These Pickles are Enormous

Nov 24, 2013 by

Someone offered a trade once – Jake for their little girl. It was a joke – you know, he accidentally walked out with them instead of with us – something like that. So they made the offer and said, “Your mom probably wants a girl, right?” “My mom doesn’t want girls”, Jake said. “Only boys.” I don’t know what I’m doing right that makes him believe that – believe so thoroughly that he is wanted that he doesn’t even wonder if I ever dreamed of a pink hospital cap instead of a blue one. Jake has a gift – as, maybe, all children do – to live right now and only right now. I love the way I am swept into that universe every time I am with him. Like today, when he opened...

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Thirty Days to Glory: Winner!

Oct 27, 2013 by

First of all, if you enjoyed my blog interview with Mom and haven’t read the next two interviews at Felicity’s blog and Charity’s, you really should click those links and head there. It’s delightful. Although, Mom does officially owe me therapy for bald-faced lying about the favorite child thing. On Saturday I spent the best day ever  – all afternoon surrounded by books, books, books (and movie posters and greeting cards and candy) at Hastings in Kirksville, Missouri, for a mother-daughter book signing TO END ALL BOOK SIGNINGS. It was epic. I really think Nicholas Sparks would be jealous. In all seriousness, it was a dream come true for me. It was where I want to be and what I want to be every day and for all of eternity amen. I had family,...

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Hello Tuesday

Sep 10, 2013 by

Before kids, it’s TGIF. After kids, TGIM. -someone on Twitter yesterday It’s not true for me, but it made my Monday more bearable. There is a certain relief when we all return to routine and the banks are open again. In the spirit of that momentum, a few of this week’s goals: Order more copies of THE THANK YOU ROOM for my local bookstore to sell. (Done, baby.) (And my local bookstore is selling my books!) Read more poetry with Jake. I really want to order the collection put together by Caroline Kennedy, but tonight a collection put together by kids worked just as well…Oh, the girl whose classmates saw her underpants and this conclusion she’s drawn: “I wish they had not seen them, but I’m glad I had them on.” I went to...

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Staging the Comeback

Mar 26, 2013 by

In the words of Andrew Bohon circa the year he was three just after ripping from the delicate skin of his forehead a sticky bandage that probably had not been needed in the first place: Well. THAT was berry hard. A lot has happened since I wrote last. I endured the streptapocalypse of 2013 in which my throat added insult to injury with days worth of canker sores on top of the actual illness. I wasn’t quite over that when I flew to Michele’s house (that’s Michele of Chapter 5 in my book) for the annual Oscar bash. It was a quick but delightful and restful visit I intend to duplicate someday without the raging throat pain. Soon after, I waltzed (fairly) bravely into the hospital for my second lung surgery and soon after...

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Printed, Bound, and Perfect

Oct 22, 2012 by

I read an essay today about how some things are perfect just the way they are, and that includes books. Pages, covers, binding, and glue. The author of this essay wanted nothing to do with an e-reader. (Follow the link by @katiengibson to read it.) I guess in my heart I pretty much agree, so I am declaring tomorrow, October 23, 2012, the official release day for the print versions of my little book, THE THANK YOU ROOM. The paperback is a nice paperback-sort-of-size. I have seen it, and I approve. It was done by You can find it on Amazon as well (including Amazon Europe!). The hardcover features a beautiful dust jacket designed by Scribbles & Scribes, Ink. I have seen this one too. It came to my doorstep today, and it...

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All About STORY

Sep 26, 2012 by

You know what I don’t do enough of around here? Who, what, when, and where. I write almost every post with the assumption that I’m talking to Mom, you lovely people who comment regularly, and a few kind members of my old community and my new one who’ve told me they check in most of the time.  And then I’m not even that thorough for them. I rarely say a name in place of “my friend” or a time and a brand in place of “the other day at the store”. I throw out anecdotes about teachers and preachers and my workplace and the things I want to do more than anything else in the world – all with a huge cloud of vague. I do it for many reasons – but two important...

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Creativity Abounds and The Emmys Happened...

Sep 24, 2012 by

If you’ve been here before, you may know I consider it a mandate of my obsession to debrief my readers on recent awards shows, how brightly the fashion shone, and how deeply I was inspired by this speech or that one or the video montage set to the theme from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. (That happened. That song makes anything matter.) And I did, indeed, glue myself to a chair before the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. I enjoyed Julianne Moore’s neon dress and Tina Fey’s Grecian silhouette and Julie Bowen’s every blond and dewy detail. I loved the bit where Julia Louis-Dreyfus read Amy Pohler’s acceptance speech “by mistake” and the one where Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert tried to keep Jon Stewart from the stage. I loved the stage and the montages before...

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