Book Launch Party: MEANINGFUL CONFLICTS
It was everything and more! Many thanks to the 150 people who gathered at the Community House in Winnetka to toast the worldwide release of Off Campus Writers’ Workshop’s themed anthology Meaningful Conflicts. I have a flash fiction piece and a poem in the book, and I served as a developmental editor (my first editorial…
Book Release: Turning Points
It’s been a surreal week and I was able to do something I’ve dreamt of for so long: walk into a book store and hold a copy of my book. In sharing this news, I think it’s important to infuse this caveat: I’ve had many other writing/book projects fail. I had a children’s book and…
At Long Last, Some Book News
It is delightfully surreal to share that I have a book coming out. My short story ‘Outfit of the Day’ will be published in an Anthology titled ‘Turning Points.’ The backstory: I am a member of Off Campus Writers’ Workshop in Winnetka. The group is marking its 75th Anniversary as a longstanding Chicago writing group…
Flashes of orange, of goldA dancing candle’s glowSliding arms through coatsGusts, encirclingWhen it did gray replace blue? Closing windows, opening cabinetsSo much candySo much candyEverything is layeredEverything inside, everything outside OctoberHow did that happenSo abruptWith such graceA fluttering finger, touching the wind (and still, so much candy) I’m relieved. I’m unsettled.
The New Normal: #MaskingForAFriend
Wow, masks are uncomfortable. The first time I put one on, I had to resist the urge to rip it off my face. It was stifling, itchy, and awkward. Is it possible for a nose to sweat?! All of this and yet I only wore it for a brief few minutes, to pick up a…
Breathing Space: Cherry Blossoms
In the midst of all of this chaos, birds are still singing, flowers are still opening up, and the sun keeps faithfully rising.
Staying Home: 11 Things We’re Doing
Feeling anxious? Me too. These are wild times. Hang in there, I’m here for you. Also, here are 11 things we are doing to keep our sanity: 1. Lunch Doodles with famed children’s book author/illustrator Mo Willems. 2. Cincinnati Zoo’s Home Safari at 2pm CST. Yesterday we learned about porcupines. 3. Highlights Grade Level Workbooks.…
City Girl Confessions: Hello Neighbor
My street has been lined with moving trucks. Our neighbors (that we loved) have moved out. New neighbors (that we hope to love) have moved in.
Minimalist vs. Maximalist: Which one are you?
A friend recently made a fascinating observation about me after she saw photos of my living room (don’t worry, that is not my living room pictured above). She said, “You live like such a minimalist…yet you dress like such a maximalist!”
Happy Love Day
Last night, I was zooming home from a biz event. My eyes were heavy and exhausted from a wild schedule that day. The car slowed to a stop and I turned to my right to see the city lit up in cheerful pink and red. Immediately, something lifted. I felt loved. (I hope you feel…