Reading and Writing

As a writer I find it embarrassing that I was never an avid reader as a kid. I was much more interested in going outside. It didn’t really matter what I was doing, as long as it was outside. Mostly, I wandered. I looked at things, smelled flowers, tried to talk to the birds, and when I felt really brave, I would lift up a rock and see who I might find hiding underneath. … More Reading and Writing

Fearless Frida

My sons and I have been crafting a story about our cat since summer break started. This morning we had a brainstorming session and they helped me come up with this character sketch. It’s actually kind of funny, because our real Frida is terrified of thunder and lightning (or as we call them, the “Boom-booms”). … More Fearless Frida

Mermaids of Belonging

How do I define “magic” in my workshop? It’s not about people drawing masterpieces. It’s about people (in this case, teenagers) sharing, laughing, focusing, and playing with their imaginations. A group dynamic of peers supporting, encouraging, and complimenting one another. How does this kind of magic affect our sense of belonging?  … More Mermaids of Belonging

Nothing But Love

There was a box on the top shelf of my closet that was calling to me. I knew exactly where it was even though I had not opened it for almost a decade. I pulled out the golden hook and a ball of yarn. I sat on my comfy couch in the sun near the window and I began to think about my Grandmother. I could see her hands… … More Nothing But Love