Writing

On Jumping Over Hurdles, and Falling With (on Your) Dignity

  Track is a sport of self-motivation.  Though, technically, you run against other racers, it's really you against yourself -- Can you force yourself to do a little better?  Last a little longer?  Go a little faster?  I ran track for eight years. It was one big party in grade school, but when I got to high school the… Continue reading On Jumping Over Hurdles, and Falling With (on Your) Dignity

Books, Writing

That “Other Stuff” We Learn from Books…

 (Here's a post from the archives that I thought was appropriate for this holiday week.  Happy Monday, all!) Recently, my four kids and I were on a forty-five minute jaunt up to my sister's place for a visit. It had been a peaceful trip -- no arguing about what music to play, no incessant poking, no -- I'm not whining!  You… Continue reading That “Other Stuff” We Learn from Books…

Writing

Another Loss for the Chicago Cubs, and the Begetting of Joy

  When you think of the Chicago Cubs, you might think of goats and curses, of yuppies and cell phones, or of fans that never stop believing, "This is our year!"  You might think about the seasons that almost were, or the seasons that were so painful to watch it was like pouring paint thinner into a… Continue reading Another Loss for the Chicago Cubs, and the Begetting of Joy

Writing

Stranded on the Island of Misfit Ideas

  When you're a writer, ideas seem to sneak up on you at some of the most inopportune moments.  While you're off pretending to be a normal, social member of society, an idea may suddenly flash across your brain in bright neon lights.  You race away, jotting down notes as quickly as possible in an effort to… Continue reading Stranded on the Island of Misfit Ideas

Writing

The Procrastination Factor

While getting ready for NaNoWriMo, I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to clean out my basement.  The basement I had been meaning to clean out for three years.  The basement I had resigned myself to thinking of as an eclectic, artsy display of, "Our Life -- Through the Ages."  The urge was strong, but I was able to pull myself… Continue reading The Procrastination Factor

Books, For Readers

You Can’t Judge a Person by Their Book Covers

There are so many reasons why I love going to the library: the books, the all-knowing librarians, the books, the atmosphere. The books.  And, now that my kids are all in school, I can actually go to the library by myself and spend more than the usual fifteen seconds looking around. Even better, though, I… Continue reading You Can’t Judge a Person by Their Book Covers