Mothering myself

Mother is a verb, not a noun.”  ~ English Proverb It’s going to take several days to recover from last week’s domestic flurry – a self-inflicted storm of floor washing, napkin ironing, furniture polishing, and grocery shopping. As most women would, I blamed it initially on the Thanksgiving holiday and the fact that I would […]

Feasting by candlelight

It was the weirdest thing. A pair of brass candlesticks I’d kept on top of the curio cabinet had suddenly disappeared. It was the night before Thanksgiving, and up until then, I was operating under the delusion that everything on my to-do list was checked off or in good order. My dining room table was […]

How to find your voice

And there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.” — Mary Oliver In my workshops for new writers, we often discuss the importance of finding or developing a “voice.” As William Zinsser points out, it’s as simple (or as difficult) as this: Your voice is who you are. Early on, most […]

Looking for Walden

“My greatest skill in life has been to want but little.” — Henry David Thoreau Thanks to the digital tools of modern technology, I now have a mind-boggling array of options — the whole world — at my fingertips. Without leaving the desk chair in my home office, I can converse online with colleagues I’ve […]

Stress-free Holiday Parties?

A smiling face is half the meal” – Latvian proverb Now that November’s here, shelter magazines are already featuring stories on holiday entertaining. Here’s a favorite essay from Writing Home – reprinted with the hope that it will set the tone for a more relaxed holiday season at your house ….    The Secret of Stress-free […]