Girl. Woman. Girl. Girl. Girl. Girl.

She was 14, maybe. Her mom or caregiver yanked her by the arm, and hissed, "What is wrong with you?"  ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for ...more

Too Much Stuff: An All-American Problem

Editor's Note: This NaBloPoMo post was originally published on November 9, 2015. ...more

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable or Drive the Guests Away With These 9 Tips

And there are the social dynamics to consider: Who should sit by whom? Little Janie is in 6th grade now and has the start of teen angst, is she going to be offended by having to sit at the kids' table? Will all of my relatives get along, or will ...more

When Your Dog Awkwardly Kills Your Other Pet

No better way to ruin a tea party than to have your pet casually murder your other pet. ...more

How My Son Got Me to Work Out at the Crack of Dawn

Editor's note: Working out on a regular (or even semi-reg) basis is kind of like taking part in NaBloPoMo. You have to show up and do the work every day, no excuses. This post was originally published on November 17. --Nicole ...more

12 of My Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Editor's Note: Watching kids getting deep into books is always a treat. And seeing them get excited to learn or laugh -- or both! -- about holidays like Thanksgiving is pretty high up there, too. This NaBloPoMo piece offers up some great choices for children's books about Thanksgiving. It was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for five minutes and letting the words flow; no editing, no second-guessing. And it's an honest, thoughtful piece. This post was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more
I really enjoyed reading this and will try the 5 minute activity! I totally agree, the social ...more

Best Book Gifts for Moms With a Bent Sense of Humor.

Fair Warning: This post is almost completely affiliate links. Not that anyone cares, but the feds say you have to announce that stuff, right? So there it is....more

A grateful heart: Baking with Marm

When I was little, we lived next door to my grandparents for awhile. On Thanksgiving, I remember traipsing the few hundred yards over to watch my grandma and mom in the kitchen, the sound of parades and football blaring, and begging, sometimes successfully, to play my uncle’s Atari or Nintendo....more

A Home Not Our Own

An excerpt from A HOME NOT OUR OWN from November 25, 2015:Today, I contemplate how grateful I am that the homeowner of this house accepted our lease application last Spring, and that this rental was available for immediate move in. Had another week passed we would have been homeless... again. Relief that that was not the case.Although still in a home not our own, it's nice to feel safe and warm. Take care, be well, good night and sweet dreams. ...more

NaBloPoMo (11/2015) - Day 25: Thanksgiving Eve

 The turkey is cleaned. The dressing is mixed. Now it's just a matter of getting everything in the oven, cooked, and taken to my aunt's house for Thanksgiving dinner.For decades, Thanksgiving dinner took place at my grandmother's house. Gram would cook just about everything. And she would start days ahead of time. When Mom moved back here, she'd take all of Thanksgiving week off of work to help Gram....more

Why Art Matters

 Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.— Thomas Merton...more

On A Quest...

NaBloPoMo Post #25For a Song in a DreamI took a nap this afternoon and slept very heavily for a while. I dreamed very vividly. In my dream I was singing a song to my family....more


My brother butt dialed me today. I picked up the phone, "Hello?"There was no reply."Helloooo? Bro? You there?"No reply."Hellooooooooo? Did you butt-dial me??"Like he was going to answer that question."HELLO??? Brother?? YOU THERE?? I hear weird sounds! I hope it's a butt-dial..."I hung up. "Vin! My brother just butt-dialed me, and I heard weird sounds...""Huh? Like what? Is he okay?""It sounded like he was mashing something? Or whipping somethi... OH! Oh, gross!", I recoiled in horror....more

12 Brilliant Ways To Create More Time To Crochet!

1. Sleep in your clothes. You've probably heard about laying your clothes out the night before to save time the next morning. But I say heck - why not cut the time out altogether? Go to bed dressed for tomorrow. That way you don't have to dress when you get up in the morning, thereby saving you even more time. Note: T-shirts, jeans and knit items work the best....more

Unconditional Love

When our oldest cat died, Bob was left alone. He needed a companion, so we went back to the animal rescue center where we had adopted him. ...more

When Tragedy Strikes

My children's friend died yesterday in a tragic backyard accident. Her little brother got struck by the same falling tree, but he will be alright. He does have three broken ribs and bruises, but he is going to come out strong. We went to Children's Hospital today to see him and the family....more