the myth of the good mother

Originally posted on Seeing as this time of year is often referred to as awards season, let's acknowledge that there is not an award for Mother of the Year. We might hear the term thrown around on the playground when a child is eating Cheetos out of the sandbox or on Facebook when a child chooses to fully express themselves in the Target line, but the reality is, there is no such award. ...more

Day 18: down in the mines, spinning

What a profound learning experience is this 30-straight days of writing 1,700 words a day! I am a little jealous of those people who are producing works of fiction from their neat (I imagine) little outlines. I, on the other hand, am hard at work in the mines of my own memory, my own experiences, spinning as fast as I can, straw into gold, Rumpelstiltskin impatiently keeping time.On the other hand, though: gold....more

President’s Day 2011: Holiday Or Snow Day?

Who is Being Honored on President's Day?<...more

Mama's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird

Today's Reverb10 prompt is "Everything's OK" -December 24 Prompt – Everything’s OK What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?Family blog and all, but if your family is reading over your shoulder and involved in certain myths of the season, you might choose to read this later. Just sayin'....more

The Big Bra Myth

So this morning I was watching Live With Regis and Kelly, and they did the usual segment on how 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size....more

Thanks for cutting through the crap! But I think it's a stocking problem. There are not enough ...more

Writing the Hero's Journey

When my son was a child, he always asked to hear “Rapunzel” when we were together in the car. This story, like Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, Snow White, and countless others involves a child abandoned in some way first by her mother who dies and then by her father.   ...more

Cinematic poetry (it can happen)

The other evening I had the distinct pleasure of encountering the delights of Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg. Since it’s been winging its way around the US festival circuit since April, I shall shunt my lyrical waxings elsewhere, and instead talk about something shiny and new, but nonetheless related.   ...more

Medwins Room – What People are saying

Snotlings, pickwicks and colbies inhabit a magical world created by author Termina Ashton in her children’s book called Medwins Room. ...more

Eclipsing Personal Myths or Advanced Truth Seeking

There was a partial solar eclipse last night at 10:44 EST. In the language of astrology, eclipses are opportunities to either make or break patterns, or if you will, personal myths, we've set up in our lives. ...more