What It Feels Like to Become a Mother Before Becoming a Mom

Nine years ago today, I pushed my daughter into this world with one last mighty push. Nine years ago today, I became a mother. Nine years ago today, a brand new resident doctor stitched me up while my daughter's mom held her for the first time, my arms empty. The pain of the inexperienced stitching didn't compare to the burning hot pain in my heart as I lived through that first experience of almost but not quite, the life-long journey of birth motherhood....more
Jenna, I love you and my heart breaks for you today as it does a lot of days. I can't imagine ... more

You Don't Have to Be Friends with the Whole Internet

I've been blogging for 11 years. Friends have come and gone, amicably and not so, over the years. Sometimes the friendship doesn't even end; it's thrown into a hiatus because of offline life happenings. Sometimes people stop blogging. Sometimes you're demoted. Misunderstandings abound on the Internet, straining and ending friendships without the ability to look each other in the eye and apologize, accept forgiveness. The beginning and ending of friendships on the Internet is a given. It happens. We move on. But what about those people that you don't want to be friends with in the first place? ...more
You are awesome and our friendship is too! It sounded like I was going to write a poem there but ... more

Photography: Tips for Shooting Fast Movers

What's the most ordinary flower you can think of? In fact, what's the most ordinary weed you can think of? Dandelions, right? What's beautiful about dandelions? To a child... everything....more
Since I am just learning to shoot in manual some of the "big photography words" confused me =) ... more