Peregrine Island – A review

Tangled family relationships are the beating heart of Peregrine Island, a novel by Diane B. Saxton, meaning I readily dove into the book. The haunting tale about a piece of art that has the potential to bring an estranged family together — if it doesn’t first divide them beyond repair ....more


photo by Abbey (she’s in the midst of a self-proclaimed leaf project) I drive down the same few streets most days, the kind of routes my car could likely make on its own, where I’m more attuned to what’s flooding my speakers or what the kids are saying from behind my seat. The leaves began turning a little while ago, reminding me each time I see another tree bursting into color that time is streaming forward whether I’m ready to see it go or not. I’m currently tired and a little worn down ....more

Start and stop and start again

My coffee doesn’t look nearly as sun kissed — or as prepared by a barista — this morning as it did a couple short weeks ago when we were driving home from Michigan Adventure. I wish it did, of course. The chill in the air is partially welcome, especially by a certain, sweet girl who desperately wants to wear her new fall clothes, but I’m still feeling a bit wistful for summer ....more

Winding down

Taking Abbey to a birthday party was one of the things I did on my birthday this year — along with consuming mass quantities of garlic and chicken schwarma. I teased her that I should be invited since it happened to be my birthday, too, but she’s discovered the tween eye roll and sigh combination that’s sure to drive me to the brink of ballistic more times than I’ll be able to count. She wanted to walk, despite carrying a present in the sweltering heat, so we did ....more

The connection between ease and strength

Motivational quotes float around Pinterest like dandelion fuzz, getting stuck on my boards and in my head. One of them comes out of the mouths of the instructors at the studio where I work out many mornings: It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger. A quick search lead to this possible source of the quote: screenshot courtesy of “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” (Steve Maraboli,...more

Five things: #BlogHer16 recap

Recapping conferences eludes me, though words are my favorite things. I generally have access to a cornucopia of them, but I stumble when I’m trying to parlay an experience I shared with thousands of other people, each of them with their own perspective on the event. Each BlogHer...more

Expanding and contracting

I just spent four days in California, immersed in writing inspiration, community, and advice. By the time my plane landed in Michigan, I...more

Five Things: What I’ve been reading — and re-reading

Once upon a time, in a land pretty much exactly the same as this one, I loved reviewing books in this space. I sought out quotes, made graphics, and poured my heart into my thoughts about those books and my book recommendations. I loved those reviews ....more

The lingering scent of lavender

I visited a lavender farm today, only miles away from my home yet light years away. For three hours I sat with other writers, participating in a workshop about character development, conflict, setting, and the way the three are inexorably tied together in strong pieces of writing. I sat with two women I already admire as writers and met new ones I hope to get to know better ....more

On buying shoes

pre-first Communion pedicures with my favorite girl I was 18 years old the last time I bought Birkenstocks. I spent my summer working in the shoe department at the department store formally known as Hudson’s, which was half my dream job and half a nightmare — access to all of that fabulous footwear teeter-tottering with having to help slide other people’s feet into shoes. My wardrobe teeter-tottered, too, wedges and crop tops in one breath,...more