Kindness Wins – A review

Hit and run accidents have consequences. Post and run crashes aren’t so easily punishable, and sometimes the results of unkind internet words aren’t seen immediately. Online comments can be typed out more quickly than “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” and then left to fester in hurt feelings or to snowball into something uglier and crueler than the original comment ....more

Pause button

Life is made of Listen To Your Mother, dance competitions, t-ball games, writing events at elementary school, to-do lists, deadlines, commitments, schedules. I will gather those together and start them tomorrow. Today, I pressed pause and walked around the neighborhood with little ones on scooters and bikes ....more

Five things

Naked Basics from Urban Decay is my new morning makeup obsession. In a life that never seems to have enough hours for sleep, makeup makes me feel a little more put-together, even if the bags under my eyes don’t completely disappear. The simple palette from Urban Decay contains neutral shadows, and only one of them is a shimmer ....more

Experimenting with a #PerfectPlaydate

The box arrived, and they were immediately interested in the contents. “You’re taking it to Grandma’s,” I reminded them. The promise of a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa added a layer of magic to the box ....more


Books don’t spring forth, complete, from a void. Their origins seed from our experiences, the stories of the people touching our lives, places and triumphs and hurts that twist themselves into words on pages. Those words, those pages are polished and rearranged and packaged together into packages that place a little bit of ourselves into the hands of others ....more

Belief and beginnings

I ran in the cold today. The sun greeted me as I turned to the East, orange and blinding, cutting through the air without much warmth behind its rays. ...more

The weight of a backpack

I met her after school today, because even though her play date was ninety percent confirmed, sometimes first grade days don’t unfurl as planned. Today, though, everyone was smiles and giggles, and I kissed her goodbye with an offer to unsnap her backpack from her back, to take it home with me. She declined ....more

Liar’s Bench – A review

Mudas Summers is on the brink of adulthood — seventeen years old, with a set of car keys in one hand and all sorts of confusion about the truth of her mother’s death in the other. Liar’s Bench by Kim Michele Richardson explores the power of truth, the strength of love, and the ability to move past bad choices to find peace. Set in 1972, Richardson takes full advantage of the tumultuous history of the time ....more

Dishwasher triumphs and other musings

I started the dishwasher before falling asleep last night, and a few hours before that I bought a candle that smells of grapefruit and spring. Simple things, unremarkable, except that many nights I forget to press start on the dishwasher. Dirty dishes greet me in a disappointed jumble the next morning when I pull open the door, and I have to use my second or third favorite coffee mug instead of my first favorite ....more

Sweet Silver Bells, the end

I adore you for reading until the end. If you landed here today, you can start at the...more