Overcoming the Fear of Personal Blogging: Why I Choose to Go "Public"

One of the hardest things about having a personal blog is that it’s well… personal.  I’ve always had a love of writing and knew I wanted to incorporate it into my life in some way —whether personally or professionally — but when it came down to WHAT I’d write about, that’s where it got tricky....more
SunshineSassypants oh wow, yes- it's certainly a hot topic right now for whatever reason!  I saw ...more

Chia Seeds, Savasana, and Kismet

A Wellness and Writing Retreat was just what the doctor ordered.  Nestled in a secluded valley of southern Idaho, twelve remarkable women gathered for the weekend to breathe in fresh mountain air, eat nutritious food, exercise, share personal stories, and to write.  It was nothing short of a rendezvous with fate.Read more...http://www.theloghomekitchen.com/chia-seeds-savasana-kismet/...more

On Writing

 Writing is difficult. To take your thoughts and turn them into something even remotely understandable requires education. To write those thoughts in a way that is grammatically acceptable is a skill. To write those thoughts in a way that accurately conveys information requires proficiency that takes constant practice. To write in a way that is compelling – that is an art. Like many arts, there are different subcategories of writing. I am fairly skilled in informal writing, like the kind you find on my blog....more

Writer's Block Is A Liar

Just yesterday I made the remark of how my brain was so blocked. No creativity was flowing at all. Wrapped and strapped tight in its own straight jacket. Bound. For like, three days. Might as well be an eternity. Infinity-plus-one-no-tags-back-triple-dog-dare-you to write just one word. ...more

How to Stay Creative (and Generate Ideas)

As a writer and a blogger, one of the things I struggle with is how to stay creative and generate ideas. Just ask my husband about how I wander the house declaring "I have nothing to say!"I get anxious when I am stuck - staring at a blank page, begging for brilliant ideas to reveal themselves....more

The Perfection Monster



There I stood, in the middle of Times Square, completely exposed.The backpack slung over my shoulder was the only coverage I had. Swinging the bag across the front of my body, I tried to figure out which was the better side to cover. ...more

Rhetoric vs. Reality

Below are excerpts of a letter to fellow members of the Columbia community, from Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University...more

Read Better to Write Better

In every writers group, in every forum, in every book or blog about writing—you’ll find this advice: if you want to write (or write better), read. See, it’s easy for writers to get caught up in the writing process and forget what their readers experience....more


I'm here exhausted and full of breakfast.  Can I write my 500 words in this state?  Can I push forward with no ifs and buts?  Of course I can.  I've caught up on my sleep and Mr. Sun is smiling down on me with a promise of  28 degrees Celsius....more