What’s A Name?

And she grew when the children began calling her by her name and not, “Hey, you,” as they had been taught. Her stumps grew limbs that embraced the ones who had cut them off, but only after they slept for she knew her blessing would stunt them.  Her heart beat once more to the rhythm Read More …

Changing My Story

Last week, Kiddo selected The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski as part of her bedtime reading.  It’s a story about a little girl who reads a magical book without words, because the words fell out on her way home from school.  Frustrated at the absence of words, she hears a whisper (a fox perched outside her Read More …

My Gnarly, Hairy Anxiety Attack

Anxiety sucks. Period.  I’m not entirely sure when it started festering for me, but on July 1st I had my first (and hopefully last) full-blown, call-the-paramedics-I-think-I’m-having-a heart-event anxiety attack. Except I wasn’t dying… Not in front of the child, that thought made my heart race even faster.  “I could publish a textbook on what an ideal heart beat looks Read More …

New Year, New Definitions

“Tell the truth. Nah, words only.  Cheap talk. Show the truth.  Live it. Be the truth.” – Ilana Hulsey Rea Sometimes, I just need to shut my damn mouth.  Listening is worth its weight in gold, like listening to my daughter when she is telling me something that is different from what I think she Read More …

Note to Self

Dear Self, Your post from Tues (Fits and Starts) continues to irk me and let me tell you why.  What did you expect when you made the choice to stay home with Em and pursue your art?  You knew coming in the individual challenges and commitment inherent with parenting a two-year-old and dedicating yourself to craft.  But, the Read More …

On Striving at the “Day Job”

“Striving” is the word that comes to mind when I think back on conversations that I have had this week with several former employees.  Our conversations were coaching talks, catching up and just plain venting.  And, I sit on this side of my decision to leave my job and am relieved.  What is gone for Read More …

Setting Intentions

“The past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time.  It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past….That is why we dwell on the past, I think.” (Virginia Woolf) I left my corporate job at the end of February to pursue my dream Read More …