Writing Date

I don’t typically write about my own writing in my blog so indulge me, if you will. Today a friend who is a very accomplished author with wonderful habits and rituals came for a writing date. She explained how she infuses fun in her daily life and writing process. We visited for a while andContinue reading “Writing Date”

My new best friend

Today we picked up our new puppy and it’s the most incredible feeling. Three hours of cuddling on the ride home and our new boy and I were falling in love. The attachment process is magical. We stopped at the pet store to pick up a few necessities and I’d forgotten how magnetic the drawContinue reading “My new best friend”

My Wish

This song has been a favorite of mine and countless other parents since it was released 12 years ago. While our country is in the aftermath of yet another school shooting, and parents are holding their children a little bit tighter this weekend, I am celebrating my daughter’s marriage. I know how fortunate I amContinue reading “My Wish”

Best of 2017

Thinking about 2017, I’ve read so many best of lists – books, movies, cupcakes. I decided to choose best photo memories of my year. Wishing everyone a 2018 full of good memories. January: full moon through the trees February: First run of the day skiing with the sun and moon in full view. March: LenticularContinue reading “Best of 2017”

Interview with Diana Gallagher, author of “Lessons in Falling” Raffle to win free signed copy

        #17DABash interview with the author, Diana Gallagher and a chance to win a free signed copy of the book.  Comment on this blog post to be entered in the raffle! “Lessons in Falling” is a beautifully written contemporary YA book. Before we meet Savannah, she’s suffered a career-ending gymnastics injury.  TheContinue reading “Interview with Diana Gallagher, author of “Lessons in Falling” Raffle to win free signed copy”

Look for happiness

I love coffee. It’s magical. Coffee is one of the things that makes me happy. This particular cup (yesterday with a good friend) would have been appreciated for the obvious reasons. But the bubbles formed when milk, yes milk – never cream, was added let me know coffee loves me too. 💕

You can go home again

I was lucky 🍀💚🍀 enough to spend a decade at a great school with fabulous colleagues, the most supportive families, and children that filled my heart every single day. I’ve been gone for 17 months but whenever I return to Chicago, a priority for me is reconnecting with the children who made getting up atContinue reading “You can go home again”

A Writer’s Life – a Nanowrimo reflection

I’ve immersed myself in writing over the last year, making connections and friends at conferences, retreats, and social media. My craft has improved along the way, as I have written three picture books and a novel. I’ve learned that revision can be painful but the finished product is better for it. I’ve described it asContinue reading “A Writer’s Life – a Nanowrimo reflection”

Squam Lake Writing Retreat

A weekend spent in the company of other writers is enlightening. A weekend in a serene setting with a lake and a challenging hike to beautiful views is also lovely. When you are able to combine these two into the same weekend, you’ve really done something special. It’s thrilling to have casual time with otherContinue reading “Squam Lake Writing Retreat”

Small World Moment

“I miss my friends!”                            Yesterday I stopped by a store on Pearl Street that reminded me of a store from my days living in Glencoe. I asked the woman helping me if they were a franchise because I remembered a store “Shoefly”Continue reading “Small World Moment”