Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Beautiful Like Me…It’s all about the brain

I’m posting for the  Beautiful Like Me project, hosted by WickedStepMom, this is a bi-weekly post dedicated to raising awareness about the lack of self-esteem and poor body image in today’s youth. If you’d like to join in, please do. Simply leave a link to your post here or on the main project page.
For this [...]

Beautiful Like Me: Who Influences Me…and You?

As part of WickedStepMom’s Beautiful Like Me project, she’s asked people to answer the question, What person or people are the most influential about how you feel about yourself?  Who influences you the most to feel beautiful?
My husband is teaching himself the art of photography and he has built a studio in our home. A photographer can’t [...]

Beautiful Like Me: Conformity is a Trap

It’s 6:10 AM and I’m sitting here still trying to decide what to write about for the bi-weekly Beautiful Like Me post, so please bear with me as I ramble a bit. Today’s article is supposed to address the question, What features/qualities would we like today’s children to see as beautiful?

As usual, I’ve been [...]

Sushi Grade Blogs

You know how sometimes you just click with someone and the connection is easy and makes sense?  Jan from Jan’s Sushi Bar is one of those bloggers. We’ve been hanging out together in Cyber Town for more than a year now, and not only does she post fantastic recipes, she fills her pages with humorous [...]

I Need to Live in My Mud Boots

Most often, before I write something, anything, I can hear the words in my head before I commit them to paper. I write inside my head so often and so easily that if I’m in the middle of a debate or argument with my husband someone and start to suffocate with an inability to articulate, [...]

Friday Funday

Everyone needs a little fun on Friday. While reading this morning’s news, I saw an article about how to choose a pet according to your zodiac sign. A little light reading in the face of headlines touting doom and gloom seemed like a novel idea.
Since I’m really an anal retentive control freak who likes to [...]

Looking for Treasure

When I was a small, pig-tailed girl, I’d walk the 100 yards between my parents’ house and their store pulling a Radio Flyer wagon behind me. Every time I’d see something catch the sun’s ray and reflect from the road’s grassy shoulder, I’d stop to investigate. Sometimes my discovery was only worth a glimpse or [...]

5 Things You’re Dying to Know About Me

Do you know Janie over at Midlife Slices? If not, you should. I think she’s a little bit of wonderful, and it has nothing to do with the fact that she turned me into a sex goddess for Christmas. Really, she did. If you don’t believe me, click here and then scroll half way down [...]

Do You Let It All Hang Out?

Last spring I set up a Facebook account, and then promptly forgot about it. Over the last several months my friend The Graphic Goddess has become rather smitten with the social media and kept pinging me to become an active user.
If prompts had been coming from a family member or old high school acquaintance, I [...]

Dad Knows Best

Dad has never been a hands-on, in-your-face kind of parent. All those Baby Boomer Helicopter Parents, he thinks they’re a little nuts. In fact, as intrusive as I am, he’s not. Sure, he’ll tell you what’s right and what’s wrong, if you ask. He’ll give you an opinion or two, if you really push, but [...]