Twenty-Two: Make It Up As You Go Along

Dear Zoe and Talia, Several months ago, I wrote “Twins Birthday Letter” in my planner so I wouldn’t wait until the last minute to sit and write to you. I’m happy to report that I began this post six days earlier than I have the last two years, though it remains to be seen if…

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Labor of Love

Motherhood really is a labor of love, and time spent as an editor at the online journal Literary Mama was also described as such. As volunteer editors, we toiled without pay to help emerging and established writers share their stories of motherhood and parenting. We read, we discussed, we fine-tuned other’s writing. We also learned…

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Learning From the Past: An Interview with Ashley Lawless

Novels about mothers and daughters fascinate me, so I’m looking forward to reading Where We Began by Ashley Lawless. The book released in May 2023, and though it was Ashley’s debut, she says she’s been writing for ages and loves “sharing her stories with the people she loves the most.” One reader wrote of the…

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Keep Dreaming

Sleep and I have always been friends. When I was a toddler, I sat at the bottom of the stairs in the early evening, just waiting for someone to take me up and put me in bed. As a kid, I enjoyed sleeping in, which in our house was 7 am or later. When I…

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No Words for the New Year 2

For several years in a row, I put together a “Words for the New Year” post, one that helped guide me through the year. I wasn’t unique in this practice. A lot of people choose one word to hold onto as their north star for the year. I tended to choose a quote. But last…

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Audiobook News!

Audiobooks, like all other forms of books, are near and dear to my heart, and I’m so pleased that The Weight We Carry is now available as an audiobook. It’s always interesting to me how a narrator interprets a book, which means I just might have to ask this narrator, Dianne Jackson, to be an…

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