When dad died I was told by my counselor to write, write it all out, to release it. I already held an inkling of love for storytelling and now there was the added benefit of free therapy. David came with us on the last meeting. We were supposed to release a balloon into the air… Continue reading My Final Goodbye to My “Step” Father
Standardized testing is a term, that for over the past several decades has become taboo. But, what is the problem? Where is the base of it? Or does it exist at all? When Did We Institute Standardized Tests Anyway? As the U.S. gathered recruits in preparation to join the effort of World War I they… Continue reading What’s The Core Problem With Standardized Testing?
I don't write much about my husband, mostly because he is an incredibly private man and I try to respect that, but today I am making an exception. I wish he saw the man that I saw or knew the man that I know. I wonder how he doesn't look in the mirror each morning… Continue reading Understanding and Recognizing an Exceptional Intelligence
It was 1940 when a lifelong friendship of two twelve-year-old girls would ignite, it was an epic friendship between Beth and Odean. They would go through school years together, go on to college together, get married and celebrate being parents together. I can't blame fate so much as happenstance- seats were assigned based on the… Continue reading The Legacy Of Our Friendships
"So how long have you suffered from depression," the doctor leaned in this past summer reading over my chart. "I don't know, my dad died five days before my eleventh birthday, so with a tragic backstory like that who knows at what point the road of depression crossed over the road of trauma. Or was… Continue reading Decades After A Loved One Has Passed
It was two Thanksgivings ago that we drove B from the Tennesee Valley to the Big Easy. He would only be staying one of the three nights we would be there before flying home to his mom in Colorado that next morning. By the time we managed our way through the Thanksgiving rush of the… Continue reading Finding Our Rhythms in Our Family Playbook
"Stop giving the people in your life homework," a friend of mine said when I discussed my struggle to receive any feedback from friends or family on my memoir I completed last fall. A writer cannot have a career without an audience, homework is just kind of part of the having a writer in your… Continue reading 5 Super Easy Ways to Support Your Blogger Friends
Having a popular name that no one can remember.
I have officially started my third novel, that is yet again another memoir. This one though has a twist, it's all about the spooky and supernatural adventures I have experienced. I have been avoiding writing this story, but the need to tell it is so great that it has overpowered my muse and left me… Continue reading 5 Must Read Real Life Supernatural Thrillers
There has been so much conversation on school tragedy after school tragedy this year and the many ways that the government should handle it, or the educational institutions should fix it. Ideas like lock downs, gun control, hyped security measures are being thrown around. These things, though possibly a patch to slow the frequency of… Continue reading 5 Game Changers That Could Stop School Violence