The Power of a Yellow Vest

As part of my somewhat irregular attempt to garner a Mother of the Year award, which to date has been received with mixed reviews, I volunteered this weekend for my child. Her soccer club hosted a tournament, and those are a special kind of hell requiring thousands of man hours all for the sake our […]

A Little Experiment

I’m curious. Some of the peeps and I have been talking about gender roles in reading and writing. I’ll spare you the dogma and diatribes, and you’re welcome. Today, I’m going to give us a test. The following four excerpts are from novels I have read. Can you tell which ones are by women and […]

Reading Sex

photo credit: Artotem Some of my favorite female writers were chatting it up on twitter, asking some good questions about sex and writing. Lisa was looking for women who write specifically about leadership, and noticed a paucity of female inclusion on male-owned blogs. Andi wanted to know why often, male bloggers don’t include many, if […]

Ordinary Objects

In the evening, before I turn off the kitchen lights, before I lock the front door, and send the dogs out for the last time (hopefully), before the kids make the deep, quiet breaths of fathomless sleep, I stand at the kitchen sink, thinking about tomorrow. I rinse out the coffee grounds and wash out […]

For Family

The first half marathon I ran was the Oklahoma City Memorial race. Oklahomans are painfully cognizant of the bombing that the race commemorates. Eighteen years ago tomorrow, domestic terror ripped through the city, killing 168 people, including 19 children under six years of age. My running partner, Ellen, and I awoke to a thunderous chorus from the skies […]

Copper Bottomed Pans

Who knew one could form an emotional attachment to cookware? As a girl, I spent a fair amount of time with Revereware copper-bottomed pots and pans. I washed them in soapy water after dinner. I dried them and hung them at the top of the stairwell in the clever storage system my father had rigged […]

Writing Who You Are

As part of my degree in English Literature, which as we all know is a highly sought after major by businesses far and wide, I was required to take a course in Literary Criticism. LIt Crit, we called it, and only juniors and seniors could enroll. The resident homo-erotic-passage-finding, Alfred Hitchock aficionado (whom I only […]

Cloaked in Flaws

She was not pleased, my daughter, as she approached the end of Anne of Green Gables. Neither she nor her brother were interested when I suggested I read them the books as part of our daily homeschool reading. But after the first chapter, they were hooked. They beg for Anne. Plead with her. Clean their […]

Sisters from Other Misters

No one was, as they say, more surprised that I. In fact, it came as a huge shock. Fortunately, I learned it early. Still hurt to learn it, though, what with pride coming before the fall and all that. I learned it the hard way, which seems to be the only way I can learn […]

Sweet Waiting; A One Word Update

I spent a few hours on Saturday making the cake for this little baby. On Sunday, with a full belly from our church luncheon, I whipped up the two different kinds of icing that filled and frosted the pretty little thing. My mouth watered with anticipation. I love love love making over the top desserts […]