An Open Letter to High School Graduates


Congratulations! Take a bow; you deserve it. I’m sure you worked very hard. High school is tough these days, and it’s nearly impossible to sail through without tenacity and effort, especially if you are ambitious and have your sights set on future greatness of some kind. By “future greatness,” of course, I mean your own … Continue reading An Open Letter to High School Graduates

Watching a Novelist at Work


photo by theilr I was recently asked if I’d consider participating in a program at a local college that aims to pair professionals with Honors students who are pursuing similar careers. The goal is to forge a mentoring relationship. After hearing some of the details of the program, I expressed my interest. It sounded like … Continue reading Watching a Novelist at Work

Rate Yourself As A Mom On A Scale of 1 To 10


photo by Alio Viera The other night at dinner, I sat at the kitchen table with my teenage daughter. Some nights, “family dinner” means just us two. I’ve been getting used to making dinners that are easy to scoop out and reheat in a flash. Teenagers are here one minute, gone the next. And I’m … Continue reading Rate Yourself As A Mom On A Scale of 1 To 10

How to make cleaning toilets more enjoyable.


In an effort to make cleaning toilets more enjoyable, I’ve made a game out of it. I recommend you try this; it’s endless fun. After playing this game with some regularity and frequency, I’ve been forced to do a bit of soul searching and I’ve come to realize I’ll never be a hall-of-famer at this … Continue reading How to make cleaning toilets more enjoyable.