Relish every word.Be simple, but go deep.Take risks.Seek beauty.Find the right pitch.Constance Hale in her book Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose Photo by Antonina Bukowska on Unsplash
Lined paper and a #2 Ticonderoga pencil, sometimes a ballpoint pen, are all I need to get my story moving or a post about parenting mighty girls started. Today’s ancient college lined paper (ten years old?!) calls for a pen, despite introducing three different pencils. You are witness to my pencils’ rebellion, or, the right… Continue reading Simple Tools
Limited moments spin away while we busily attend to details and dive into our phones. Zap! The kids are moving out, getting married, starting careers. Zap! Someone suffers a stroke, someone falls, what is our plan for aging? Zap! We’re gone. image by Ann Fisher on flickr Sit down with someone you know who is… Continue reading Connect and Endure Through Stories
In the past two years, I’ve moved, worked through personal issues, my teenagers changed sports, and we adopted a dog. My weekly mileage plunged from high 40s to 10. Yes, 10 measly miles, and that’s an up week. Our new neighborhood is flatter, 25-30 minutes farther from my run group who I haven’t seen in… Continue reading My Fat Pants Don’t Fit; Am I Still a Runner?
My husband is a blogging widower. Despite our both working from home, we only see each other at meals and to coordinate kid transportation. Our schedules are offset by several hours. While he and the kids watch RAW or Smackdown (WWE), I’m usually writing, formatting a blog post, or taking an online class. When I… Continue reading Blogging Widower