To take heart…

I’m diving back into my memoir. Or more accurately, I’ve ditched the first draft and starting all over again. I so want to get this right. To share our journey of loss, but more so, our adventures through life, together as a family. Our daughter, their sister died, but we’ve lived. Really lived. In my […]

Go slow, mon.

As my feet slipped into the pinkish sand, I thought, “I’ve been here before.” And I had. In 1977 my family, including my Mom and Dad and four brothers, flew to Eleuthera, Bahamas to visit my older sister Karen. She was living there with her then-husband, who was serving in the Navy. I was sixteen […]

A day in the life of a writer

When asked what I do, I used to rip off a litany of roles I’ve served. Wife, mom, founder of Claire’s Day, former council woman. Now I simply respond; I write. I write. The next question is the obvious. What do you write? And I say, children’s books. Usually people are pretty stoked about that […]

List of Happys

My daughter Kyle gave me an incredible gift this Christmas. It is a letter book, Treasured Passages, for mother and daughter. The concept is I fill out a card with a writing prompt, and send to her. She then fills out the card with her answers, and sends back to me to include within the […]

Post Script

Post Script noun an additional statement or action that provides further information on or a sequel to something. Seven years ago, I served as the adult leader in a church youth group mission. The teenagers assigned to work with me were from across the country. They were amazing as we were thrust into a situation […]

A tribute to my kids

As I begin to write this, my cell phone flashes 3:33. I wake up constantly to this same time, almost to the point that I think my circadian rhythms are aligning to this number. What it symbolizes to me is that I have 3 kids, always 3 kids. I have one who is no longer […]