Family, Inspiration

An Inspiring and Compassionate Birthday Wish

  Some of us approach birthdays with trepidation, others with a sense of joy, and some people really don't think about being another year old. My mother used to be in the first category, especially in the last two decades. Her image of youth and trying to maintain it seemed to be constantly on her… Continue reading An Inspiring and Compassionate Birthday Wish

Encouragement, Faith, Inspiration, life lessons

How To Live Before You Die

  The last week was a blur. I attended the Association of Writing Professionals (AWP) 43rd conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center with three of my writing group sisters. The week of 'conferencing' was a good one, inspiring and fun, but when I say conference I mean a 12,000 peopled flow of writers, editors,… Continue reading How To Live Before You Die

Family, Inspiration, Parenting, Strong Women

The Pope and My Mother

I'm not a Catholic anymore, but like millions of people, I watched Pope Francis' visit to Washington D.C and the other parts of America. Since the day he became Pope, I admired his Christian demeanor and his actions above rhetoric. His compassion for the homeless, the children, and immigrants reminded me of a lesson my… Continue reading The Pope and My Mother