Thursday, February 18, 2016

Find What Works...

Hi Friends!

I'm on You Plus 2 Parenting today as day 17 in a series called "28 Days of Play" and I'd love for you to take a quick read and share if you feel inclined. Motherhood is my greatest joy in life but nobody said it was easy! Do you play with your kids? Like really get down on the floor and play? This series is all about how we play, why we don't and how we manage, struggle and delight in playing with our kids.

I love that when we share our stories we realize we are so much more alike in our struggles and joy, than different. As I was trying to find photos to submit with this piece, I realized I have very few photos of me with the kids.  I'm always behind the lens!  I'm going to make it a point to get in more photos this year. Also, going down memory lane with all the photos of the kids when they were little is heart swelling!

From Rachel Cedar, Founder of You Plus 2 Parenting:
28 Days of Play, Day 17: Starting today with a wonderfully relatable post by mom & friend Tricia Kushman Anderson. She reminds us to find what works for us in play, embrace it, and revel in our small victories along the way.
"We do a face off and the foam puck goes sliding on the tile, making its way to the net that comes up to my knee. I quickly score and really allow myself to get into the spirit of this game. I laugh out loud and feel my competitive spirit kick in. Look at me! I’m not just enduring this, I’m having fun! I’m a cool mom!

Friday, June 13, 2014

In your Eyes...

photo credit: Jesse Michener

I took the clippers out again.
No plastic colored guard attached, just the silver metal blade looking like little teeth along the edge.
I don't feel anything like I did the last time.
I feel calm, like this is easy to do.
The $100 cut and color job falls in chunks as I make wide stripes down my head, taking out what is left of my hair.
It's barely hanging on- like I used to be, so I simply set it free.
My head is perfectly shaped, as if it longed to be bald.
I set myself free.
I will no longer be taking handfuls of my hair out of the drain.
I took all the bottles of spray and jars of hair products, so many products, off the shelf.
I gave the wig products prominent space.
I feel myself filling up, not needing hair anymore.
Sure, I'll welcome it back if it decides to return, but this is me now.
When I look at myself in the mirror:
bald head
blue eyes
slight spattering of freckles,
Maybe for the first time.
Maybe this is a GIFT.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Famous Lemon Bars...

Tomorrow an essay I wrote called "Anatomy of a Lemon Bar" will be featured on Mamalode. It's a huge deal for me in terms of being "published" like for real but an even bigger deal that my mom's lemon bar recipe will be featured as well. It's like we wrote it together.
Waterbury, VT, March 2012

Please come visit me at Mamlode tomorrow and take a peek at the other wonderful writers and the words that heal us all.  It is in telling our stories that we connect to one another.  It is one of the greatest gifts of our lives.  It's so simple.  Our stores and our words connect us to complete strangers.  

It is no coincidence that I begin Week Eight of The Artist's Way tomorrow and the theme is "Recovering a Sense of Strength."  Every. Damn. Day.  Can't. stop. Won't. Stop.

Thank you for listening, reading and supporting me.
They are the highest acts of love and accept them with joyful gratitude.