STRONG SHOULDERS

. Lately, I’ve been thinking back to the “query daze.” How hard it was to put my work in front of strangers who were experts and ask them what they thought....

. For years, I knew that pit in the stomach every morning before school. Like so many others, I was bullied as a kid. A lot. The first bout began in fourth...

I sometimes wonder if the truly invested teachers and librarians out there ever take the time to think about the impact they have on the world. The impact on individuals that...

As a kid, when asked, “If you had three wishes…” one of those wishes was always to live in Boston. On the way back home to CT from Boston family gatherings,...

“Sad” is a thin word for how I’ve been feeling. In making a comment on Facebook about raising kids, I said that “they are worth anything and everything.” And then my warmth...

I have such a daunting “to-do list” that I really shouldn’t be blogging today, but life has tapped me on the shoulder. So, here I am. On the one week birthday...

I remember hearing about Irena Sendler back in 1998 when she passed away at the age of 98; her story has stuck with me ever since. Now, this woman was a...

I find unexpected gifts in my visit to a shelter for teens: http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/a-christmas-surprise/

Today, I talk about how The Worry Monster sunk its teeth into me and how I found its kryptonite, claiming what is mine: http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/the-worry-monster-sinks-its-teeth-into-the-very-unsuspecting-writer/

Visit me over at Emus where I explore where jealousy comes from in writers, artists, musicians, and other creative types–and how we can deal with it. http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/the-green-eyed-monster-should-not-have-tea/