Hi, y'all! Did you have a good weekend? We did; yesterday we celebrated my oldest child's FIFTEENTH birthday!! Where does the time go?? Other news: I'm working on getting my Etsy shop up and running again after spending my mask-making time with it in Vacation Mode; I want to list my pendants and chainmaille bracelets. … Continue reading Mel’s Monday Musings: June 15, 2020
Here's to the craziness.
Hi, y'all. 🙂 How's it going? It's been a busy week here, as we're down to the last days before school starts. I'm trying to work out the wake-everyone-up schedule to maximize sleep but minimize the hassle of getting three kids out the door. Two of mine will ride the same bus, even though they … Continue reading Mel’s Monday Musings: September 2, 2019
Today, I just wanted to drop a few positive things here, and I invite you to do the same! What's made you smile lately? My list: -Season 3 of Queer Eye -- seriously, go watch it! It's such a feel-good show in an era of pettiness, manufactured outrage, and toxicity. (Also, you need to see … Continue reading Mel’s Monday Musings: March 18, 2019
"I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks." --Sarah Grimké, women's suffrage advocate and abolitionist (as quoted by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) This has been a rough week. The massive injustice carried out today (and throughout this disgustingly incomplete … Continue reading Your Foot is Still on My Neck
Do you really think kindness is the answer to school shootings? I don't.
Here I am, 35 years old, longing to get out of a city that feels like it is pressing in on me from all sides all the time. I can't even get a decent shot of the moon because of all of the light pollution; there's a streetlamp in my front yard. Cities are great; … Continue reading My Future is a Farm
What are you up to these days, Mel? You sure aren't writing much. Au contraire, mes amis...I have so many projects (writing and otherwise) in the works right now that I'm finding it difficult to post as often as I'd like to for this blog. Works-in-progress at this time (not a complete list): -My second … Continue reading These Days
"Shame on you!" "You should be ashamed of yourself!" "Have you no shame?" No, I don't, and I'll tell you why. The Free Dictionary defines shame as: "A painful emotion caused by the belief that one is, or is perceived by others to be, inferior or unworthy of affection or respect because of one's actions, … Continue reading Deliberately Shameless
[NOTE: This three-year-old post was imported from an old blog of mine. This month marks 13 years since the day I reference below, not ten.] ________________________________________________________ December 18, 2013, marks ten years since the worst day of my life. I can't believe it's been a decade since I lost my first child, since I spent … Continue reading “Legitimate” Grief — or Why it Still Matters