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
I used to think that being isolated from the world at large would be terrible. I have come to that turning point when I most often crave less interaction, fewer headlines (and less blood boiling all around), not more. I kinda had that pegged for age 65ish, not 33. Huh. And yet...responding less, speaking out … Continue reading Advancing on the Tide (from the FB files)
(This entire post is going to sound terrible and possibly self-aggrandizing, and I apologize now for any pain caused -- but I don't believe in minimizing my truths to make other people feel more comfortable.) I think most parents hope their children will be smart, maybe even smarter than Dear Old Mom and Dad themselves. … Continue reading The Dark Side of Intelligence
Originally posted 02.11.16 on Facebook (I'll be porting a few more well-read posts in the future): I guess when someone asks you what advice you'd give a new mom, hysterical laughter isn't the answer they're looking for. 😀 The things I would have told someone a long time ago sure have changed! 1. All advice … Continue reading (M)advice