Books of My Life: Lynda Cohen Loigman

headshot LCLGreeting my friends! I just got back from my road trip on Saturday (late) night and my head is spinning. I have so many thoughts and feelings to share. My fingers are itching for the keyboard, but they’ve sadly been very busy with the dials and buttons of my washing machine and dryer. I have many family stories to share and thoughts about everything we were lucky enough to experience. And of course, I also spent a lot of reading and listening to books. One of my favorites of the summer was The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Continue reading Books of My Life: Lynda Cohen Loigman

Breaking the Parenting Mold

Greeting form Colorado! The kids and I have completed the first week of our road trip. It’s been an adventure! The scenery is gorgeous, but the family dynamics has been rough. There’s been some fighting, and some digestive issues, and boredom.  Typical family road trip stuff. If you’re interested, you can click on the links below for details and pictures.

Day 1 – Long Drive: Home – Little Rock, AR

Day 2: Illness Strikes

Day 3: Dodge City

Day 4: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Day 5: Pikes Peak, CO

Day 6: Fourth of July in Denver

Day 7: Cheyenne, WY

Also, I had an essay featured at Break the Parenting Mold last week. I totally missed it because of the road trip and I feel terrible. The essay originally appeared on my friend Kristi’s site, Finding Ninee, two years ago. I wrote the essay almost ten years ago! It was going to be a chapter in my autism memoir that I never quite finished. It’s a good one and I’d be very grateful if you clicked over to Breaking the Parent Mold to read, How the Little Bus Helped Me Accept Special Needs

Thank you!

 

The Books of My Life: Allison Winn Scotch

AWS2015headshotThere are times when I read book that I feel as though the author wrote the story just for me. Allison Winn Scotch’s book, The Time of My Life (published in 2008), was one of those books. It really resonated with me – I couldn’t stop talking about it and bought a dozen copies as gifts. I loved the title, book cover, and the description of the story. I actually remember when I bought it (remember, I’m a book nerd). I had gift card for my birthday and I was very tired, because Cammy was still a baby. I was treating myself to a coffee and some Barnes and Noble time and remember reading the book’s blurb and feeling like, wow, this sounds like me. Researching Allison to write this intro – I realized that TTOYL was in fact published on my birthday! I love Jillian’s story and the questions about timing and fate and all the “what if’s” we ask ourselves when we feel like maybe this isn’t the life we’re supposed to have. Oh, but of course, it is. Continue reading The Books of My Life: Allison Winn Scotch

Currently & Have I Lost My Writing Mojo?

It’s no secret that I haven’t produced much original material on my blog lately. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to – I often have essays and ideas swirling around in my head. They just never seem to make it to my fingertips. I fear that I’ve seriously lost my writing mojo. The first week of summer break, I attempted to write over at Road Warrior Momma, but my heart just wasn’t in it. For one thing, the kids were pretty well behaved on our trip, so I didn’t have any funny stories to tell. Also, the mini-road trip was more like a family/class reunion. With the exception of Mystic, Connecticut, all places we stopped were cities that we’d been to many times before and I didn’t know how to spin it for my readers. I don’t know why, but I’ve not feel compelled – at all – to share my words. Continue reading Currently & Have I Lost My Writing Mojo?