A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Self-care School: Counting myself as one of the creatures under my care

Well, now it’s been over a month since I posted that I was “returning to my blog at last.” Lesson learned: not to make grand claims like that anymore!  Unfortunately, for the … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Riptide of Reason: A 99-word Story

  Not only have I missed regular blogging (see my last post), but I have also missed participating in the Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenges, so today I managed to … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 5 Comments

Returning to My Blog at Last

I’d been thinking I would eventually sit down and write a long blog post on “ways I have grown so far on my journey of being a new mom (of twin … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 8 Comments

For Just This One Minute: A Poem from New Motherhood

I still haven’t had a chance to sit down and compose some long-form thoughts to share with you, but here’s a poem. (In free verse, for a change…that’s all my … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · 2 Comments


In case you were wondering, I’m alive and the babies are here! Our twin baby girls were born over a month early at the beginning of February, safely and in … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 5 Comments

Rethinking How We Celebrate Birthdays

  Have you ever stopped to consider whether our celebration of birthdays with parties, gifts, cards, “Happy birthday!” wishes, and other forms of attention is really the best way? I … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Great Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

I recently finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, which I wouldn’t say I loved but am still glad I read. There’s definitely a lot of food … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

Self-care School: Encouraging Myself

“Great job!” I’ve mentioned this before in passing, but I think it’s worth stating on its own: when it comes to trying to develop new healthy, self-caring habits (or any … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Self-care School: Big Things before Small Things

Do you ever fall into this trap? “If I can just get all these little easy tasks done, then I’ll be free to focus on _____” (fill in the blank … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Thoughts on Maintaining Writing Energy

Since I’m finally getting back into my writing life, I’ve pulled out some thoughts I jotted down last year about keeping up my writing energy. Maybe you will find them helpful, too. 1. … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 4 Comments

Cozy Book Talk (“Mind Cleanup”)

  When snow and chilly temperatures descend on us, pleasures such as books and colorful art can keep our spirits warm and cozy. I’m overdue for another “mind cleanup” post on … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Happy Holidays!

From me and my family (including Jill [pictured above], the cat we rescued this past year, who has become such a delight!) to you and yours, happy holidays! I still … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 3 Comments