A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more. "Every hour is saved from that eternal silence, something more, a bringer of new things." – Tennyson

Worth the Effort: Awkward Friendship Beginnings

One lesson of adulthood I’ve been learning is to have patience with awkward beginnings of new friendships. Making new acquaintances and casual friends is easy, but growing close, deep friendships … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · 4 Comments

Great Stories Are Magic

  I’ve been reflecting lately on what makes a story great. There are good, well-written stories that connect with many readers, and then there are great stories that sell wildly … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 1 Comment


All right–I was keeping this secret for a while, but now I’m ready to tell you my big news. I am expecting twins!!!!! My husband and I were so excited … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · 13 Comments

Mind Cleanup (Books Read Lately)

  I’m finally sitting down to do a “mind cleanup” post about what I’ve been reading and writing lately…which is not enough, I feel! Life has been busy these past several months, with the … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 5 Comments

To Speak for Herself: A 99-word Story

  Here’s another little 99-word story for this week’s Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenge, on the topic of sound. This story is inspired by the life of a good friend … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · 9 Comments

Where Her Heart Is: A 99-word Story

  I have been absent too long from Carrot Ranch’s weekly 99-word flash fiction challenges. They always pep me up with a boost of creative energy! So even though I … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · 7 Comments

Cats on a Wall

On another evening cat walk, these three got a kick out of sitting on the neighbor’s wall. Jill is playing with Marvin’s tail. 🙂 While Marvin’s tail flicks and hits … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Cat in a Birdbath

I’ve been taking these two on walks in the evenings, and the other night Murray got cozy in the neighbor’s birdbath. 🙂

July 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Delighting in Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bleak House by Charles Dickens is no bleak book! I am having so much fun reading it. Just now I snorted in my office because I was trying to keep … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 4 Comments

A Cute Exchange about Feminism from Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

  I just love how Agatha Christie always has so much fun with her characters, as well as with her famous plots. There are all kinds of little gems tucked … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Another Kitten Video

For those of you who enjoyed the kitten video in my last post, here’s another one for you! This one’s a bit longer but still full of cuteness. Things in … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

Thoughts on Writing and Being Thirty

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here. It’s been a busy spring (but when is spring not busy?) (by the way, an update post on the kittens is … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 2 Comments