Why I Write

I am part of a book called Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood. One of the contributors, Bonnie Way, asked me questions about blogging for her own blog  The Kola Mom. First, tell us a bit about yourself. It took me years to finally decide to start writing again. I had taken a 30-year sabbatical after leaving…… Continue reading Why I Write

A Self-Publishing Forum and Cheer Me On

Well, I have taken the plunge, and officially started to compile my stories into sections for a book. It might take forever to rewrite and edit because my method of writing is pretty basic; I simply  spill out artless slice-of-life stories with little or no revision. I am surprised how many I have actually written.…… Continue reading A Self-Publishing Forum and Cheer Me On

Memories, Turned Into Stories, Never Die

i travelled from afar to look once again at a magical place from my childhood, the birthplace, of stories and dreams, where imagination and creativity took flight, never weighed down by commonsense. BUT my tiny kingdom had been destroyed by progress. i stood  on hot concrete, staring incredulously at a large edifice of glass like steel and steel…… Continue reading Memories, Turned Into Stories, Never Die


  Writing . Writing can seem like a big deal, publishing even more so. However, if I do not take my self too seriously but simply relax and enjoy the process of writing, then words flow through my fingers and my imagination. It is a joyful experience. MY FAMILY'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOKS IS A… Continue reading THE BEST ART COMES THROUGH PLAY

Set Free to Write by Blogging

  Two years ago, when I closeted myself in a room to sit down and write, I froze. I considered writing to be a solitary craft but looking at a blank screen or talking into thin air was a sterile exercise in futility for me. I could not translate the same creative energy that I…… Continue reading Set Free to Write by Blogging

Don’t Think; Just Write

I write to engage with other people, to contribute my voice to issues in our society or to share an insight that might help a fellow human being. I write because no one has the same experiences or the same opinions as I do. I write because I have discovered a voice that is unique,… Continue reading Don’t Think; Just Write

Coming Around Full Circle

When an acquaintance interviewed me three years ago for a newspaper article to run on Mother’s Day, I saw myself through the eyes of an outsider for the first time. It was almost mind-boggling to admit to her that I had spent 18 years pregnant and/or nursing babies.When she asked me if I ever regretted not using… Continue reading Coming Around Full Circle

My Thoughts Are Leaping For Joy.

Even though it is bitterly cold outside, my heart is burning with fervor and my thoughts are leaping for joy because at 58 years old, I am in the springtime of a new life. It doesn't matter that it is freezing outside;  inside it is warm by the wood stove. I am coming back to life.… Continue reading My Thoughts Are Leaping For Joy.

Inspire Me Monday :Me? A Mother of Nine9?

  By all outward appearances, I am a rather old-fashioned sort of woman. Yet, I was the least likely candidate to have a lot of children because I had never even held a baby before my first-born. You would think having nine children (yes, nine!) would have turned me into a frazzled wreck with a figure like the…… Continue reading Inspire Me Monday :Me? A Mother of Nine9?

Inspire Me Monday: Write. Just Sit Down and Start Writing.

                                                                  Inspire Me Monday #96 – Week Of November 3, 2013   1) Share “What’s Inspiring You” by creating your own Inspire Me Monday post!…… Continue reading Inspire Me Monday: Write. Just Sit Down and Start Writing.

Inspire Me Monday: Inspired to Write, Even About Pigs

Inspire Me Monday #94 – Week Of October 20, 2013 It is time to create, to come out of the shadows and collect my hundreds of quirky slice of life stories into books. Not just blog and write columns like I have for the last 18 months but to set apart time to formulate a…… Continue reading Inspire Me Monday: Inspired to Write, Even About Pigs


 One simple but strong word springs to mind as a response to this question: I DON’T.  I have finally become smart enough to understand that the best response to angry comments is silence. Why? I can repeat or clarify a misunderstanding. I can attempt to reconcile opposing viewpoints but usually someone who is closed to…… Continue reading HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO NEGATIVE FEEDBACK?

WWWW or Why Writers Write Words

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.                …… Continue reading WWWW or Why Writers Write Words

The Mummy Drivel Trap

I have become aware of a writing flaw, an annoying self-righteous, ego centric point of view, often found on mother’s blogs called Mummy Drivel. Mummy Drivel: definition Constant analysis of how to become a better mother combined with a narrow focus on self and one’s adorable children to the exclusion of any other topic. Similar…… Continue reading The Mummy Drivel Trap

Rediscovering Playful Writing

When I remember that I am a writer, a born writer, not someone pretending to be a writer by wearing a mask, then work becomes play. God gave me a love of books and an artistic gift of writing and drawing. When I simply relax and enjoy life as a child of God, then I…… Continue reading Rediscovering Playful Writing

Friendship Friday

Friendship Friday at Create With Joy is a week-long event where you can: Share what’s unique about you and your blog! What is unique about me and my blog,,,ah just about everything. I mean who has nine kids today, lived on a farm and is now a crazy writer? Well I did feel quite marginalized…… Continue reading Friendship Friday

Family Creativity Birthed in Boredom

I learned that children need down time.  They need time just to be and relax, even time to be bored because that is when creativity and ingenuity are born.Surrounded by babies and toddlers, I was not free to entertain my children nor did we have enough money to keep them in an endless round of paid activities. At…… Continue reading Family Creativity Birthed in Boredom

Interviewed for Tech Talk; How Ironic

Who Me? How ironic is this? This computer illiterate was interviewed for a column called Tech talk! Catholic Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau By Sarah Reinhard Our Catholic Blogger today, Melanie Jean Juneau, maintains two blogs: Joy of Nine9 andMother of Nine9. She’s a Catholic wife and mother who lives on a hobby farm and whose computer has lived…… Continue reading Interviewed for Tech Talk; How Ironic

I Think, I Feel, I Write

               think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! Dr. Seuss  I have often needed  help during my first year on the internet.  I barely understand 21st century technology. Other writers always answer my how toquestions.  More importantly, fellow bloggers comment on articles,…… Continue reading I Think, I Feel, I Write