I missed my deadline, so I’m not sure if this will be published on Thanksgiving or after, but I certainly hope you’ve had a lovely day filled with love and many things to be thankful for.
I’ve been in El Paso for over a month, and am finally home after a quick detour in Olathe, Kansas (my mom’s hometown) for a family get-together to say good-bye.
We’ve had a bit of family drama—there’s always some, isn’t there?—but ...
I have to admit I haven’t been either reading or listening to books as much as usual.
Cleaning out mom’s house is a bear, but I’ll be back home in a few days to spend Thanksgiving with my family.
One of the great graces from this journey has been reconnecting with childhood and high school friends, many of whom have taken time out of their busy schedules to help us clear some things out.
Friends can be such ...
As I mentioned last week, I took a break from El Paso and my mom’s house to hop back to Wisconsin for the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, a lovely respite (and a welcome chance to see my husband too!).
This is a small book festival by many measuring sticks, but wow, it was wonderful!
I moderated a panel with Jennifer Trethewey, Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons and Christine Merrill, all romance author friends, and had the chance to ...
Did everyone have a fun Halloween?
Yesterday also started the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican communities, so I wanted to remind you all to read Zoraida Cordova’s Brooklyn Brujas series. While not specifically related to Day of the Dead, the series has a distinctly Latin American brand of magic, deals with the battle of good and evil, and has imagery that evokes Day of the Dead artistry, so it would be a great choice for this ...
I’m in El Paso, Texas with my sister clearing out my mother’s house, and wow, what a crazy experience.
My mom wasn’t a hoarder in the “newspapers dating back to 1992” sense, but she was one in the “this pot has lost both its handles but we can still probably use it somehow” sense. Hence, we are sorting through 45 years worth of history, memories and, well, junk.
On the other hand, coming across my Holly Hobbie cup–a present for ...
Hi friends ~
First of all, thank you again for all the lovely messages so many of you have sent me about my mother. I’m in the house I grew up in, surrounded by a million things my mother collected throughout her life, including many items from grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
On Wednesday we had the first (and likely biggest) celebration of Mom’s life here in El Paso. Mom’s best friend, Marcie, her husband, Jim, and eldest son (also) Jim came ...
Today (Thursday October 11) is International Day of the Girl.
From the UN website:
"On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential. " — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment ...
Hi friends ~
Since many of you follow me on Facebook, you may know that my mother died last Friday.
She and my sister were visiting me in Madison as we took a little pause from our road trip — the cross-country journey that she considered her long good-bye, since she was dying of cancer.
The day she died, we were supposed to visit my son at his college campus, and then we were headed to Minnesota to visit her ...