April 10, 2020

Yesterday, I hit a wall.

The governor’s announcement about school closures came in the midst of a barely-holding-it-together scenario in which I was desperately trying to concentrate on a work project with a rapidly approaching deadline, while simultaneously untangling...

March 26, 2020

I’m feeling extremely ADD lately. One minute, I’m working on a patient newsletter for work; the next minute I’m googling the word “popular sovereignty” for my kid; five minutes later, I’m making a list of canned vegetables that we should probably have stored in our bas...

February 7, 2019

I never played sports as a kid.

This is maybe not a surprise for someone who grew up to be a lover of words in all forms—but I certainly fell into that category as a child as well. I made straight A’s, I attended the gifted program, I was allowed to make up my own vocab...

August 24, 2018

Summer is officially over for me as this week has launched me headfirst into what will be a very full term of teaching.

One of my most challenging courses to teach is Writing 100, Academic Writing. A prerequisite to the required freshmen composition course, Writing 100...

July 27, 2018

I woke up this morning with blogging on my to-do list.

Also on my to-do list?

About a thousand other things, including but not limited to, walking the dog, finishing every thread of laundry in the house and packing us for a week long trip for Michigan before Scott gets h...

July 11, 2018

It’s hard to write in the summer, or at least I find it to be so. One might think that my job as a teacher would allow for prolific writing opportunities in the summer, and it might, except for the fact that I also have children with complete inabilities to sleep in du...

June 14, 2018

Over the last several weeks, I've shared on the blog and in various interviews and in-person Q&A sessions that while I knew that I wanted Lifeline to honor the ongoing journey of recovery, I also didn't want Eli's story to be a voyeuristic tale of his descent into dark...

May 29, 2018

I had another seizure last Monday night. After five weeks of no seizures, I thought I was in the clear, but I am learning that this process of adjusting to anti-epilepsy medication and finding the proper dosage is apparently quite complicated and can be a really long a...

May 15, 2018

One of the most frequent comments I'm getting from people who have finished reading Lifeline is, "What happens to these characters after they leave LakeShore Recovery Center?" 

And the truth is, I don't know. The journey out of addiction and into recovery can be a long...

April 30, 2018

This morning, I’m journaling in my usual spot—the left end of my couch where the springs are so well worn I sink easily into it in the early hours of the morning, draping my grandmother’s holy quilt (I use the word holy intentionally—while it is full of holes, it’s als...

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