Jun 302014
 

Various Roots Roots by Another Mother…

When we think of roots, we think of family trees. If we’re from a loving, supportive family, we think of those roots supplying stability and nourishment. If we’re from an atypical—or even dysfunctional—family, we think of them as hidden, dirty, cavorting with worms and grubs.

Those roots are great to write about. But, we have other roots. Some of them have nothing to do with family. Bear with me as I beat the metaphor a little longer. Continue reading »

Jun 052014
 
Things you might not know about me

One of the things you might now know about me is that I love being a soccer mom.

I’m preparing an informal workshop for my launch party tomorrow. It’s a fun version of “Things you might not know about me.” It belatedly occurred to me that it might make a good blog post.

Things that Everyone Should Know About Me

I’m not much of a mystery woman. I wear my heart on my sleeve. But, because I tend to start my paragraphs in the middle—even in conversations—it would be helpful for people to know so basic things about me.

I’m a writer, nature freak, dog freak, and talker—wait, did you want to get a word in edgewise? A reader. A friend—good friend to most, I think. I’m distractible—probably even diagnosably ADHD and so is the rest of my family. I love to laugh and often forget myself and laugh to loud. If something’s really funny, I snort. So don’t say anything really funny to me in front of my boys. They’re find my propensity to snort embarrassing.

On a more serious note, I have a strong faith, though I do wonder about this whole system of being left behind when someone dies. I love my family, especially when they’re kooky or dorky.

My faults are pretty obvious. I worry too much. I have self-esteem issues. My house is a wreck.

Things You Might not Know about Me

Of course, I’ll lead my workshop attendees through a somewhat logical progression of things that others might now know about them. Here’s a random romp through some things about me that seem important today:

My sister is the only family member I have on my dad’s side of the family. That’s important because she’s on her way up from South Carolina to be here for my book launch party tomorrow. I’m glad she wants to come, because I really need her to be here.

THings you might not know about me: Friends

Some of my friends are more like family

Some of my friends count as family. I wish the English language had words for that.

I hate contentiousness. I’m happy to agree to disagree, but I don’t want to argue. Unless you’re my kid, in which case I’ll argue, and then get mad at you for causing me to lose my temper.

Things I Don’t Really Admit to Myself

This is the most challenging approach to “Things you might not know about me.” It’s a level of sharing that worth thinking about. Not only is it therapeutic to have an introspective look at yourself. When you share these “secrets,” you connect.

Me? I like research. I can be obsessive. I’m smarter than I act. Despite the fact that I’m a writer, I’m bad at sending cards.

 Your Turn:

What should others know about you? Try your own version of “Things you might not know about me…”

Dec 302013
 
Looking forward or backward

Looking forward or looking back?

This is an odd title for me—I spend a lot more time looking backwards than I do looking forward. But, as the calendar turns the proverbial page, it makes sense to look forward—and to write about it.

Looking forward by setting goals

Yep, each New Year’s Eve, I try to set some goals for the coming year. (One year I came up with a suggested list of goals for my kids. That didn’t go over very well.) Often, my list is nearly identical to the previous year’s. That means those ten pounds still sit around my hips. The ambitious exercise program has again been usurped by exercise that’s more fun. In other words, if I’m not chasing a ball, I’m not running. Continue reading »

Oct 312013
 

Who I am Journal When we introduce ourselves, we usually state “I am a/the [blank]…” based on the situation. If it’s a social situation, we explain our relationship to other people present. In a professional setting, we introduce ourselves by our function in the organization we represent.

But is this really what we want people to know about us?

A member of my church recently went so far as to write his own bio for his funeral program. He didn’t want to be remembered by what others thought he might think was important. He took the opportunity to say what had mattered in his life. You don’t have to go that far, however. There are many quick and fun ways to describe yourself. Continue reading »

Oct 042013
 
Family History Month Graphic

Celebrate Family History Month

Family History Month isn’t just for genealogists. With these simple ideas, non-genealogists can honor an ancestor or learn about their family history.

Let’s say you haven’t caught the family history research bug (yet). You’re not into scouring grave yards. All those Ancestry.com commercials haven’t made you grab for the nearest device to “find your story.” That doesn’t mean you can’t join in the spirit of Family History month. Continue reading »

Aug 022013
 
Our story

Our story isn’t a book that’s already written

Our Story — A #FiveMinuteFriday Meditation

Telling our story implies narrating a book that is already written—the setting and characters are in place. Everyone is just waiting to see how it ends.

That might be right for a novel or memoir, but when we tell our personal stories, it’s not just about the ending. Every part of our story–our whole story–resonates. Continue reading »

Jul 062013
 

A Five Minute Friday Meditation: Beautiful

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s prompt: Beautiful

Do you see a beautiful reflectionsBeautiful Reflection

When I look in a mirror, beautiful is the last word that comes to mind. But then, I don’t look in the mirror to see if I’m beautiful. I look in the mirror to gauge how bad the imperfections look today. My mind is closed to a beautiful reflection. Continue reading »

Jun 292013
 

A Five Minute Friday Meditation:  In between

What’s in between the future and the past?

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. Continue reading »

Jun 162013
 

#FiveMinuteFriday

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. “

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

Today’s prompt:Listen

Listen. Listen to their stories

This beautiful young man is gone. It seems wrong that so few seem to know—that he left this world with so little fanfare. Continue reading »

May 172013
 

Five Minute Fridayis a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s Prompt: Song

My song This prompt is too rich in metaphors for a five minute session! Cue the dramatic, frenetic music!

My life is a song. It’s a pretty good one, in my opinion, but I’m not sure I deserve the credit. I have a Master that helps me compose.

It’s not a song written for performance or a Grammy. My song is just the tune that is me.

Like all lives, it has moments of harmony. Like all lives, it has its moments of discord. Even the unexpected discord is important, driving a longing for resolution into a new harmony. Continue reading »