• Conversations With My Daughter

    Several years ago, I would write posts about conversations I had with my daughter, Ellie, when she was younger. Some of them are hilarious, like when she thought I was actually having breakfast with Michael Buble and when she told me women could be anything they wanted, just not priests. I’ve provided some links to those conversations at the bottom of this post. She’s always had a pretty funny sense of humor and a good wit. She’s also incredibly strong-willed, and has been since the day I gave birth to her, a horror story in itself, because she was a stubborn little thing who didn’t want to pop out and…

  • Advice to Beginning Writers: Start By Telling Your Family Stories

    Today in our second to last class of feature writing, the students had the opportunity to ask any remaining questions they wanted or make a comment about anything related to writing. During this session, they posed great questions, from how to find a good story angle to how to start writing in their spare time. My answer on the latter one was simple, and it’s one of the biggest regrets I have in terms of my family’s history: you should write down your family stories. As all of my grandparents and great-grandparents are long gone, so, too, are some of their stories. However, those stories that have lived on through…

  • Home Ec Class & A Conversation with My Son

    The conversation I am about to relay unfolded in this manner this morning, with three surprises as the result. It went something like this: “Mommy, guess what we made this week in Home Ec?” (They call it something other than this in schools today, but I choose to ignore it…it’s termed something like Family & Consumer Science, but Home Ec works just fine for my storytelling puposes.) “What, honey?” “Eggs with turkey in these little cups. It was really good.” I am astonished to hear him utter these words, as my son is the pickiest eater in our household. I often watch him turn his nose up at the most…