Thanksgiving Eve

Homemade Apple Slices

Today was filled with holiday baking and cooking. We made apple slices for tomorrow’s dessert and also halupki which our oldest son requested.

The house smelled amazing! The anticipation for the dinner tomorrow is high!

What are you looking forward to eating this week whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not!?



Five Minute Friday – the writing challenge where you set the timer for 5 minutes and use a word for a springboard and see what comes out!

Join me today!


One. I am one, but I am not alone.

The story I read last evening at writing group called One of One. It is a story about grief and facing the perceptions of others. It was the largest group for this writer organization that I have seen since I joined last summer.

Starting at 2:25 p.m. today, I have ONE week of holiday break for Thanksgiving. I plan to read and write over this holiday in between bites of turkey, stuffing, corn bake,  and pumpkin pie. I will spend the time with my family and am thrilled.

In an 8th grade English class today, I’m reading for her program FIRST CHAPTER FRIDAY. The book is The Running Dream by  Wendelin Van Draanen. I am also reading ONE poem from Mary Oliver, The Sun. 

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

One. I am ONE, but I am not alone. 

Weekend Coffee Share


I am so glad you have joined me for coffee this morning! It is rainy and windy here today. The perfect day to sit in bed and watch movies, read, and write. I am in the mood for a vanilla latte this morning. It has a buttery smell from the steam as I drink it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this weekend we had a grand time playing all kinds of homemade games for the 12 year old’s birthday! Points were awarded on large tally sheets and many videos were taken. The laughter rang through the house. Friday we had great pizza and played a couple games. Saturday was busy with sports but then we had turkey bake (sooooo good) and played games later in the day.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the birthday cake was a Golden Oreo Explosion cake which had delicious cream cheese and Oreo icing in the middle of the layers.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my writing streak is going well with the novel. I was at my daughters gymnastics meet yesterday which gave me time to write in between events.


If we were having coffee, I would let you know that I am so happy you joined me today! We could do a writing sprint together if you like! Just 10 minutes! I want to hear about your week and your favorite birthday celebration!

I am sorry to cut our visit short this week but I have to write! I have 1700 words to write today!

Weekend Coffee Share


Hello! Grab your cup of coffee! I am having a strong Columbian blend today.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a busy Saturday! I drove to Lafayette for my daughter’s gymnastics meet. I made good time and had scoped out two independent bookstores on Friday just in case I got there early. I easily found Main Street Books downtown and also walked through the Farmer’s Market.

If we were having coffee I would tell you about Second Flight Books that I also visited. This was a true gem of a bookstore with used and new books and interesting people. One girl sat and worked at a large wood table. It looked like the perfect place to spend a Saturday among the books and the random patrons that came in.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the concept of Utopias keeps coming up. I was part of a co-planning meeting earlier this week and it is part of the concepts my 8th grade teachers teach in their Springboard units. I started to think that I have not read much about utopias. Heaven, of course, is one. Thomas More actually was the first to write about them in 1516. There have been poems written about it by Wislawa Szymborska.

Have you ever thought what your utopia would be like?

I feel I want to explore this idea more and maybe I will take inspiration from Brain Pickings and make a map. 

If we were having coffee I would tell you about Inktober and FMF writing. I have been writing every day. Sometimes it is a short story and sometimes it is just about my reaction to the words and how to weave them together. I like the idea of finding the connections between the two words and how they are braided together. I don’t always post because they are too personal or not quite completely formed ideas.

If we were having coffee I would tell you about my critique groups. Yes, groups, because apparently, one was just not enough. I am involved in a Storyaday Slack channel. This is wonderful to talk about writing and share. I also have my mini-critique group with two ladies from the same group. Holly Lisle’s forums are amazing too. I received some really honest feedback that helped tremendously mold a story into something worth sharing!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I was reacquainted with the podcast 88 cups of tea. Such amazing authors on there: Holly Black, Emily X R Pan, Susan Dennard…and more. I also started listening to Writing Class Radio again after scrolling through the episodes.

If we were having coffee I would share I listened to the 10 Minute Writers Workshop podcast which I miss. They are not recording new episodes but the backlog are timeless.

I am so glad that we were able to chat again this week!

What are you working on? What is inspiring you?


FMF: Story


FMF: Story

How can I use my story to influence or inspire other people?

This is a question I often ask myself.


I have been told I am interesting. I suppose this is true.

I am a wife.

I am a daughter.

I am a runner that has achieved some interesting goals.

I am a teacher that has accomplished obstacles and earned many awards.

I am a coach for education and fitness.

I am a mother.

I am a writer.

Not necessarily in that order…


I have been through some trauma and have come out on the other side. There have been many highs and lows with no warning to switch 180 degrees.   


I have been called: accidentally inspiring and an old soul.


I am careful how I share my story.


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FMF: Moment



Today’s word for FMF (Five Minute Friday) is Moment. I have actually written with this word twice today because I was having such problems with it.

My moment is now. It is always now.

The moment the clocks hit 12:34 I automatically look. I am drawn to this time.

Moments that matter is how our lives should be measured. We have the power to create them.

I have been motivated my entire life by “shoulds”. I have led a  life on a timeline of goals. This plan did not lead me to Utopia or anything close. From a near-sighted view, the outcome looked utopic – and then reality hit.

Taking moments as they come, creating experiences and going with the flow seems to be a better fit for me now. I cannot fear or worry about things that do not exist.

Being open in as many moments as possible seems the way to live as I see it…in this moment.

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FMF: Common


common threads


Common is a tricky word – much like the word “normal”. What is common to me is likely to be foreign to you. Definitions of common are muddy. They are based more on perception rather than fact.

This idea reminds me of an experience when I attended my first sleepover birthday party in elementary school. My friend lived on Blake Street and she did not live like I did. Her mother was deaf and her house was small and dark. None of their furniture matched. We had pancakes for breakfast but no syrup or milk.

I have common practices on Tuesdays.

  • I write my Slice of Life Post for the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge
  • I remember it is Simply Tuesday
  • It is family dinner tonight – there are no practices!
  • Favorite podcasts drop
    • The Next Right Thing
    • What Should I Read Next?
    • Alone in a Room with Invisible People
    • First Draft


What is common for you?



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