Fond farewell to Literary Mama

This month is the first in almost nine years that I haven’t helped to prepare the September issue of Literary Mama. This summer, I handed the Poetry Editor reins to my talented colleague and poetic co-conspirator Juli Anna Herndon so I could pursue a writing career. The Poetry department, and the overall site, is in […]

Summertime, and the living is busy!

With school-age kids in the house, summertime is pretty active around here. We took a trip to Wisconsin to visit family and friends, which was amazing. Lazy summer? Ha!   After all the boating, tubing, skiing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, potlucking, partying, bonfiring, and belly-laughing, I could use a vacation.  One of these days, I’ll get […]

Resources for grief

I  recently received devastating news about beloved friends and community members. My heart is broken for the family and friends he left behind, my own included. Because I was at such a loss to express my grief, and to explain to my own children what happened, I pulled together a few resources that I found […]

Book review: The Little Linebacker

As part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day I received the uplifting softcover picture book The Little Linebacker: A Story of Determination by Stephen Tulloch and Maria Dismondy, illustrated by Heather Heyworth. Sure to appeal to young football (or other sport) fans, The Little Linebacker is the story of young Stephen Tulloch, who grows up to be a […]

Recycling trees

How cool is this? In the New Orleans area, we can recycle our Christmas trees to benefit the coastal wetlands. This was the first year we had a “real” tree. We usually have a fabulous black-and-silver plastic one, prelit and ready to decorate in three steps! Oh my goodness they were so little! Which was […]