The Mothering Creed

The reach of a small hand is mightier than a king’s. Resistance is exhausting–I will go with the flow, embracing with gusto whatever is in front of me. Invitations for fun are often disguised as interruptions. I will be as kind in the kitchen as I am on the page. These days are like dandelions,…

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In case you didn’t know, you are the best mama in the whole world

I head to the coffee bean hopper and turn on the grinder, filling my steel pot with water and fetch a brown, square filter for my Chemex. As I slowly pour the steaming water over the fresh grounds, I review my steps for the day, sorting through the tasks and plans, praying for clarity and…

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New Poems Published at “Voice of Eve”

I am thrilled and humbled to announce that three of my poems, “Breath,” “Daughter of Eve,” and “Berries and Ponies,” are published with the beautiful literary arts magazine, Voice of Eve. You can access Issue 12, in which my work is featured, for FREE at this link. “Breath” is actually one of the first poems I ever…

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The Art of Accessorizing

Imagine being invited into the finishing touches of a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Or being asked by Leonardo DaVinci, which hue of rouge should be applied to the cheeks of the Mona Lisa painting. Or having Dame Anna Wintour call you up to consult your opinion on what edits to make in the upcoming edition…

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How to Dress Well Without Really Trying

Most mornings, I am up before the sun is. As coffee is brewing and lists are being made, I remember I have a playdate scheduled at a local coffeeshop that is kid-friendly. The mom I am hanging out with is a good friend of mine, even so, my mood seems to match what I am…

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The Light of Empathy

Today I am over at Red Tent Living magazine writing about empathy, poetry workshops, and vulnerability. This event took place last summer, after making a mammoth move back to the U.S. from the Dutch Caribbean where I was living with my husband and three littles while he attended medical school. Life was complicated, and I…

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How I Kicked My Autoimmune Disease

If you had told me five years ago, that there would come a day where I wouldn’t wake up in pain, I would have shrugged my shoulders and said, “That’s a nice thought, but I doubt that will ever happen.”  My body began the path towards degeneration in elementary school, with IBS and severe back…

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Vision of the Ancients – A Poem

I see mothers of the ages, of all cultures, of all times, carrying torches, lighting the darkness, soothing the future with hummed lullabies. They carve their way in beautiful strength with faith and song, waiting….watching….warding…waiting… staying the course with never-ending grace. Stalwarts of elegance, extend your hands, don your mantles and dance. Oh how God’s heart…

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Five Favorite Things: January

Throughout this month I have been enjoying some wonderful books, drinks, snacks, beauty products, and fashion, and want to share my five favorites with you here. Brew’s Lee Tea Even if you don’t fancy yourself a Bubble Tea kind of person, this little shop is still worth a visit, because I am pretty sure they will…

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Two Poems from “Words the Dirt Meant to Share”

Many of you know my first mini collection of poetry was published by Desert Willow Press in November of 2018. It was written during the year I lived on Saba, in the Dutch Caribbean, with my husband and three kids, while he attended medical school, and I worked part time as a music coach/therapist with…

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