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About This Blog


When I was a young girl, I pouted too much. 30 years later, I probably still do. Since I had my children, though, I’ve made a consistent effort to be more optimistic.  

I never thought I’d be a stay-at-home mom, but that’s what I became when I was laid off from my job as a high school English teacher back in 2009. I was worried about the isolation of taking care of two small children throughout the day, the lack of financial resources, and my creative brain turning to mud. Staying home with kids seemed to require a particular kind of talent that I didn’t have.

But I gave myself an attitude adjustment, threw myself into play-dates and story-times and afternoon naps. I started this blog in January of 2010, and it has been a lifeline for me, an opportunity to connect with other mothers and pursue my passion for writing.

This blog is about the joys and trials of my experiences in motherhood, womanhood and writing-hood. Feel free to comment and share your own.

Adjusting Attitudes All Around….

Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, February 2012.

Runner up in the Philadelphia Stories Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction. “Igloo” published in Philadelphia Stories, fall 2012., WHYY

“Seeing through Another’s Eyes….” (March 2013)

“If Oscars Are a Feminist Call to Arms, Blame Hollywood, Not Seth MacFarlane” (February 2013)

“Are the Obamas Closet Quakers?” (September 2012)

“Why We Prayed” (syndicated September 2012)


Friends Journal, interviews with authors:

Susan Cain, author of Quiet (September 2012)

Mark Sundeen, author of The Man Who Quit Money (October 2013)

Thomas Hamm, author of Quaker Writings 1650-1920 (February 2013)

Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow (February 2013)

Ashley Merryman, co-author of Nurtureshock (April 2013)


Friends Journal articles:

“Finding Peace” (September 2012)

“Teaching Gratitude” (January 2013)


A BlogHer Voice of the Year 2011 in the Category of Perspectives, “Women in Aprons” (also Freshly Pressed from WordPress on December 9, 2009)

Syndicated on BlogHer:

A Good Hard Look Is Too Pretty” (book review)

“Blogging Creates a Space of One’s Own”

Parenting Decisions, Feminism, and the Stay-at-Home Mom

Momversation Fresh Voice: Fresh Intellect: An Attitude Adjustment


“Moment of Truth”

“My VBAC Success Story”

“Mom Secrets”

“Ten Worst Toddler Books”

“Pregnancy Tips for First-Time Moms”