And as soon as we stopped trying, we got pregnant!

Nope. That’s not at all what happened. It’s been five years since our first miscarriage. February 2013. It’s been a blessing to write about my journey. The communities of women I’ve come across have taught me a great deal about compassion. Not only compassion for myself, and others dealing with infertility, but for every person […]

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The Hurricane

(Memoir Excerpt) I had been on the ship for about a month when we pulled into Barcelona. The ocean was calm, not a cloud in the sky. The sun had just risen quickly in a florescent rose glittery tone. The fresh crisp air promised a golden day. I walked down the boardwalk and saw the […]

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Christmas Traditions

When I was around 6 years old I saw this movie on TV- it was Christmas Eve and the whole family was wearing matching sweaters and gathered next to a big beautiful Christmas tree, drinking from little matching cups and singing Christmas carols. They smiled at each other with deep affection. I remember it looking […]

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HOW THE PURSUIT FOR A FAMILY DEEPENED OUR LOVE

On the way to the clinic for our third, and decidedly final, egg retrieval, we sat silent in the car wondering what the future held for us. After so many failed transfers, the doctor had only given us a 10% chance of success. She hadn’t recommended doing another cycle, but we wanted to give it […]

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Look Sexy And Helpless…

(Memoir excerpt) I was driving across the country again. It had been a few months since I left home. Who knows where I was coming from or where I was headed. I think my last stop had been in Memphis. It was three o’clock in the morning. I had been driving a long time, a few days […]

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Surrendering To The Ocean

(Memoir excerpt) I had only been working on the cruise ship a few weeks when a group of suits came onboard. We were told to be on our best behavior. They were the bosses, the owners, and the managers from V-Ships. One of them, a shorter man in his early thirties with bone-straight brown hair […]

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Living in Motion.

I believe that I have discovered what my life theme is. I don’t know why I’ve been so obsessed with figuring this out. I think it’s because I feel like if I can determine what it is, I’ll understand what to do with it. “Your life theme is motion” A young woman in my writing […]

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I’m feeling a little tired these days

The hope-train is an exhausting ride. Sometimes I don’t feel like talking about it. I don’t want to propagate my heartache or broken-spirit. I just want to be carefree again and drink martinis and talk about all the cool stuff out in the world that’s still on my bucket list. Don’t get me wrong, just […]

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There’s nothing like Paris in the Spring

(Memoir excerpt) When I first arrived in Paris I immediately loved it. Maybe I had watched too many movies but it felt romantic. I had read so many Henry miller books I felt like I already knew the city. It didn’t pretend to be fancy or flashy or perfect. The cab drivers were rude, people […]

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Are couples without children still a ‘family’?

One of the things infertile couples are encouraged to do is re-imagine what the word ‘family’ really means. Can a family be two adults who love each other and respectfully and passionately choose to spend their life together? Can a married couple with no children still be considered a ‘family’? It might be something for […]

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20 Books All Girls Should Read Before They’re 25

By the time I was in my last year of high school, I hadn’t read one full novel from start to finish. I found my English class material drab and unrelatable. Besides, I could read the cliffsnotes or skim over the chapters and still have a conversation about the main plot points (and pass the comprehension test), so […]

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International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! In celebration of Women everywhere, “Strength Becomes Her” launched today exclusively on Amazon and made available for Kindle readers and apps. I’m so honored to be a part of this book. To be included among such an incredible and talented group of women has been very inspiring. “Strength Becomes Her – Eight […]

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Applying A New Finish

When I was a little girl, I inherited a big old bedroom set. It had been my grandmother’s, and then my mother’s, and now it was mine. It was made of solid oak and had many pieces- a big-girl bed, two large dressers, a vanity, a night stand and a grand mirror.  It had a myriad of lines and curves […]

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The Secret To Meatballs is Connection

I’m working on a piece for International Women’s Day (coming up March 8th). I’ve been asked to write a memoir essay on a woman who encouraged or inspired me growing up, who taught me patience and self-love and brought me into womanhood. I’ve chosen to write an essay about the time I visited my grandmother in […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Every once in a while you need to start your day with a good old cat video… This one also happens to include one of the loves of my life, my very own, Miche. He’s my 16 year old rescue cat. Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂  

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