Writing Thoughts

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Madison Monday: a reading…

This Saturday I did my first ever public reading of my stories that have actually been published. It all happened because the lovely, effervescent, beautiful Leesa Cross-Smith asked me to read along with her at Village Lights … Read More >>

Sociological Thoughts

tired cat

Sociological fatigue…

I’ve been teaching sociology for over ten years now, mostly in the same place, and I think it’s okay to admit at this point that I am tired. Which is not to say that I’m quite ready to go find something else to do, but tired enough to … Read More >>

Mindful Thoughts

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Beautiful things…

Because I have a device now that tells me how many steps I've taken each day, I'm motivated to take the long way from my car to my office in the morning. The added benefit is that I see some beautiful things along the way. May everyone … Read More >>

Madison Monday

Cats, in real life

Madison Monday: In Real Life

I am not a particularly social media-savvy person. The first time I saw “IRL” on Twitter, I had to Google it to find out what it meant. “In real life,” as in, “I don’t talk about my cats as much IRL.” Let us hope no one talks about their cats as much IRL as they do … Read More >>

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Family Thoughts

Sanibel beach

Week of Winter Walking: Day Seven

As promised, Day Seven in my Week of Winter Walking takes us to sunnier climates, where my mom and dad are walking the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida.  Most years, I'm down there with them, but due to irreconcilable differences in spring break schedules (our … Read More >>

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Nature Thoughts

Zucchini pasta salad with green beans, feta, garbanzo beans and dill

Me vs. the zucchini, part 2

I didn't take any pictures of the sandwiches Thursday, and this is something of a tragedy. They were a thing of beauty. Well, it looked okay. It tasted awesome. Thursday, my friends came over for lunch, so of course, it was another opportunity to find a way … Read More >>

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Sociological Thoughts

tired cat

Sociological fatigue

I’ve been teaching sociology for over ten years now, mostly in the same place, and I think it’s okay to admit at this point that I am tired. Which is not to say that I’m quite ready to go find something else to do, but tired enough to ask, what is it exactly that … Read More >>

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Pop Culture Thoughts

Co-host of my new Sunday pre-game show

A Sunday without football is…

A Sunday without football is almost not a Sunday at all. Oh, sure, the sun comes up. You have your coffee. Maybe even a little treat, like orange rolls fresh from the oven. But there's no pre-game shows. No GameDay Morning. No Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci. … Read More >>

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Random Thoughts

Education of Ivy Blake

Random Thoughts

- I walked to Kentucky last week, my first time on the new pedestrian path. I'm working on a story where someone has to cross the bridge and it was interesting to contrast what I imagined it would be like up there as opposed to what it was really like. Less windy … Read More >>

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Writing Thoughts

This is as sophisticated as my chart-making gets.

My Path to Getting Published Blog Tour

I really liked this idea from Brooke Fossey over at the blog for Carve Magazine (my very favorite literary magazine). It's a blog tour where authors share their own path to getting published. It's always interesting to see behind the scenes of other writer's … Read More >>

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Bookish Thoughts

circus in winter

Indiana Book Review: The Circus in Winter

Here’s an important lesson I recently learned–when you’re going to a writer’s conference, read the books written by the authors who will be leading workshops and teaching classes. Otherwise you might miss out. This summer, I went to the Midwest Writer’s Workshop … Read More >>

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Mindful Thoughts

2014-08-12 07.57.00

Reduction

This morning I decided to make roasted tomato paste out of the tomatoes from our garden. I started first thing in the morning. My mom always tries to get her canning done early in the morning, when it's still cool, because the oven heats up the house. Also, for me … Read More >>

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Madison Monday: In Real Life

Cats, in real life

I am not a particularly social media-savvy person. The first time I saw “IRL” on Twitter, I had to Google it to find out what it meant. “In real … Read More >>

Random Thoughts

Education of Ivy Blake

- I walked to Kentucky last week, my first time on the new pedestrian path. I'm working on a story where someone has to cross the bridge and it was … Read More >>

Madison Monday: Madison Coffee and Tea, Rebooted

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It was touch and go the last few weeks of summer in Madison for me. Madison Coffee and Tea closed down for a re-model and a re-boot. As excited as I … Read More >>

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