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Brave Enough

“Mom, I’m scared,” my fourth grader said as she walked out of school a little month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. “Why?” I asked. “We’re going to start doing lockdown drills,” she said. I wasn’t surprised nor was I upset.  It gives me a sense of security knowing that the teachers and staff at her school were…

Date Night Evolves!

In the dark, with temperatures in the low 20s, my husband and I run as fast as we could in our dress shoes under the wings of a B-52. Like butterflies fluttering on flowers in the summer, we gather with other couples in Fedoras, fur coats, heels, slacks with suspenders, and dresses with crinoline at the entrance of a large WWII hangar.  Inside…

Five Secrets of Scarlet Fever

It is a bad cold. The kind that puts you in that unique Purgatory in the middle of the night when you’re too achy to sleep, yet too tired to do anything but stare outside into the darkness, waiting for the sun to rise. Your taste left you several days before to a constant flood of mucus and you spend your days peeling off layers of clothes, only…

Multiples and Me: Restoring Mommy

I was recently at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference where one of the presenters talked about her writing history. She has five published titles, some of which have won awards and have had the rights purchased by Hollywood. She has a Masters in Fine Arts and she’s a mother of…