Christmas in July 2020

One of my favorite family traditions is Christmas in July. My parents did it for us when we were children, and now I do it for my kids. This year was extra sweet because my family had been in strict isolation for four months, and we drove up to see my parents, who had also been extremely isolated. Hugging my … Read More

Be My Valentine All Month Long

Holidays have this insane, commercial buildup. There’s pressure, pressure, PRESSURE and then suddenly it’s over. You’re left with dead flowers, discount chocolates, and the next holiday (or two) creeping into the stores. Stop. Just stop. This has become madness. I find myself pushing back at the hype. I want to surround myself with my family, whom I love, and let … Read More

This Mother’s Day Thing is a Mixed Bag

We love our mothers. Of course we love our mothers. But they drive us crazy. They raised us wonderfully/strangely/amazingly/poorly or they didn’t raise us at all. They fill us with love or hate or guilt or horror or remorse. We take care of them or they take care of us. Perhaps we have never met them. Perhaps we like it … Read More

Christmas Eve’s Eve

It’s been quite the holiday. Deadlines have been fast and furious. Holidays can be difficult for those we love. Life is just, you know, life. But I wanted to try to do small, sweet things the kids would remember fondly. We wrote and mailed letters to Santa. We made “gingerbread” houses out of graham crackers. We had an interactive Nativity. … Read More

Apocalyptic Montessa Goes Live!

Her mama always said she was special. His daddy called him a demon. But even monsters can fall in love.   Everybody! My friends! I am so excited! The digital version of Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love has just gone live! Print copies should be available in a few weeks. If the guys from Ragnarok … Read More

A Valentine’s Day Story About Broken Hearts

This is one of my favorite stories of all time. I refer you to “Flowers”, published by a gorgeous magazine called Blueprint Review. Please read and enjoy. May life mend your broken heart.