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The Blue Muse
Paper note-taking: Not old-school… genius

Feb 21, 2014
Paper note-taking: Not old-school… genius

Is the pen mightier than the laptop? Apparently so.
One of the first things my university students learn about me is that I maintain a rather draconian policy on electronics in the classroom.

Generally, if I see a cell-phone, that means a 50 point penalty, or a 1/3 of...

MidLifeBloggers
On Valentine’s Day: For All Who Are Loved

Feb 12, 2014

It was a privilege – a gift – to be that person, something she gave me even as I lost her. I helped her to die, and in so doing she helped me to live. She was my mother-in-law, and I loved her fiercely.

MyCup2Yours
Redesigning Your Website: A Few Nuggets of Advice

Feb 9, 2014
Redesigning Your Website: A Few Nuggets of Advice

I’ve gotten some questions recently from friends and readers about starting a website or redesigning a current one. So I thought I’d put this post up (that I wrote for my agent Chip MacGregor’s blog a while ago), in case you missed it. Hopefully, by sharing my experience, it will help you in your...

MyCup2Yours
My book cover! (And how much I love it!)

Jan 27, 2014
My book cover! (And how much I love it!)

I’m so excited to be able to share the cover of my book Finding Mommy Bliss, coming out this spring from Hallway Publishing:      I’m truly grateful that the amazing designer Ben DeRienzo was able to design the cover. And can I just tell you how much I love it?! I love it! It makes me want...

MyCup2Yours
I’m Joining in on SnippoWriMo (and my new Snippet is almost done!)

Jan 22, 2014
I’m Joining in on SnippoWriMo (and my new Snippet is almost done!)

I’m excited to share that the Snippet App–the reading and publishing app I’ve talked about before–is hosting SnippoWriMo this month. (I’m joining in and am looking forward to having my second Snippet published. It’s called Little Bits & Pieces of Happiness and was inspired by this story about my daughter Katie. More info on that to...

mamawolfe
Persistence

Jan 12, 2014
Persistence

You probably have no idea how close I was to giving up. Seriously. Sometimes all the new-year-resolution-I’m-going-to-do-it-this-way-this-year talk backfires on me. It’s my stubborn streak, I know.  You’ve got to do it for the right reasons, that little voice kept whispering to me. Tell your stories. Use your voice. Share your words. Sigh. Here...

Enter the Between
In the Eye of the Beholder

In the Eye of the Beholder

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what about ugliness? How do we define ugly? What repulses us? And why?I poised these questions at Visionary Fiction Alliance in a review of Dean Koontz's latest release, Innocence, in which little by little, ste...

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The Blue Muse
New Year’s goals: Thinking back, looking ahead

New Year’s goals: Thinking back, looking ahead

Auntie Shawna and baby Satyana. If you guessed that my favorite experience of 2013 involved finishing the dissertation or graduating with a PhD or learning how to fly, you'd be close. All of those milestone definitely make the Top 10 Life List at ...

MidLifeBloggers
The Times They Are A-Changin’…

Dec 16, 2013

So I am, in a word, de-professionalizing MidLifeBloggers. That means I will stop thinking first of what is right for the site as a brand. I will stop thinking first of myself as a brand.

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Excerpt from “The Other Room”, a novel by Kim Triedman

Dec 12, 2013

An excerpt from The Other Room, a novel of family dynamics and relationships strained to the breaking point by the trickle-down of grief.

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