Category Archives: Writing

An oldie, but a goodie

Today I’m over here, with a short essay I wrote a few years ago. It feels as true today as it did then, perhaps even more-so after Avery’s surgery. I hope it rings true for you, too. Thanks, Louise!

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How did this happen?

This is the longest interval between posts here at Pinwheels since I began scribbling down my notes and thoughts more than 2 years ago.  I want to say I don’t know how this could have happened, but really, I already know … Continue reading

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My words, your words

I came across this computer generated list of words associated with my writing while I was working over at ParentDish. I find it odd, and compelling, and startlingly true.  It’s kind of like reading your horoscope and realizing, Oh!  That’s … Continue reading

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Writing, for me, has always been a way of understanding things—a way of recording the events, to play back to yourself later, when you feel safe enough to look at them closely. Writing is like the TiVo of life.

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Write with me!

One thing that being a parent has shown me, especially being Avery’s mom, is that often, what I need to do most, what I need to get much better at, is letting go of the way I think things should … Continue reading

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The sometimes strange synchronicity of life

Like most of my stories lately, this one is long and a little bit rambling. It involves fall and homeschool and books and reading and even, apples. So here we go: A few days ago Bennett asked me where apples … Continue reading

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The long-overdue BlogHer post

Way back when I began this blog (which is a subject that came up at BlogHer, when DID I begin Pinwheels, and I didn’t have a ready answer for the question, maybe I should add my archives, to which I … Continue reading

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San Francisco, here I come!

On Friday, I’ll be signing books with Vicki Forman from 2-2:30 at the BlogHer Bookstore & Internet Cafe, which is across from Registration in the Westin’s Georgian Room–if you’ll be there too, stop by and say hi! Then Saturday, I’m … Continue reading

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Try this!

Susan and Janice of 5 Minutes for Mom have launched several new sister sites, including one called 5 Minutes for Special Needs. Tammy of Praying for Parker is the site’s fearless leader, and regular writers include Kim of Ramblings of … Continue reading

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A conversation about writing with Vicki Forman

Suzanne Kamata’s new book, Love You to Pieces:  Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs (Beacon Press) was released this month.  It’s a collection of poems, short stories, essays and excerpts from larger works–some of the writing has … Continue reading

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An editor’s take on the publishing industry

Here’s a thoughtful look at current trends in publishing from an editor’s point of view; the post is called, “Less is More.”

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6 impossible things

The White Queen from Alice in Wonderland has a line that goes like this: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Which is exactly how I feel most days; and sometimes, not only do I believe 6 impossible … Continue reading

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The Baby Bonding Book for Dads

My friend Jennifer Margulis and her husband James di Properzio have written a beautiful gift book I wished we’d had 9 years ago, when Carter was born. Tom and I were both newborn parents then, equally invested in our lives … Continue reading

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MotherTalk Wednesday

  Gretchen Josephson is a writer and a poet who also happens to have Down syndrome.  Her new book, Bus Girl, is a collection of poems that document her life as she grows in independence, works at the Denver Dry … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s MotherTalk Blog Book Tour

Has all this talk about writing and books gotten you inspired?  A great way to begin is to write for anthologies.  That way, you’re not responsible for an entire book–you commit to creating one small part of it, which allows you … Continue reading

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