Monthly Archives: May 2012

7 Things I Gained By Doing the 2012 Blogathon

You may recall in my first post for the 2012 blogathon, I said this: We’re keeping it simple, friends. That’s the rule this month. And I shared seven reasons why I was doing Michelle Rafter’s Blogathon again this year. In … Continue reading

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A Thank You to Michelle Rafter

Today my post is a thank-you note to Michelle Rafter, the mastermind behind the Blogathon. Michelle, Thank you for dreaming up this fabulous idea of a Blogathon and keeping it alive and growing for FIVE years! I appreciate the insight, … Continue reading

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Three Reasons to Love Google Calendar

Late one night during the Blogathon, my head hurt from trying to map out my writing, obligations, including 31 days of posts! (And — ahem — that was 31 more posts than I’d written in the previous 31 days…if you … Continue reading

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Blogathon Theme: Wordle

Today’s theme is to post a wordle that captures the words on your blog. Thanks to Michelle Rafter’s intro to, I was able to use a screen capture to post it here. Some of my favorite words in this … Continue reading

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Sunday Slump: Joyce Carol Oates

“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.” —Joyce Carol Oates, April 1986 Is this true for your writing? For me, I start with the first sentence, but I have a good idea of where I’m … Continue reading

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Saturday Stand Outs

Note: There are 252 bloggers participating in this year’s Blogathon. That means there’s a lot to read. Every Saturday in May, I’m  posting links to three of the posts that really stood out from the many (fabulous) posts I read … Continue reading

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Final 20 great things about the past year

As I mentioned in this post, and this post, I am posting great things about the past year. Today the list continues with these final 20 additions (11 + 10 + 20 = 41): Watching both of our boys become … Continue reading

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Thankful Thursday: Lessons from the Mexican Restaurant

My older son recently had a doctor’s appointment that kept him away from school during his school lunch hour. After his appointment was finished, we went out to lunch to celebrate another year of good health. (Never mind that we … Continue reading

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Blogathon Theme Day: If I Started Blogging Today I Would…

Today’s Blogathon Theme topic has me thinking: are there things I would do differently, now that I’ve been blogging here for over three years?  (Read my first post from October 2008 here.) My usual mode of operation is to seek … Continue reading

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Reading List: Joy for Beginners

I am reading Erica Bauermeister’s novel, Joy for Beginngers. It’s wonderful. Chapter by chapter, the book shares how the women who cared for their friend Kate through a life-threatening illness accept the challenges she gives to each of them when … Continue reading

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