7 Quick Takes



I’ve heard about this one before, but I’ve never seen it on a video. A HS football player with Down’s, who gets to score a touchdown. This is a terrific 45-second video that will make you smile.


Here’s the blog post it came from; read it or don’t, I don’t care; it was really the picture I wanted to share: a mother, apparently an elected official in Italy, who’s brought her newborn with her to work.


File:Trumpet 1.jpgOnly the child of wedding musicians would go around the house humming “Trumpet Voluntary.” And then get excited because he hears Daddy playing “Jupiter” from the Planets downstairs. And sing the Mass of Light “Alleluia” as he brushes his teeth. Why doesn’t this kid open his mouth at church, again?


Simcha Fisher wrote a post this week that speaks for me 100%. And I’m sure she speaks for pretty much every one of my mommy readers, too. This woman’s amazing.


If dreaming about a lost baby means that you’re neglecting a goal or project that’s important to you, then what does it mean when you dream that you have the lead in Fiddler On the Roof, and it’s time to get to the theater for the performance but you realize you have never cracked the book open for the last act?


I started an online class on writing synopses this week. And it’s slightly less scary than I thought. Hopefully soon I’ll be writing more query letters.


And hopefully soon I’ll get over my freaking out and start writing the next novel, instead of researching to keep from having to start writing. I don’t know where to begin, you see; that opening is the most important part and I know if I get it wrong, I’ll be correcting the manuscript for months years to come. But the good Lord’s been whispering in my ear that I’m not going to find the path till I strike off through the woods. Maybe I’ll hit it for NaNO Month

Have a great weekend, folks!

8 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes

  1. Tamara Copple

    Re: #3- Alex has two celebrity parents at church. Maybe he feels pressure to be just like you and thus *anything* having to do with church shuts him down. At home no one who would judge him harshly is watching so he can express himself. Just a thought.

  2. My kids can completely relate to yours. We’re both musicians and everybody in town knows who my husband is.

    Are you really doing NaNoWriMo? I’m too chicken. How can it be possible to write an entire novel in a month? Have you done it before?

    • I don’t know if I’m doing NaNo yet…I think I probably will, although I don’t know that I’m going to get the entire thing done. Personally I think it’s one of those vows made to be broken, but the pursuit of which makes you a better person. 🙂

  3. I love that picture of the mom at work — that baby looks pretty snuggly (too bad she didn’t get more time for maternity leave though — I thought Europeans were better about that).

    Ah, Trumpet Voluntary — that brings back memories. I played the clarinet for years…and that was one we played in band all the time.

  4. Andrea

    What I want to know is HOW did she accomplish that wrap??? I wish someone would teach me how to do that!! I have two slings and haven’t figured either one of them out. No wonder baby carriers with straps are so popular!

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