#Things That Make You go, “Hmm.”

It’s one of those tropes in literature and TV and movies. At the height of their struggle, Hero does what must be done and then conks out, only to wake up three days later, in their bed at home. With no sign of having had any bodily functions while they were asleep. #thingsthatmakeyouwonder +++It has…

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Learning To Love Myself

Last week, I finished a major novel revision. The kind of revision that takes 6 months to complete. This is far from the end of the process, but still, it’s a big milestone, and one I’ve been working toward with increasing intensity as the months have passed and it took so.much.longer than I wanted it…

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This is not “the best health care in the world”

Strap yourselves in, folks, because today I’m talking health care. I know, this is an author website. But I’m also well aware that any post I write about Julianna and Down syndrome touches some visceral spot in my readership. I accept this without fully understanding it. So let’s talk health care, because as a disability…

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The summer of discontent

Originally posted on Intentional Catholic:
Photo by Monstera on Pexels.com At the beginning of this year, I set myself a spiritual goal to focus on contentment.I have not been incredibly successful. Honestly, I didn’t expect to be. Some goals are set knowing they are beyond reach—knowing that the striving toward them brings one closer to…

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Five on a Friday

Here’s a heads-up for your early January: I’m starting something new! I’m going to start a new series called “Five on a Friday,” in which I’ll interview women’s fiction authors in five questions. Stay tuned–our first goes live on Friday, January 8th, when I’ll welcome Cara Sue Achterberg, whose new release, Blind Turn, releases that…

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The fulfillment of dreams and the start of the next adventure

I have been writing fiction since I was in the second or third grade. I began by writing fan fiction in the back of the school bus with my second cousin. I wrote about Annie. She wrote about E.T. We wrote poetry, too. Mine was bad. I started writing original stories not long after that.…

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In Which I Wrestle With Race

Originally posted on Intentional Catholic:
Photo by Matheus Viana on Pexels.com I was so clueless. I went to a park to meet a friend and her son, my godchild, to social-distance celebrate a birthday. She was upset, and I didn’t immediately realize why. She had to lead me almost all the way there. I have…

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The Freak-Out and the Grand Pause

I realized recently that we’re all going through a universal set of stages as we cope with this abrupt departure from “normal” life. First there’s the freak-out. The overbuying food and toilet paper, the lying awake at night envisioning scenarios in which your child with a disability is the one who will be denied a…

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