Guess what I just found? A letter I wrote for someone else that was actually intended for the 2019 mother-of-three edition of Elissa Joy Watts. If you're a writer (or a creative person in general) and parenting has you maxed, I'm sure you'd benefit from this too. I wrote this to a beautiful human two … Continue reading a letter to weary writers
Dear Anne Lamott, Twenty-nine days ago I pledged to praise one extraordinary human being each day for Lent. Forty shout-outs in forty days. Miraculously, I am writing more than ever and somehow I am not losing my mind and neglecting my personal hygiene, at least not entirely. I'm out of dry shampoo but that's another … Continue reading day 28/40: #40shoutouts40days
Today is Mother's Day in the UK. Perhaps you thought I'd capitalize on this opportunity and reverently bow to the woman who raised me. Mom, I love you immensely. You are a jewel but today is not your day. I could praise the women - young and old, past and present - who have influenced … Continue reading day 26/40: #40shoutouts40days
Since falling silent in March I have received multiple encouraging and mildly convicting emails from a dead man. Okay, not quite but sort of. Before Lent I subscribed to a daily email delivering meditations inspired by the writings of Henri Nouwen. I have stopped counting his strangely intimate reflections. Too many have shouted directly at … Continue reading it’s not me. it’s you.
It's the second week for Professional Amateur, my creative side project. Welcome back. This space was not intended for a navel-gazing list-writing kitten-adoring food-loving mommy writer but in just one week I've already shared some of Scotland's culinary wonders and my honest thoughts on motherhood. There's even a list. I fear failure is imminent but … Continue reading bird by bird