Being a Recovering People-Pleaser

A memory popped up in my Facebook feed the other day about Asteria receiving honorable mention in The New York Book Festival. It seems like only yesterday, and yet a lifetime ago. The world has changed so much … as have I. For one thing, I no longer struggle with the disease to please, thank God. Being a people-pleaser is … Read More

In a Forgotten World

It’s suicide prevention week. I know, it’s a tough subject. One that most people would rather not discuss. But it’s becoming an epidemic in this country. As a teacher, my heart breaks when I hear that a former student has taken their life. And it’s happening more often. The question is, why? Numerous studies correlate excess social media exposure and … Read More

The Power of Purging

If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed a post or two about my newsletter trials and tribulations. Long story short, I didn’t send newsletters during the pandemic, and because of that, most of my followers had become “inactive.” When I overrode those protocols to reach out to readers on the original list, my mail service sent … Read More

Recovering from the Pandemic

This past year has been one for the record books, especially for teachers. Scrambling to create virtual classrooms on the fly while dealing with food and technology disparities for our low socio-economic kiddos was, at times, overwhelming. Prolonged stress had left me burned out and bone-weary. Nothing, not even writing, could pull me from that infernal sense of detachment. My … Read More

Understanding Accountability

The dark events of this past week were so horrific that most people I know shy away from even discussing it. But I can’t ignore what happened–it feels disingenuous and wrong. Like most Americans, my heart broke as I watched an animalistic mob invade the seat of our democracy, the very symbol that countless brave men and women have died … Read More

The Danger of Ignorance

Last week, sweet Lucy, my fifteen-year-old pup, developed a limp that turned into her hobbling around on three paws. I called the vet, but they were booked, and so I contacted a clinic recommended by a friend that took walk-ins. A half an hour later and one town over, we pulled up to the little cement building. I’d been told … Read More

The Truth of it All

  Aristotle said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Most artists I know feel this way. Art is an expression of inward truths manifested in words, brush strokes, movement, and sound. The most powerful art leaves its audience reflecting on the experience and how it pertains to their lives.  … Read More

Mother’s Day Giveaway

  Mother’s Day Giveaway! Enter to win $230 in prizes!! $50 Amazon Gift Card, Deluxe Rosy Bouquet & Belgium Chocolate Covered Strawberries. To enter follow each participating author on Bookbub. One lucky winner will be spoiled by all of us on Mother’s Day. Giveaway ends at midnight on 5/7. One lovely winner will be contacted via email on 5/8. *If … Read More

Sanity in the Storm

March 2020 officially goes under the “never would I ever” category of life. Never would I ever have thought I’d see a pandemic, nor the ravaging effects on what quarantining an entire nation does to the American psyche. When all this started I thought I’d found a silver lining in a storm cloud. Being forced to stay home meant having … Read More

We’re now on Bloglovin

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I’m trying to check off all the things on my writer’s to-do list before we start the new decade. It’s a long list, full of things that should have been taken care of months (*cough* years) ago. But hey, let’s celebrate that I’m giving it the old college try. At any rate, one box that’s … Read More