Flutterby 7

A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.

Up a tree.
Up a tree.

Start Looking by Jill Robbins: “I don’t run to the doctor over every ache and bump but I’m quick to climb the crazy tree with my good friend “what-if”. I’ll scale that tree with amazing speed, although it’s not too hard to talk me back down, especially if you have booze or chocolate.” That is so me, plus there’s some really good stuff here about appreciating what’s right in front of you.

The Identity Crisis of Motherhood by Meredith at Perfection Pending: Every mama can tell you about her days of doubt, her days of wondering “Does what I do matter?” Those of us who stay home with our kiddos often wonder what life would have been like had we pursued one or another of our dreams. Meredith turns the focus inward, giving us her insights into the small but beautiful world that defines who she is right now: Mom. Continue reading “Flutterby 7”

Flutterby 6

A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.

Bruce Springsteen’s Reading List: 28 Favorite Books That Shaped His Mind and Music: I am a huge fan of The Boss so I loved this list of his favorite books and felt a particular thrill at seeing that we both hold dear a few titles in common like Love in the Time of Cholera and Leaves of Grass.

IMG_4475Why We’re Saying No to Extra-Curriculars by Lauren Knight: I’ve been the anti-extra-curricular mom for years, limiting my big girls to one or two activities at a time. This year, the 12-year-old crossed over into the world of after-school everything: soccer, voice lessons, tennis, bat mitzvah classes. This is a great reminder of the benefits of giving our kids unstructured time. Continue reading “Flutterby 6”

Flutterby 5

A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.

Madison Bumgarner ,Buster Posey
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

When Bumgarner Strolled In to Start the 5th, It Was Over by Ann Killion: A great piece of visual writing from the San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Her description of the World Series win is almost better than watching it on TV.

#ItsTheLittleThings by Nicki Gilbert: It happens: it feels as though the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Ebola, war, friends with cancer, kids with challenges, marriages falling apart. Remembering the little things is what keeps us whole. Nicki is one of my favorite people. I think you’ll love what she has to say. Continue reading “Flutterby 5”

Flutterby 4

A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.

I Just Got a Book Deal. Here’s What I’ve Learned by Rob Boffard on Medium: “Unfortunately, the key thing to have if you’re going to survive as a published author is patience. You have to have the forbearance and outlook of the Zen monk.”

How Do I Know What’s Bullying and What’s Normal Conflict? by Carrie Goldman on Motherlode: As a parent, I find myself up against this question often. I tend to intervene quickly and emotionally with the goal of squashing anything that maybe even remotely seems like bullying. This article gave me the tools to determine whether a behavior really is bullying or simply conflict that my girls need to learn how to resolve on their own. Continue reading “Flutterby 4”

Flutterby 3

A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.mornmoonI Have Become “That Mother” on Instagram: This essay isn’t really about Instagram. It’s about recognizing your true self in the middle of motherhood and knowing you haven’t been swallowed whole but maybe suffered a few minor and not so minor cuts and bruises. Janelle Hanchett of Renegade Mothering is one of my absolute favorite writers. Enjoy her.

Mary Oliver Shares a Poem From Her New Collection, Blue HorsesI am a fan of Mary Oliver because of my lovely friend Laurie Wagner who often offers Mary’s poetry as a jumping off point for our weekly Wild Writing class. At 79, Mary Oliver is still on fire. Continue reading “Flutterby 3”

Flutterby 2

A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up. 

7812f7b9de1f1de7c6719dd7ffba2978Time Cools All Jets: Emotions tend to flash hot in my household and this canvas cutout by Jim Marble might just help us all cool off. I ordered one for the kitchen wall.

What Matters in a Friendship: “I care that in the midst of the noise and clutter of our messy lives, that in the tiny moments we find to connect there is meaning, there are smiles even through tears, that we part feeling just a little bit stronger, a little more hopeful.” Yup. Continue reading “Flutterby 2”