One morning about a year ago I was in my local supermarket buying bacon and eggs. It was Mother’s Day and, as a childfree woman, the one Sunday a year when I wouldn’t consider going out for breakfast (unless of course it was with my own mother, although that usually doesn’t happen since we live in different states). Brunch reservations on Mother’s Day are the domain of moms, and I wouldn’t dare compete for a table—a reservation at Gjelina is hard enough to get, even when it’s not a major… Continue
Added by Jennifer Richardson on May 10, 2013 at 8:31am —
It’s a strange feeling not having a living mama on Mother’s Day. I heard a preacher speak on the radio the other morning. He said to let your mother know how important she is to you if she is alive and if she’s gone on, cherish the memories.
The preacher went on to say that some mothers do not fit… Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on May 9, 2013 at 5:06pm —
Fifteen years ago this week, I picked my eldest up from school. She arrived at my car sobbing, clutching what could only be a Mother’s Day art project, a gift wrapped with lots of construction paper, held together with even more scotch tape. When I asked her what was wrong, she explained between tears and hiccups that she only had time to make the one present. “But I have two mommies!” She whimpered. My heart broke into a million pieces. Gently, I took the gift from her hands and unwrapped… Continue
Added by Pam Helberg on May 9, 2013 at 3:44pm —
In celebration of our national Irish holiday, I am giving away three original short stories at my website.
These original stories are free until 12:00 midnight on March 17th.
These contemporary tales all center around the topic of infidelity, Irish style.
The first story, "Wednesdays," is posted there now.
To follow: "La Belle Femme" and
(just in time for… Continue
Added by Aine Greaney on March 13, 2013 at 1:42pm —
Up in Kings River Life Magazine today we have a lot of St. Patrick's Day mystery fun & a lot of reviews & giveaways. We have a St. Patrick's Day mystery short story by C.A. Rowland http://kingsriverlife.com/03/09/the-crock-of-gold-a-st-patricks-day-mystery-short-story/
Some St. Patrick's Day mystery reading suggestions from Sharon Tucker… Continue
Added by Lorie Ham on March 9, 2013 at 10:56am —
As another St. Patrick's Day approaches, I've been thinking about the issue of identity and writing. As in, can we ever separate our national, ethnic, gender or other identities from our work and books?
In my case, I question if it's a blessing or a curse to be labeled “an Irish writer.” Is there a set of reader expectations for a book that hails from the Emerald Isle?…
Added by Aine Greaney on March 4, 2013 at 9:23am —
(I know this is a bit long for a blog post, but if you are married, or have been, you just might enjoy the ride :) )
I placed a hesitant hand on the smooth metal door handle of the Hallmark store and pulled it open to the sound of tinkling bells. Ruby hearts hanging from the door jamb brushed the top of my head as I stepped… Continue
Added by Susan Pohlman on February 12, 2013 at 10:48pm —
Valentine’s Day, synonymous with love and romance, is once again bombarding us with all things red and pink remotely associated with amore and desire. Sandwiched between Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day, it is one of the most commercialized days of the year. A frenzy that takes hold of the country every year leading up to the 14th of February: from cards to flowers, teddy bears to underwear, chocolates to jewelry, and not to mention red…
Added by Siggy Buckley on February 12, 2013 at 3:42pm —
At some point in the relationship, every man I’ve ever gone out with has looked at me sadly and concluded “You aren’t very romantic, are you?”
I am not. I am loving and funny and loyal. But romance has never been my thing.
Hearts and flowers? Strolling hand-in-hand? Candle lit dinners for two?
Love at first sight? Not for me.
In contrast, the very first time my sister met her future husband, she knew that she wanted to spend the rest of her life… Continue
Added by Rosalind Warren on February 8, 2013 at 9:41am —
Things you’ll need:
1. Medium sized post-its/heart-shaped post-its if available.
3. A pencil.
5. Coloured pens (Optional, for decoration)
Valentine’s Day card 2 step 1: You need to create 2… Continue
Added by Sulagna Dasgupta on February 6, 2013 at 10:35pm —
3 Unusual Romantic Day Trips that will Rekindle Your Marriage
More often than not, married couples eventually get stuck in a rut. Nobody wants to be in a marriage that lacks romance and intimacy. However, keeping the fire alive takes some effort and meticulous planning. Check out these unusual romantic day trips to rekindle the fire in your marriage:…
Added by leonardo dawson on December 13, 2012 at 2:27am —
New issue of Kings River Life is up! We have a mystery short story by J.R. Lindermuth featuring a father in honor of Father's Day http://kingsriverlife.com/06/16/anything-a-fathers-mystery-short-story/
An interview with mystery/suspense author John Gilstrap-who also happens to be a father-a review of his latest book "Damage Control" & a chance to win a copy of the book… Continue
Added by Lorie Ham on June 16, 2012 at 11:02am —
Valli’s life is one of utter misery – picture Harry Potter as a girl in India with a “family” that hates her but is so poor that they must live together in a space about the size of that cupboard under the stairs. Smellier, too, since the youngest children are often unable to make the long trek… Continue
Added by Shelley Workinger on June 8, 2012 at 10:19am —
During the Memorial Day Weekend I started wondering about all the men and women who had lost their lives in the eleven wars Americans have fought in. Each person who lost his, or her life was a unique individual. A person God created with a face, personality and soul like none other. Each fallen soldier was someone’s son, brother, dad, sister, wife or mother. They should not be a forgotten memory. They were real flesh and blood with the same wants and needs of you and me. The only… Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on May 28, 2012 at 7:25am —
For Memorial Day, I once again post this letter Dear Baby Brother from my blog. A friend lost her brother in Afghanistan. Please take the time to read and share.
Added by Cindy Brown on May 25, 2012 at 8:48pm —
I saw this photo on Facebook today. And that made me think of ee cummings' poem, "I Carry Your Heart With Me." It really is powerful when you believe in your dreams and weed out negativity. I have been working on this. And I have also been praying about it.…
Added by Megan Oteri on May 25, 2012 at 6:30pm —
Hello. My name is Helen (Len) Leatherwood and I am delighted to be the guest editor on SheWrites this week. We will be talking about the importance of daily writing,as well as explore the world of Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir this week. I look forward to getting to know you SheWrites members. Please feel free to participate with comments and writing exercises. I'd love to hear from you!
Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 20, 2012 at 9:46pm —
To all of our mothers. Thank you for your love~
A Mother's Silhouette
I awoke for a moment in late afternoon, the hospital room spare and efficient. I looked over and saw my mother sitting with a rosary in her hand, a cool dark silhouette before a window fiercely illuminated by the hot desert sun.
“You don’t have to talk,” she said noticing I was stirring. “I’m just going to sit… Continue
Added by Susan Pohlman on May 11, 2012 at 9:56am —
What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than reflections from both sides of the mother-daughter coin via a new little e-book (available on Kindle/Kindle for iPad and Nook) + a little perspective on… Continue
Added by Deborah Batterman on May 4, 2012 at 11:34am —
Happy April Fool's Day! I hope you all have a day where pranks are minimal and if you get pranked, the best advice I can give you get revenge in the legal kind. Or have them buy you Easter candy. Whatever works for you.
I for one am happy March is over; it was one of the months that was a roller coaster for me. Being on our local public radio station was fantastic, plus putting out my essay collection was also amazing. But life happened too. The biggest things was…
Added by Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on April 1, 2012 at 12:16pm —