Tag Archives: Olivia Newport

Friday Night Lights

Olivia Newor toy chicken

Probably you have more exciting things to do on a Friday night. Me? I’ve been running around like a headless chicken for the last four hours. Pay the bills. Pow-wow with daughter about a project she wants help on. Trip to Target for the glamorous stuff we all have to buy. Stop for food on […]

Where Do Stories Start?

Olivia Newport antique writing desk

Where do stories start? For me, stories begin with characters. As a writer, a character is likely to pop up in my brain first, then a setting. After that I need the elements of plot—an objective, obstacles, stakes that keep rising. As a reader, also, I tend to attach to a character before I start […]

Who Is Your Imagination Partner?

Olivia Newport bug face

It’s my brother’s birthday. I would say my “little brother,” but he’s not that much younger. I am one of seven kids and am squashed between a couple of brothers so closely that, as a parent, I have many times wondered what in the world my parents were thinking. Besides, I have another brother who […]

Why I Get an F in Reading

Olivia Newport Red F

I get an F in reading. You probably do too. I read lots of books. And blogs. And magazines. And online articles. (Newspapers, not so much.) And I get an F. We’ve turned into a culture of scanners. We might read the first two or three lines of a piece of writing. After that, we […]

Where Do You Find God?

Olivia Newport church bell

Six years and it’s over. Six years ago a church in my neighborhood began holding a worship service on Saturday evening. I knew it was a traditional church steeped in liturgy, and the Saturday gathering would be identical to two Sunday morning services. I decided I could use a regular dose of tradition. It was […]

One Year of Mama Says

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Almost a year ago I started a Friday feature called “Mama Says.” Every week I shared something my mother has said that caused me to laugh, reflect, act. It’s been fun to hear that people looked forward to what Mama had to say each week. “Mama Says” as a weekly feature has come to an […]

Mama Says #48

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

My mom lives in south Florida, on the Gulf side. So the first part of this week was of particular curiosity for me. Where would Isaac hit land? Would it be a hurricane? What was the weather forecast for my mother’s town? When I talked to her on the phone she said my brother, who […]

Who Works on Labor Day?

Olivia Newport--a fall road

The traditional end of summer and the beginning of fall in the U.S. One last camping trip. One last backyard barbeque. Hallelujah, a three-day weekend! Every year I hear a variety of jokes about Labor Day. Mothers will say, “Let me tell you about a real Labor Day.” Parents convince kids that Labor Day means […]

Getting Ready for Back to School

Olivia Newport Back to School supplies

Back to school! Actually, back-to-school season does not affect me much. My college daughter who teaches preschool full time and lives at home tells me her class schedule and then gives me a dirty look when I ask her again what it will be three days later. I ask her to write it down. Her […]

Mama Says #43

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Last week was a good week. Intense, but good. After being out of town all week, I was trying to get home Friday night and my flight was canceled. I got home Saturday afternoon, feeling wiped. Then after church today I found myself locked out of the house. Hubby, who had house keys, did not […]