President Obama, I respect you and hold you in high regard. I know getting past the IRA seems impossible, but can you tell us how you tried to limit or ban assault rifles while in office? You have written a nice heartfelt response to a tragedy that happened in the town where my 20-year old goes to college, where he and many of his friends grocery shop. I have heard stories of heroism and of bone-chilling, frightening accounts. Luckily, they are all safe. But, the time for prayers for the victims of gun violence has long passed. It's trite. We need real change and real laws--both for mental health and guns. Please help with this as I'm sure you still have a large pull and influence in Washington. Thank you for all that you have done and will do. Please take good care.
I know, I know you don’t have time to handwrite notes, especially if you’re sitting in a classroom or a meeting, or you are at a workshop. There are also many apps you could download to help take notes. That’s what I thought, as well, until I was in Sommelier school a few years ago.
I was to take a test on French and Italian wine regions and their informing grapes. I got this, I thought. I had paid attention, taken notes in class on my laptop, and reviewed them before the test. Makes sense, right?
I bombed the test…
Being a writer, I have kept many journals throughout the years. When I was sixteen and wanted to be just like Stevie Nicks, I kept a songwriting journal. I’ve kept dream journals where I would jot down my nighttime dreams and poetry journals.
When I first started journaling, I only wrote about cheerful things. I thought if anyone reads this, they’ll see how happy I am. I would sit and tap my pen, searching my mind for long, sophisticated sentences, as well. Onlookers might think — wow, she’s a brilliant writer. Neither strategy served me, and nobody has ever read…
Take care of your body and connect with others
All of us have felt anxiety at one time or another, a big test, public speaking, or social stress. However, some people experience anxiety more than others. Disproportionate amounts of anxiety can sometimes be caused by an underlying issue, most commonly, an anxiety disorder that effects 40 million adults in the US. Let’s face it, anxiety is peaking in all of us, right now, reaching mountainous levels. Whether or not we have been diagnosed with a disorder, it’s a crazy time.
I know for myself, I have either been on the…
Uncover Crazy Food Names from Across the Planet
I’ve done a bit of traveling, and everywhere I go, I eat what’s locally made, grown, or harvested. I make it a point to get out of my comfort zone and try new delicacies — even if they look or sound gross. And I ALWAYS drink local, whether it’s wine, beer, mead, tequila, horchata, or hot tea. You get a sense of the place, the people, and the tastes.
Eating a once-living being should not be taken lightly. In America, we do little with organ meats or what we have…
Twitter and the knowledge of hashtags are necessary for just about every writer. I found this out as I started querying my first novel. I thought at first ugh, Twitter? Isn’t that just a bunch of people ranting about pop culture and politics? What I found is that, yes, there are those ranters, but there is also a vibrant writing community of agents, publishers, publicists, and a slew of writers of every genre.
When I did my first #Writerslift on Twitter, I thought my phone would explode. I couldn’t believe it. I had hundreds of fellow writers follow…
10 Safe Ways to Say YES
by Kelly Simmerman
I think we all can agree that living through a pandemic is hard. Everything we used to mindlessly say yes to, we suddenly must rethink our answer. Things like taking a trip, seeing friends, sitting at a bar, going to a pool, sharing dinner with your grandparents, hugging family members who don’t live in the same house. I have a minor anxiety attack if I don’t have my mask nearby whenever I’m out of the house. It’s really different and kind of depressing.
My partner, Ellen, and I decided to drive…