So, it’s Mother’s Day, at least in much of North America, and a few other places. Mexico, where my mother lives, celebrated it on Friday, as their Mother’s Day is always on May 10th, instead of being the second Sunday in May, or seventy-third day after the first dark Tuesday, or whatever. But, anyway, it’s [...]
Coffee has been part of my life nearly as far back as I can remember, my earliest experience of it being the “coffee-milk” my mother used to make for me by spooning teaspoons of her thick, black, brew into my class of moo-juice from time to time. It is precisely because of this that I [...]
April is National Poetry Month, at least in the USA, and the eighteenth is the day we’re supposed to acknowledge the poems we carry in our pockets. Most of my clothes don’t even have pockets, and the only poetry I write is not for public consumption, but I’ve loved poetry since I was young enough [...]
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been madly in love with rain. At the first taste of ozone in the air, the first sub-sonic rumble of thunder, my brain comes alive, my heart starts to pound with anticipation, and my feet begin to tap a staccato rhythm on the floor. Maybe I’ve watched [...]
Ever since I was a child, I’ve come alive after dark, as if my creative self is clicked on in tandem with the turning on of lamps. I’ve never been the type to bounce perkily out of bed to sing along with the morning birds, but in the wee hours of the morning, in that [...]
When you’re an only child (which I was for most of my life, as my stepbrother didn’t come into my life until I was nearly twelve (and he was nearly thirteen), and didn’t live with us every single year between then and either of our high school graduations) finding people to play games with can [...]
There are three things I will buy without ever feeling guilty for doing so: frou-frou coffee, scented bath soaps, and books. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a stack of books somewhere near my bed, and since receiving a Kindle ereader as a birthday present two and a half [...]
While everyone around me is in the throes of decorating for Christmas, I am not. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love to decorate, change my decor for every holiday, and have boxes upon boxes of Christmas “stuff,” but this weekend I’ve been busy relocating my writing space. I should explain: My husband and I [...]
And what did you do today? When I hear similar thoughts from wildly divergent places, I know the universe is trying to direct my attention to a specific concept. Within the last couple of weeks, that happened to me, so I’m sharing it with you. Here’s what happened: Fairly recently, my friend Todd posted a [...]
As I write this, there are five dogs sleeping in various parts of my house. Three of them belong to my husband and me, permanent packmates. The other two are just the latest in the string of guest dogs that have spent time in our home over the past four years. Why are they here? [...]
It’s October, less than two weeks from Halloween, and I’ve spent the past two days (and will be spending the bulk of today) at Dallas Comic-Con Fan Days, a fairly intimate (as such things go) convention of comicbook (Stan Lee insists that should be written as one word, and who am I to argue with [...]
I’ve been writing for fun, if not for profit, since I was five years old. That was the year I self-published a limited edition collection of poetry, giving copies to my grandparents and every other adult who was willing to read it. I still remember the scent of mimeograph ink. Similarly, I’ve been in love [...]
I have a confession to make: I’m in love with my mailman. Well, actually, that’s not quite true. I’m not in love with my mailman so much as with every mail carrier working a route, and all the people of the postal service that make mail -physical mail – a continued possibility. Or maybe it’s [...]
If you’re like me, you’ve got Olympic fever this week, and are glued to your television, tablet, or smart phone watching young men and women representing their countries as they come together in peaceful – but still passionate – competitive sports. I’ll admit that I was teary within 30 seconds of the beginning of the [...]
I’ve been almost living on watermelon this summer. When I was a kid, we didn’t have watermelon that often, and when we did, it came from a farm stand or the back of someone’s pickup truck. We would take home the huge, striped-green melons, and one of the adults would slice them open as the [...]
While All Things Girl never had the opportunity to interview Nora Ephron, all of us reacted with surprise and sadness at her recent passing. True, there were bigger new items in the US headlines last week, but for those of us who grew up in the latter half of the twentieth century, who came of [...]
I wrote this for a live presentation several years ago, but thought I’d share it here today, since Father’s Day is a week away. And don’t miss NEXT week’s Sunday Brunch, when we interview a father-son team! While they are depicted in literature and media with far less frequency than stepmothers, the sad reality is [...]
It’s a murky, grey Sunday here in the DFW metroplex as I write this post. It’s not actually raining, but threatening to, which, for me, means it’s the perfect weather for writing. I do most of my work either sitting on my bed with my trusty red Dell laptop, and my three dogs for company, [...]
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