November 9th, 2015

6 Rules for Facebook

The day my mother joined Facebook, I updated my status to read: “That loud crashing sound you just heard? That was worlds … colliding.”

Imagine the noise, then, when my oldest daughter created her page and her younger siblings followed soon after. We needed to set some rules. It’s not just teenagers who need Facebook rules, though. We all do. Here are some of mine for grown-ups.

1. Less is

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October 8th, 2015

Are you Wonder Woman?

Are you Wonder Woman? I am.

Okay, maybe not really. All I know is the other day on the highway, the kids and I were following a car with the license plate “WDRWMN” and I could not help but think:

“That should be my car!”

Whether or not we are willing to admit it, we all play Wonder Woman sometimes.

Maybe it was this morning when you resisted the

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March 20th, 2014

Incoming: Momnipotent

My dad was visiting this past weekend and in the process of discussing book promotions, he asked me about blogging.

“You never do blog anymore do you?”


“Because it’s a waste of time?”

Well now, there’s a question. Blogging may not be the hippest platform authors use to promote their books, but it surely is not a waste of time for anyone who enjoys blogging, or reading blogs, or

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October 20th, 2013

Just Plain Messy

My high school physics class never made much sense to me. In fact, there is only one thing I learned in that class that still sticks with me after all these years–the idea of entropy or the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Systems tend to go from a state of order to a state of maximum disorder.

Finally. After endless pages of meaningless numbers and symbols and equations, here at

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August 17th, 2013

Do You Need a Writing Coach?

If you wonder if you might need a writing coach, ask yourself the following questions:

— Do I need help defining my goals in writing?

— Do I have a writing project that has languished for years because I am not sure what to do with it?

— Have I always wanted to explore the field of professional writing, but am not sure where to begin?

— Do I have

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March 6th, 2013

Keeping up. Not really.

Through a series of fortunate events, Ambrose recently upgraded to an iPod Touch and his younger brother Stephen inherited the ancient artifact known as his former iPod nano. Win, win!

But these boys do not enjoy the same listening privileges, and so this morning I was tasked with approving the songs that were on the 14-year-old’s device for 11-year-old listening. Bob Marley, okay. Cars soundtrack, okay. Usher … well, I

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October 11th, 2012

In case you are in or around Pittsburgh this weekend …

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September 19th, 2012

Is it still Tuesday?

No? Too bad. I’m doing this anyway. Here goes …

Do you know what is one of the worst feelings in the world? It’s when you are driving home from dropping the kids off at youth group, looking forward to a mini date night with your sweet and patient husband, and then you feel a twitch in your left eye. And your brain starts to do this:

Hey, my eye

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