Today’s Charlotte Woman Essay: Thanks for Not Cooking

This is my essay about the time I swore off cooking for Thanksgiving. It’s actually more about my long-standing hate relationship with the kitchen. I was excited to learn this essay would go into the November issue of Today’s Charlotte Woman partially because it was a magazine I had not yet worked with and partially because it was an essay that had nothing to do with parenting. It’s true I’ve collected more stories and perspectives on life since becoming a parent than I have from any other 3-year initiative, but I was looking for an outlet for other stories that … Continue reading Today’s Charlotte Woman Essay: Thanks for Not Cooking

Little Ones Magazine Article: Unconditional Friends: Local Puppy’s Story Inspires Friendship and Acceptance

Check out this link for a story about a 2-year-old puppy who lives with disabilities, but is using those to bridge the gap between children with disabilities and typical children. His story, Bean is Born, and the work of Charlie and Sandy Petrizzo at Project 2 Heal, are examples of innovative goodness. I have been quite fortunate to work frequently this past year with Little Ones Magazine and when the editor offered me another assignment – in an area that I have zero experience with – I was intrigued and challenged. Putting the piece together was an exercise in mental gymnastics … Continue reading Little Ones Magazine Article: Unconditional Friends: Local Puppy’s Story Inspires Friendship and Acceptance

Little Ones Magazine Article: Looking for Homeschool Activities Outside of the Home?

I had the pleasure of working with Little Ones Magazine again. I was thrilled when the editor contacted me for another opportunity to work with her, and particularly pleased to learn that the article was about homeschool options in our area. As a product of several years of homeschooling I have a special place in my psyche for issues related to the subject. Further, as my husband and I begin the process of examining school options of all varieties for our little lovelies, my ears perk up even more when educational options in our area are mentioned in various contexts. It’s exciting to learn about … Continue reading Little Ones Magazine Article: Looking for Homeschool Activities Outside of the Home?

Five Tips for Figuring Out Freelancing

There are two types of people in this world: those who take a running leap into a pool of water and those who dip their toes in one at a time until they are finally in up to their (gasp!) ankles. I suspect that those who jump into pools without a care as to the temperature are the same who advocate for the ripping-off of band-aids (hair and all); those who dip gently into the obviously frigid water will likewise take time and care to pull a band-aid off hair-by-hair. I’m a pool-dipper, slow-puller. Thus, when I considered freelance writing … Continue reading Five Tips for Figuring Out Freelancing

The Big Four for Freelancers: Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Social media is everywhere. I attended a writer’s conference last Saturday and in the “housekeeping” announcements the attendees were given a hashtag. Our church encourages attendees to post or Tweet during the service and provides the necessary hashtag. But each outlet has pros and cons and often those depend on your purpose. Here are some notes on four popular options for freelance writers: blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It’s a lengthy post so if you’re curious about only one or two areas, feel free to scroll down. Ideas and opinions are welcome in the comments section to keep the conversation going. 1. Blogs – To blog or not … Continue reading The Big Four for Freelancers: Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn