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This day

Today is my Nonna's birthday. This is a photo of her one year ago. Her shirt says: Never underestimate the power of a woman. About a minute before this photo was taken, Nonna blew out the candles on her cake. Before that, I took a video of her patiently waiting for us to gather our… Continue reading This day

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First Day of High School, French Kisses and Thimbles

I have a fourteen-year-old son. Today he starts high school. These two sentences blow my mind into the kind of oblivion that's hard to stumble back from. I needed to go back in time, you see. I needed to remember where I was all those years ago when I started high school. Most days I… Continue reading First Day of High School, French Kisses and Thimbles

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Hot Truths from a Hot Mess

I feel like a hot mess. I mean, if I step outside for more than four minutes, I actually am a hot mess. (#boobsweat/#thighjuice/#yupijusthashtaggedthat) I'm feeling like a hot mess inside though. Like, in the deeps. I think this always happens to me when summer vacation for the kids actually starts. It's like, I worry about it… Continue reading Hot Truths from a Hot Mess

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Changes. And Little Fish.

Changes. I spent yesterday taking down the book-wallpaper I put up at the 'first' Gertrude's. It was bitter sweet. I can't believe that it's nearly been one year since I opened Gertrude's Writing Room...and I'm in a new space and working through all that comes with BIG CHANGE. I remember how elated I was when… Continue reading Changes. And Little Fish.

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Moving Day & More!

Hello friends! It's been over a month since my last post. Golly - that's way too long of a break! I promise that the reasons are legit! Big news first: We're moving! That's right, Gertrude's Writing Room has a new home and we're moving in this weekend! I'm over-the-moon with excitement and pre-moving day jitters.… Continue reading Moving Day & More!

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And then – a day opens!

Last night after I watched 'A Few Good Men' (I was craving Tom Cruise, what can I say?), I looked in my datebook to see what was on the schedule for today. I did a little jig when I saw that the day was open until 5pm! A whole day to fill up with...with what?!… Continue reading And then – a day opens!