Later Mom Features
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married 21 years
RESIDENCE: The Berkshires, Great Barrington, MA
CHILDRENS NAMES/AGES: Benjamin 20; Catherine 16, (which means 17 in November!!!)
During my motherhood years, I have become a writer and visual artist. I have always been a theatre person and community organizer, and these skills continue to support me as I build my professional presence in the world beyond my kitchen. My website, Laundry Line Divine is the hub of my work online. I have a monthly column on Berkshire Family Focus and have been a featured guest at the Museum of Motherhood, Story of Mum, Studio Mothers, and Mother, Writer, Mentor.
I write about seeing and celebrating the sacred in daily living, about life with kids; cultural and artistic themes weave through my posts. I am dedicated to supporting women finding and using their authentic voices in their creative lives and online. I lead Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops in the Berkshires and at conferences. I teach Rampant Sisterhood: Engaging Your Authentic Voice Online workshops in the Berkshires and at women’s conferences.
I published An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice in March 2013. The writing and art collected there rose out of an event I produce for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers called Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others. I am taking a book tour in August of 2014 to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where I grew up and went to university. I will be joined by 3 other mother artists for talks about the creative lives of women and readings from the Anthology sponsored by the Marquette Arts and Cultural Center and the Escanaba Public Library.
I am in the midst of creating Slow Time Salons: An Art, Writing and Awareness Immersion on Lake Superior. On August 19 I will offer a one-day sampler of this retreat in Big Bay, Michigan.
What was your road to parenthood like? Long. I waited until I was married. I began my professional life in the theatre, as an actress, stage manager and worked in costume shops all over Manhattan during my 20′s. I had some very personal losses during those years and am grateful I was able to navigate them without subjecting children to the chaos of my life.
I met Jonathan when I was 32. We married 3 years later and had our first child a year after that. Our second child was born when I was 39.
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