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August 30, 2014
The last post I made was right after our relaxing vacation to the coast of Maine and Boston. When I got back, I was all set for 1. getting my 8th grader back into his year-round school routine and tackling that Algebra 2. taking my oldest son to the University of Virginia for the beginning of accounting grad school, 3. getting my middle son moved into his house with his friends, ready to start his junior year and 4. then finally getting back to spending some time on my writing. Things seemed to be settling down, back to a routine. My siblings and I had been taking care of my dad at night at my parents’ house since he fell and broke his shoulder in May. Now he was much better, and we were not spending the night over there any more. Yes, things were settling down.
Of course, nothing goes as planned, does it? As I’ve said before, whenever I feel that I can take a breath, something happens. We returned on a Tuesday, and on that Wednesday, my husband flew to Austin, Texas on business. It was that night while holding our beloved long-haired dachshund, Fenway, that I … Continue reading..
August 29, 2014
I am a writer. I will write my thoughts on paper. This does not mean that I feel what I have written, everyday. I have great days, good, bad, the worst, days.
I love to write and I feel like I could do cartwheels, ok, maybe just fairy leaps across the meadow, for this God given gift. I blog for Motherhoodlaterthansooner.com, and for that, I am over joyed. More fairy leaps! Looking at the other woman that blog for MLTS, their accomplishments are such, that I feel as though I have arrived. To be blogging next to these intelligent, woman is, for me, almost unbelievable. How did I get here? The only answer I have is, by the grace of God. It’s not me. God leads me where I go, and it has taken years to get to this point. Wait on the Lord, comes to mind. I do have this fear that someone may say, “Hey, you don’t belong here!” And they will take this away from me. Fear; Is a lier.
I remember what a friend had written in my Senior Year Book, “Maybe someday we’ll write a novel together.” Ah ha! I have always wanted to … Continue reading..
August 29, 2014
The Artist’s Way for Parents: Cultivating Inventiveness – The Boredom Myth
*Excerpted with permission from The Artist’s Way for Parents by Julia Cameron. Copyright © 2013 by Julia Cameron. Jeremy P. Tarcher; Penguin Group USA – A Penguin Random House Company.
The very act of creation might be defined as inventing something new, making something from nothing. Mining the daily realities of our lives for creative opportunities, we teach our children to do the same. We can find fun in unlikely places as we approach seemingly humdrum activities with joy and imagination. Dealing with boredom and menial tasks, we can actively choose to bring a sense of play. Exposing our children, in bite-sized increments, to the adult realities of money and cooking, we can peak their interest and help them to value– and enjoy–money earned and goals accomplished. Consciously digging deeper and setting an example of innovation, we learn– and teach– that within every activity, however simple, can lie inspiration.
The Boredom Myth
“I’m bored,” our children complain, and the look in their eye completes the unspoken end of their sentence: “Fix it.”
The idea that “boredom” is a stagnant state in and of itself is … Continue reading..
August 24, 2014
These were words I read on a post on my home page, one of many posts I saw today among the different group pages to which I belong for chronic pain, cancer or various autoimmune disorders. The strange thing is throughout the day I was trying to think about what I could blog about, and the thought that kept coming to mind was “Where do I get my strength?” I asked myself this today especially because I’m feeling like I don’t have very much of it left after everything that has happened this past week.
I started my week actually recovering from what was supposed to be my vacation. The odds were already against me…my husband was unable to go with my girls and me because of how unwell our cat has been, worries that he would pass while we were gone and he would be in the care of somebody else, as well as a the stricter vacation budget we found ourselves dealing with after a summer of trying to manage his medical bills. There just wasn’t extra money available this year to hire somebody to stay with our pets, so Hubby found himself staying home. Getting into all … Continue reading..
August 22, 2014
In the Native American tradition, September signifies the start of a new year. It certainly feels this way to me. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of the school year signifies opportunity, a time for a fresh start and a chance to do things differently. If you’re feeling some anxiety around the all the transitions, scheduling and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep breath, pause, and consider the following ideas for a simpler, less stressful school year. Adopting even one of these ideas could make a huge difference in how you experience this potentially hectic time. Begin with compassion and baby steps as you consider the following:
- Identify what’s #1 for your family this fall. What values or new ways of being are most important to you in the upcoming months? Is it having calm mornings, eating dinner together, saying “no,” and not overscheduling, having dedicated family time, a good homework routine, or a game plan for regular communication? Consider creating a vision board together around your shared values.
- Set yourself up for success by enlisting a support team. What type of support do you and your family need to feel nourished
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August 21, 2014
This depression thing has come to my attention since the suicide of Robin Williams, because of his high profile, depression is getting the attention that it deserves.
I saw a post from the website, TED talks. I watched a video of Andrew Solomon. An intelligent, successful man. He spoke of how the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. He opened a door leading down a hallway of depression, that I had never entered. I feel better educated about depression. Listening to his talk, changed the way I had viewed depression.
I didn’t want to know that; depression is genetic, it is; That you can be strong and successful for most of your life, weathering the storms that life blows at you, and then along comes depression. You feel like a dead person walking. You need medication everyday, and therapy for the rest of your life. It happens; That you must work everyday to keep your head above the dark water of depression. Everyday you need to work to keep your brain from drowning you in your negative thoughts.
What is it about depression that grips you? That wraps its boney, long fingers around your neck and chokes the … Continue reading..
August 18, 2014
The New York premiere of Poor Behavior, a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, is playing a limited engagement through September 7th at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street.
Evan Cabnet directs the company featuring Heidi Armbruster (Maureen), Brian Avers (Ian) , Jeff Biehl (Peter) and Katie Kreisler (Ella).
Bringing to mind plays like Dinner with Friends and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, two married couples come together in what was intended to be a relaxing weekend at the country home (charming set by Lauren Helpern) of Ella and Peter. The play opens with a heated discussion over many bottles of wine between instigator Irishman Ian and Ella, setting the tone for a debate about what is good and bad behavior and the question Rebeck poses: What if you made a mistake, years ago, that has destroyed your life, and will continue to destroy your life? Don’t you owe it to some higher notion of ‘goodness’ to fight for your life?
Why Ella and Peter didn’t ask Ian and Maureen to leave after is cause for question, but then there wouldn’t be a two Act play, which doesn’t truly impact until Act II when Ian delivers a lengthy … Continue reading..
August 15, 2014
Boy meets girl. Boy and girl have a fling. Girl gets pregnant and hesitates to tell boy. Boy steps up to the plate, despite believing he is sterile, and tries to talk girl out of having an abortion. While somewhat predictable, PHOENIX, by Scott Organ, has some literally “dead on” lines, but largely finds its appeal in the pairing of Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Julia Stiles and James Wirt. Wirt has a natural ease and appeal, and Stiles delivers the most when she digs down deep and gets teary-eyed. Her stiff character, otherwise, despite the flexible yoga poses she demonstrates, plays a bit one note….frustrating since Stiles is a highly engaging actress.
Scenic design is by Caite Hevner Kemp, costume design by Amit Gajwani, lighting design (well done) by Rick Carmona, sound design by Janie Bullard, scenic art by Burton Machen. Directed by Jennifer DeLia, PHOENIX plays a limited engagement through Saturday, August 23. It rus 90 minutes, no intermission.
PHOENIX premiered at the 34th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville on March 5, 2010, and received its Off-Broadway premiere produced by The Barrow Group Theatre Company … Continue reading..