In January I noticed a gland under my jaw would swell each time I ate my favorite snack: apples and peanut butter. My grandmother was deathly allergic to peanuts so I wondered if I was developing a peanut allergy.
In March I went to a specialist about an ongoing sinus infection. While there, I mentioned my swollen salivary gland. The nurse practitioner quickly called in Dr. Prestridge.
He discovered I had a clogged submandibular salivary gland. Peanuts were not the problem.
Usually a swollen salivary Read more [...]
How do we tell our story without divulging the sin of others? When writing, how can I be honest without throwing my family under the bus?
Here are my thoughts on writing honestly about past hurts. Read more [...]
Branding. What is it?
I’ve read and heard a bunch about “Brands” but didn’t know what that meant. It sounds complicated, but I don’t think it has to be. In this article I share what I've learned about brands and platforms. Read more [...]
I've been learning about Pinterest. And I'm sharing what I'm learning in hopes it will help others. I'm not an expert by any measurement.
I had a few readers tell me I should be on Pinterest. It would help get my blog articles "out there." Pinterest would allow more people to hear what I have to say.
So I opened an account and began pinning.
I also began reading articles about Pinterest. I wanted to learn more about it.
It seems many of the articles are all about getting traffic on your boards. Read more [...]
Full disclosure: I'm not an expert. I'm learning. And I'm sharing what I'm learning. Let's learn together, shall we? Please share in the comments any posts you've written on the topic. Or any great articles by others you've found helpful.
Yes, I'm behind the times. I'm just now learning Pinterest.
I created a Pinterest account last month on the advice of another blogger. I really had no idea what I was doing! Creating the account and adding pins was intuitive, but that's where I stopped. That Read more [...]
In blogger groups the question comes up fairly regularly -- How did you get your book published?
Invariably someone who has at least one book published answers. Someone who's been there, done that. Often someone with a website and "branded" accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. They've done all the things they recommend, and it's worked for them.
The author who answers will sometimes have a service she sells helping others get published, or maybe a book on the subject of publishing. Read more [...]
Yesterday I wrote I think I'm done writing about grief all the time. I no longer want to make Grief the main topic of my thoughts or writing. After reading many comments on my blog, Facebook, and private messages, I want to clarify something.
When our son died I said, "I will grieve his loss until I join him in heaven." I hurt so badly I didn't think I would ever be whole again. The pain was physically unbearable. Emotionally tormenting. Spiritually challenging.
Over the next few years, I wrote Read more [...]
Today a friend posted about her grieving process that first year. She had a kind of routine she did each morning. It helped her grieve.
Then one day she stopped. Just like that.
She was done with that routine. It wasn't what she needed any more.
I have other friends who four, five, or ten years later write about their grief and child loss almost every day. Maybe it still helps them.
But I think I'm done.
I think I'm done writing about death. Writing and thinking about death, grief, and pain Read more [...]