November 10, 2019

My son turned 8 this week.

Yesterday, he had a few friends over, and I learned that 8 is not too old or cool to jump in leaf piles. Spent leaves are all over my house. They are under the coffee table and resting in dining room chairs. Fisher crawled into bed with me aro...

September 14, 2019

 I took my son to Red Robin for lunch recently. A former student once referred to places like these as “breeder feeders”. Fisher and I sat in a crowded dining room surrounded by families with babies, at least one crying. We heard the “Happy Birthday” song three times....

July 1, 2019

I have a fundamental problem with Time. The breakdown is showing up everywhere, including the new record.

A small, independent artist who foots her own bill for studio time, stretches the recording process across paychecks. Time moves. Life changes. When the songs are f...

January 29, 2019

Album #3 Update: It’s started. I have 3 nights in the studio and 11 songs scratched out. I also have a lot of thoughts about my lyrics and what they say about my general well being. It’s been an interesting time for lyric reflection.

In the studio, I sing my songs into...

December 26, 2018

I had an epiphany in September while sitting on the toilet in the kindergarten bathroom at work. I didn’t have to go to the bathroom. I just needed a time-out, and the padded safe room was taken. September was the rolling combat tank of 2018, and every time I looked at...

May 17, 2018

Today is my birthday. I’m 44, which is pretty exciting. It’s divisible by 11 which only happens once every… well…11 years. Turning 44 is like being Halley’s Comet (if Halley’s Comet came every 11 years.)

(It comes every 75.).

(Turning 44 is nothing like Halley's Comet.)

M...

December 2, 2017

Apparently, yesterday was the 1-year anniversary of the release of Queen of Everything. I did not remember this – not until logging into Facebook this morning and seeing a memory telling me so.

Photo by Melissa Stukenholtz @ Gorman House Photography, Jamaica, IA 

I didn’...

November 11, 2017

It’s been 3 months since my Iceland trip. It’s time to let go. 

I left Hólmavík and the whales completely blissed out. I’d managed to nab the last available room at a country inn in Laugarhóll, a town-that-didn’t-appear-to-have-a-town, northeast along a different finger...

October 16, 2017

Follow these links to read: PART 1 -- PART 2 -- and PART 3.

I slept and woke and slept and woke and slept and woke in a cold Kia Soul on the side of the road in Iceland… and then I drove north to the whales.

In case I haven’t said this before: I LOVE WHALES. I have loved...

September 23, 2017

A delayed Iceland Part 3.

Read here for Part 2 and here for Part 1.

The unsorted logistics of anything make me want to throw up, so my anxiety got frothy before picking up my rental car. Will I find the rental office? (I did.) Will I manage the Iceland road rules okay? (...

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