My work has been published in the following books:

» January 4, 2012

Motherly Musings: Thirty Women and Men Reflect on the Roller Coaster Ride that is Motherhood (Unlimited Publishing LLC, 2011, Sueann Wells, ED editor)

Story: “The Room that Mattered Most” “Caurie, Caurie” my mantra changes, “He will be okay.” My uncertainty is finally manageable. Even if he has not seen his last hospital room, this room is more important. This classroom shows he will be okay. My Brady is okay.”

The Breastfeeding Diaries (Meadowbrook Press, 2007 Kate Davis editor)

Story: “Speaking of the Milky Way” “Needless to say, the word “Milky” stayed behind in Rochester along with any naive notion I had that a parent can control what their child says! “Momma milk balls” is now just part of the lingo at our home and you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It just shows how ingenious and creative nurslings can be. There must be something very special in momma milk!”

Bare Your Soul: The Thinking Girls Guide to Enlightenment (Seal Press 2002, Angela Watrous editor)

Story: “Sex and Catholic Girls” “My true spiritual journey did not happen during our marriage-preparation class or the year of intense classes Art and I had to take I order for him to become baptized. Both were interesting experiences that taught me more about my religion, but my true spiritual journey happened while I held the hand of a so-called sinner.”

Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul Two (HCI 2001, Jack Canfield editor)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: To Mom, With Love (HCI 2006, Jack Canfield editor)

Chicken Soup for the Soul – Like Mother, Like Daughter (HCI 2008)

Story: “Lessons on Napkins”

“And, there were even napkin notes sent to me in college and graduate school, far away from my mother’s physical touch. Despite the tumultuous changes of college – changing majors, changing boyfriends, changing the way I looked at the world – my one constant was my mother’s encouragement, support and teachings, echoed in years of love, commitment and napkin notes.”

 

 

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Shape of A Mother

» January 31, 2008

There is a wonderful website called “Shape of A Mother” that I have admired for a long time.  Mothers submit stories and photographs of the changes to their bodies (both good and bad) during pregnancy and postpartum.  It is a very empowering and inspiring website.  I finally had the courage to submit my story and photographs and they were published on the site today. Here is the link to my story – “Perfection” If you have body image issues I encourage you to look around the site – I should preface that there is some nudity on the site – but it is in good taste (most women submit photos of their bodies and they range from fully clothed to completely bare).

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The Puddlejumpers

» January 17, 2008

He is drawn to them
Like a bee to nectar
A babe to breast
Barefoot, sneaker clad, Croc clad
It matters not
Wet socks and frozen toes always lose
To the lure of the water
(home)
The thrill of the splash
The sound of the gush
Conventional “wisdom”
(the same kind that tells me not to share my bed
with my cub
or nourish him with my milk
for too long)
Tells me to scoop him up and scold him
My spirit
(the same one that tells me glitter all over the kitchen table
and milk snacks on the monkey bars
are ok)
tells me to join him
So I jump in too
Clogs and socks and blue toenails
He claps his hands and dances with delight
For his Momma is a puddle jumper too.

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