Writing for Me (Eventually)

I’ve gotten into a bad habit of only writing when I plan to post what I write–either on this blog or in the one publication that still lets me submit (Front Porch Fredericksburg). I am looking for a guide light to lead me toward a writing discipline, a daily habit to reflect my thoughts and … Continue reading

Listen Now or Forever Hold Your Tongue

Put down the phone. Let the dishes marinate a little longer. Swallow what’s on the tip of your tongue and wait for it. Wait for the still squeaky, sometimes whiny, always earnest voice of your child as he weaves another rambling tale. In our house, it’s usually about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in cyber space. … Continue reading

How I Got Here

Writing has long been a source of identity for me. I published a zine and audio zine when I was 16. A reckless collection of poetry and journal musings about a boy (like many others) I should’ve never been into and my struggle against parental interference. Or, puppy love BS packaged in a grungy, edgy … Continue reading

Inspirational Creativity

I don’t know if kids even write zines anymore. By kids I mean hormonal teenagers who need to express their angst at life and their innate knowledge of everything to anyone who will listen. By zines I mean small, self-published magazines created by these kids. Zines allow them not only a necessary means of expression … Continue reading

Election Day: An Apathetic Love Affair

When I was young—in college and as a fresh member of the workforce—I took my politics seriously. I rallied and argued and wore T-shirts and felt superior to anyone who didn’t agree with my version of the truth. I paid attention to who I thought I agreed with and I threw their arguments back at … Continue reading

Change begets Change

This summer, I went on a life change bender. I simultaneously undertook two of life’s major changes. I said I do, again, merely two years after my divorce finalized and four years after my first marriage ended. I said yes to a new job, completely obliterating my comfort zone and choosing passion and intuition over … Continue reading

The Power of Truth

Within each day, I come to countless crossroads when I must choose whether to respond authentically. Some critical. “Mommy, why did you pick me up late?” Others mundane. “What time did you wake up this morning, honey?” I sometimes struggle to say what represents my actual thoughts or experience. “Ruth, we talked about what to … Continue reading

Equations of Value

I finally found my word. Everything I read or heard about finding an inspirational word for the year—not a resolution or a goal, but a theme, a purpose—proved true. The word repeatedly solved perceived problems. In and of itself, the word became a way to delineate the options ahead of me. Other words clambered for … Continue reading

Why Internal Competition Rules & External Competition Drools

 By Sarah Beth Jones, Nary Ordinary Business Services Last week, I wrote a post where I compare life and our businesses to hummus. Hummus is one of those recipes that has been around for centuries (I assume. I didn’t even check Wikipedia to see if it was true, though.) but we all put our own … Continue reading

A Woman with Intention

Propped on the bedside, nylon stockings stretched under A-line skirt, I stroke his soft cheek. Waiting for him to stir, I cherish a rare quiet moment. I coax him from under the warm covers with soft kisses and a slow back scratch. I intend: To bring him into a new day gently and kindly. To … Continue reading