Nancy Crowe has been a full-time freelancer for about a year and a half; however, she has freelanced in some capacity for 25 years. "The decision to go full-time ... came on the heels of my mother passing away, my 50th birthday, and just knowing … Continue reading Tips for freelancers: Understand freelancing may not be for you–and that’s OK
Over the holidays, I played a game with my family. My three nieces were at the table, so I did my best to clean up my potty mouth. I was so proud of myself for producing “crap” and “frick” instead of The Bad Words. Apparently, … Continue reading Should you let your kids curse?
This piece originally ran in the January 2018 edition of Fort Wayne’s Glo magazine. Find the PDF of it online. One wall in Betty Stein’s house is taken up with built-into-the-structure, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. There’s John Galsworthy’s “The Forsyte Saga,” which she called one of her favorite … Continue reading Meet Betty Stein, who’s been writing on reading for 35+ years
Coming up with a best books of 2018 list is tricky for a reader like me. That’s because I so rarely read new books. My to-read “shelf” is more of a to-read bookcase, plus I love used books. Which means I feel no need to get … Continue reading The 6 best books I read in 2018
Author Dani Shapiro is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. I find her feed peaceful and inspiring, a writer's feed that is intended for other writers. In the midst of her selfies shared with messages of calm and snapshots of family members, … Continue reading Poetric inspiration on Instagram
I'm one of those women who has had Christmas music on since early November, when the first of two local radio stations changed its format to 24/7 ho-ho-ho tunes. I'm basically a walking, dancing bundle of tinsel from Nov. 1 to Jan. 1 because (you … Continue reading Christmas’ 11 best songs
I've recently had two pieces in Offspring, Lifehacker's parenting section. Instead of Telling Your Kid There's No Santa, Let Them Become One I don’t remember the moment I stopped believing in Santa, but I remember the utterly perfect way my mom handled it when I … Continue reading How to talk to your kids about Santa & parents’ favorite books to read aloud