this secret garden

chapters 6 + 7: polaroids + character

a continuing project of reading and writing through Ann Lamott’s bird by bird chapter 6: polaroids- discovering what it is about something that compels you by staying with it long … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

chapter 5: school lunches

a continuing project of reading and writing through Ann Lamott’s bird by bird chapter 5: school lunches- a good place to start * * * I grew up in a … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

where the ladybugs go

Before Olive and I embarked on the climb uphill back to our place, we sat on a wrought iron bench along the sidewalk.  The sun was shining directly onto this … Continue reading

November 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

chapters 3 + 4: short assignments + shitty first drafts

a continuing project of reading and writing through Ann Lamott’s bird by bird chapter 3: short assignments- Take things bird by bird and lighten up; write whatever you can see … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

chapter 1: getting started

I began reading Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott a couple years ago but never finished.  A few weeks ago, a friend gifted me … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

lionel’s words of magic

It was the morning of Lionel’s very first day of Kindergarten, and he was scared.  Butterflies fluttered in his tummy, his legs felt wobbly like jello, and his heart beat … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

back from a long hiatus

www.mountcustard.blogspot.com

This morning I read blog entry after entry written by my husband’s cousin, laughing at the imagery of her younger son, Baloo, describing the how-to for playing Jonah and Big Fish, a game his father made up and crying  when her oldest son Custard waved goodbye to the kid who had told him he wasn’t his friend to explain why he wasn’t getting a goody bag.  when the day after praying forgiveness for someone

I’ve been writing in a journal on my commute from work

October 5, 2012 · 1 Comment