Laura McHale Holland’s new web site is coming soon. You can view old posts on a variety of topics at http://lauramchaleholland.wordpress.com.
It’s the vernal equinox tomorrow, when night and day are approximately equal in length. I like the balance of that. And I like knowing it’s something ancestors of many ancient tribes now disbursed throughout the world, who never imagined such a thing as a blog, noted and celebrated well. I’m going to have coffee with Claire Blotter while listening to her read a few poems while looking out over the glistening San Francisco Bay. A good way to celebrate.
I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I’ve posted in this blog. I was scattered, lacking focus, trying to do too many things at once (how many of us are prone to that in today’s face-paced, tempting world where so many intriguing things open up to us with just a few clicks at the computer?) so I’ve needed to regroup. I’m still in the process of sorting out commitments, but maybe instead of being silent, I’ll share the regrouping process, messy as it may be. One thing I’m dropping is writing for examiner.com. It has a built-in audience, but it’s not the right fit for me. I often figure out if something is right for me by trying it out, but when it comes to online publications or ventures, jumping in to test the waters and then out if it doesn’t click for you might not be the right way to go because there’s this digital start-stop trail you leave behind. I think the thing is to pick a way to make connections online and stick with it to build momentum. Some of us are better at that than others, obviously.
Lynn Henriksen invited me to do a guest blog for her TellTale Souls blog. She posted it today at http://telltalesouls.com/blog/. Much of Lynn’s work centers on collecting stories about the mother/daughter relationship. And through her workshops (some of which are done in collaboration with Kate Farrell), she succeeds in creating a very safe, supportive place for daughters to explore their memories and write keepsake memoirs about their mothers. She has also collected a number of such stories for a book, which her agent is shopping to publishers now. So, when writing the guest blog, my thoughts naturally drifted toward my mother, who, unfortunately, committed suicide when I was very young.
Lynn’s blog, which she updated frequently, also has book reviews, contests and links to interesting resources.