I had the name of this blog, long before I ever wrote that first post, about my kids driving me nuts. I chose Tales From the Motherland because at this stage in my life, everything I do or feel is in some way informed by my role as a mother. I am a mother first. It defines me as a friend, an aunt, a sister, a wife, a dog owner, and a woman. However, the three people who made me a mother are top priority.
For 27 years I’ve been the mother of three intelligent, adventurous and very opinionated children: My daughter- is a college grad, living in Israel. In August 2015 she gave birth to the light of my life, a little boy, who magnified my love and joy immeasurably. The fact that they live so far away, hurts my mother-heart, all the time. My oldest son- is a college grad, who lives and works about an hour away. It’s wonderful that we can see each other when we want to. My youngest son- just became a college senior in Colorado, where I love to visit.
I’m the wife of an equally challenging, opinionated neurosurgeon*; we’ve been married 30 years, together for 35. With foreign exchange students, nieces, nephews and siblings, who have all lived with us in the past five years, our nest only emptied in November 2016… we’re still figuring this new gig out.
I wanted a place to express myself… however I want, on the topics that interest me. No holds-barred. Straight up, with a twist… my twisted take on things. I gave birth to Tales From the Motherland in June 2011.
My Favorite Sayings: *It doesn’t take a brain surgeon; it takes a brain surgeon’s wife! and Education is wasted on youth.
My Space: I live in the NW corner of Washington state, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Interesting people and natural beauty abound. While I grew up in the Boston area, and will always connected, this is where I belong– where I’m anchored, where I’ve been happy to raise my kids and live. There isn’t a single day that passes, when I don’t feel grateful that I landed here. I’ve written a lot about it; check this post out, and see why.
What Makes Me Ticked: Diets; finding my Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream gone (see diets); mean people (on and off my blog); mosquitoes (is there an evolutionary reason for them?); stale tortilla chips (see diet); flat tonic in my grapefruit cocktail; cloudy skies during the Perseid meteor shower, and flight delays. That might be the short list.
Who Am I: I’m a natural red head, who’s never colored her hair, read this. I’m a writer, reader, hiker, painter, photographer, chatter box, yogi, and daydreamer. I’m moody, swear too much, prone to melt downs, and I have a heart that bleeds, openly and frequently. Here’s a prime example. I’m a survivor, but healing is a long process. I’m most at peace in wild places, where I can hear my thoughts and feel the Earth. I’m always happy in the forest, especially the deep, lush forests of the Pacific NW. I love getting above the tree line– even if I hate uphill climbs! However, I need to be near the sea. It’s my “natural habitat,” as my grandfather always told me.
The thing that truly drives me however, and has since I won a “Pulitzer Prize” in sixth grade, is writing. It’s with me every day, and every night– even if I lost track of that for a few years being a SAHM. It colors and sometimes defines how I see the world: how would I write this down? I see the world in words, and I am forever editing something that is being written, in my head. Even when I’m stuck, the words are waiting to be written.
My Goals: I want to be published. I want to have my writing read. I thought a blog would be a great place to start that effort, but it took me years to get here. I let procrastination, raising kids and filling my time with other things, get in the way of the writing. I like to think it gave me lots of material! I’m about 10+ years off my game plan, but I’ve got my mojo back and I’m stepping out. I’m shopping a work of fiction, and a memoir about our year as host parents to a Danish girl and a Chinese boy– as my mother entered Hospice.
My Work: I am a freelance writer and editor. My work has been featured extensively on Huffington Post, as well as in BlogHer, SheWrites, Today show online, Cascadia Weekly; Bucketlist Publications; SLAP’D (Surviving Life After A Parent’s Death- a site for young people who have lost a parent); The Whatcom Land Trust, and two of my stories were included in the anthology Tangerine Tango, Women Writers Share Slices of Life, available on Amazon, edited by Lisa Winkler (all proceeds go to Huntington’s Disease Society of America/HDSA). But Tales From the Motherland is my home.
What I’m Good At: I love to connect with people through my writing. To that end, the work I enjoy most is working with high school and college students on their admission’s essays. In that capacity I get to help young people find their own voices. I love the challenge of seeing them figure out what they really want to say, and then helping them say it in a way that will impress colleges. It’s great to do something I really enjoy, and I’m really good at. “My kids” have attended: Stanford (2), Northwestern Univ.; Quest College; Scripps; Univ. of Washington Honors Program, and UW; Mt. Holyoke College; Pomona; Western Washington University; Claremont McKenna; University of Portland, University of Denver;UCLA, Colorado College, Vassar, Harvard, and UBC.
I’m creative and good with concepts and ideas that help agencies express themselves. Need a catchy name or phrase? I’m your girl! To that end, I’ve worked with several in my community. Contact me if these things interest you.
I love working at Hospice, and I think my personal experience allow me to bring a unique energy to my role, that resonates with patients and their families. It is something that brings me enormous fulfillment and joy. Read more here.
And clearly, I’m good at wearing big fake fur hats!
What I Want From You: If you read my posts, feel free to give feedback, or share your thoughts… I may not always agree, but I always appreciate what my readers have to say. So leave a comment. I’m building a “platform;” if you haven’t already, visit these sites and hit Like/Follow: Twitter, Facebook Thanks!
There is more, but you can find that in my posts. Go check them out! Thanks for sharing the journey! For now, that’ll do pig.