Would you like to be featured as a Firefly Guest Blogger? Our guest bloggers receive more exposure for your writing. If you are looking for ways to position yourself as an expert in your niche, guest blogging is key. We are not able to provide compensation at this time, but this will be a great opportunity for contributors to receive exposure to a new audience across the web and all… Read More »We Are Accepting Summer 2021 Guest Posting Pitches
Subscription boxes, subscription television, even subscription groceries are all contributing to over-spending and clutter! This is the year to cut ties with subscription services and reclaim control of your money and space! Last year, 2020, we found ourselves housebound, bored, and subscriptions like Cratejoy, Disney+, Stitch Fix, BirchBox soared in popularity. It was fun to get boxes delivered with surprises inside that fulfilled our shopping addictions and gave us something… Read More »Why Cutting Ties With Subscriptions Is The Best Thing You Can Do in 2021
When I was a little girl, living in rural Tennessee, the story of the Bell Witch was as common as any story ever told. The Witch was real and so was her trail of death and terror. The haunting of the Bell family by the famed witch was both a story of how to treat your neighbors and a fairly amazing ghost story. Because the story of the Bell Witch… Read More »The Bell Witch
When the weather starts to turn up the heat, we like to turn up the flavor in our kitchen. I look for recipes full of color, fresh in-season fruits and veggies, and not a lot of cleanup. That’s why we chose these recipes for easy pescatarian cooking with lots of options for vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free meals. In the summer, I’m spending a lot of time out in the garden.… Read More »5 Easy Summer Pescatarian Recipes
Another Monday is here. I’m still in self-quarantine due to Covid-19 & my Lyme Disease and well because it’s better for the entire planet that we all stay home until it’s safe to go out again. So, I’m here, trying to gather some good thoughts and something awesome to share with all of you. I wanted to talk to you candidly, because I think that’s what we all need a… Read More »Thoughts on Covid-19 and staying home
I have a special friend who lives with Depression. There are days when I wake up wondering if he will still be alive when I go to check on him on Facebook. I know a few people with clinical depression. But he is the one that I watch the most.
Hey everyone, we are on week 2 of living with reduced social interaction or self-quarantining. I decided that it might be a good idea to keep a record of how things are going here and maybe share some stories of how others around the country are doing. I’ll be honest; today, it’s starting to get to me a little. It’s not staying home that’s bothering me, in fact, as an… Read More »Self-Quarantined- Week 2
Hey everyone, it’s Crysta, and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you and share some of my thoughts about what’s going on in the world and the Covid-19 threat. First of all, I want to thank each of you for taking the time to read my blog, for sharing your thoughts in the comments, for sharing the posts to your friends and families. It really means… Read More »A Word From DWF About The Virus and Life
When I talk about Dancing with Fireflies, I want to share the notion that you can chase your dreams, no matter how big or how small. But you must move forward in order to chase that dream. My dream was to become a writer. When I first began, I wasn’t sure exactly what sort of writer I would become, I simply knew that I love to write, tell stories, and… Read More »Take Your Next Best Step
When people ask us how we met, we always smile and usually we look at each other. I’m not sure why it’s just a reaction I guess. We used to be a little nervous about telling people we met in a chat room. Now sites like Match.com make finding a mate online common and acceptable. In the 90’s when we met, it was new territory and a little scary. The… Read More »+1 to Romance – How I Met My Husband
“I hate cooked carrots!” That’s what I hear many people say before trying my Sweet & Spicy caramelized carrots. After that my friends and family have all asked me for the recipe or to make them for another dinner we have together. The problem that most people have with cooked carrots is that they have had them boiled or not seasoned very well. But carrots can be very versatile. What… Read More »Zesty Caramelized Carrots – Sweet and Spicy Recipe
Hey everybody, it’s that time of year again. Many of us are going to holiday events and attending social events. For many people, the idea of going to these things can be hard. Most of the time you find that you don’t know most of the people at the event and it can be awkward. So we want to help you make the best out of those social engagements so… Read More »Surviving Social Engagements
I love a clean kitchen. But, if you are like me, the idea of scrubbing the kitchen from top to bottom feels like the worst job ever. But we have some easy tips to clean your kitchen and keep it clean. We share our daily routine for keeping the kitchen clean. Fun hacks to keep the grime away! Think like a Minimalist! Big or small, when your counters are filled… Read More »How To Clean Your Kitchen And Keep It Clean Daily
There are few seasons l like more than summer, but Fall is quickly starting feel like the place where I want to be. It’s growing on me, year after year I find something else that draws me into the embrace of Fall’s enchantment. Summer was my season. I love the warm lazy days, sleeping in late, and don’t forget the fireflies. Summer has it’s own vacation title, people go away… Read More »Falling for Fall
“A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.” ― Erma Bombeck Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
Take action today to simplify your life and your home! Today we have 100 ways you can easily simplify your life and your home. Baby steps anyone can do, and things that might be a challenge but will help you master the clutter! I know like myself, many of you have walked through your house and wondered how it has gotten so cluttered. I’m going to let you in on… Read More »100 Ways To Simplify Your Life and Home
Hey everyone! I can FEEL Fall is so close! Today I sat outside early this morning on the porch while the hose was soaking in the front flower beds. I wanted to take in some of that fresh fall air that was lightly scented with the crispness of freshly cut grass before heading up to my office. It didn’t help my blogging productivity at all! All I wanted to do… Read More »The Best Way To Season Cast Iron Pans
London Bound? We have some tips you need to have the best experience ever! We love London at any time of the year. But after a few trips, we have some tips you might not find in the travel guides. We know that you already have a list of sites to see. Big Ben, The Tower of London, even the Queen herself. But what you might not know is that… Read More »5 Things You Must Pack – London, England
Our farmhouse kitchen is the heart of our home and I think it might be our favorite place. I love making something creative and wholesome to feed to my family in this space. There are a few things in my kitchen that I LOVE so much and I’m excited to share with you! If you haven’t tried an Air Fryer yet, you are really missing out. We love ours so… Read More »Our Farmhouse Kitchen: Our Favorite Things
Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen: The heart of our home One of my favorite places in my house is definitely the kitchen. It’s the place where everyone gathers, and like most homes, it’s the heart. When we were designing this house, my goal was for the kitchen to be expandable and adaptable to our needs. So every part of this kitchen was designed with a purpose in mind. When the kids… Read More »The Farmhouse Kitchen: the heart of our home
Hands Off! No touching, please. Nope, I’m not a hugger or a casual cheek kisser. I don’t like it and I have my own reasons for setting down this boundary. I’m polite when I take a step back from the group body smashing. I smile and wave when I meet people and offer a “Hello” to offer my introduction instead of free access to my body. I am just one… Read More »I’m NOT a Hugger. And I’m still worth loving.
There are reasons for WHAT I do. I write because I feel I am.. a Writer. But WHY I walk towards that life is very different. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) “When you know your ‘Why’, your ‘What’ has more impact, because you’re walking in or towards your… Read More »Why I Write
As a child, I was bullied not only by children, but by adults. I was different because I had a very traumatic home life. This is part of my story. Every year children take their own lives, I hear their names and I cringe because I know their pain. I almost took my life several times as a young child and I share my story now so parents and educators… Read More »She didn’t know… ( My story about being bullied almost to death.)
“When you know your ‘Why’, your ‘What’ has more impact, because you’re walking in or towards your purpose.” – Michael Jr. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) There are reasons for WHAT I do. I write because I feel I am… a Writer. But WHY I walk towards that… Read More »Why Talk About Your Challenges?
Dancing With Fireflies is looking for writers to contribute articles to our blog. Would you like to be featured as a Firefly Guest Blogger? Our guest bloggers receive more exposure for your writing. If you are looking for ways to position yourself as an expert in your niche, guest blogging is key. We are not able to provide compensation at this time, but this will be a great opportunity for… Read More »Guest Bloggers! We Want You!
We all love aromatherapy. Filling our homes with calming scents, helping to battle the cold and flu season, and the lovely uplifting scents of citrus, aromatherapy is wonderful. But what isn’t so great is the fact that most oil diffusers are made with plastic. And if yours is made with plastic, unplug it immediately because it can be toxic! (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link… Read More »Warning: Aromatherapy Diffusers Can Be Toxic
I am the bearer of guilt. Not just growing up guilt that we are all given as children, but the guilt I gave to myself. I don’t believe that self-guilt is primarily a woman’s affliction. Women are the loudest about their burdens. We like to talk about them, regret things, and ponder them out loud for discussion. While men tend to clam up and silently carry around their guilt. However,… Read More »5 Things You Should Forgive Yourself For, but probaly wont.
Gram gave me a chicken, brownish red and too gentle to eat. She said it would be my friend if I took care of her, talked to her in a gentle voice and kept her safe from the dog.
I found this letter that I’d written to myself many years ago. It broke my heart to see that I was in that place. I think we all have these moments when we feel like everything we tried to do wasn’t right at all. That girl so many years ago, alone and struggling to be a single mother and raising two little boys, she was so strong and never had… Read More »Confessions from a bad mother.
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) When you open my kitchen cabinets you might not find what you would expect. There are plastic plates, colorful sippy cups, funny chopsticks, all things that you might find in a house with toddlers. Except our toddlers have all grown up. So why… Read More »Never Too Old To Find Your Spark
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Spring is here, Earth Day right around the corner. We are back in Maryland this spring, building our dream house. I ache to get in the garden, to start creating something new and to watch it blossom into something beautiful. Winter is difficult… Read More »The Arrival of the Red Cardinal
Hey everyone, I just wanted to say I’m SORRY! So, we have some big things happening here with Dancing With Fireflies… starting with a new theme, new setups, and….. a store! Yep, we are setting up a store. I am going to be honest, this thing started off as a little idea and a few days ago it got insane. So while I learn how to work with a new… Read More »What is going on??
(This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Making time for tea is not only improving our mindfulness and relationships, but it is also working to bring our bodies into a better state of health. White tea has so many excellent health benefits that it’s our first focus tea in our… Read More »5 Astonishing Facts About White Tea
In our last post, we talked about ways to live a happier life, one of those things we suggested was to look at the relationships in your life and nurture them. But what about the ones that make you UN-happy? Now we want to share 5 types of people that you need to get rid of on your mission to joy. We love Marie Kondo. She’s freaking everywhere and… Read More »5 People To Purge With The KonMari Method
“Where and then feast have we sat together but to build and pray. Have words smelled of color that wrap in winters breath as we lie in tranquill. When, in the peace of time, does the sound breathe. Together, lost in love and patience…..”
~ Lance Kassle November ’04
The world lost an amazing artist of words this week.
It’s coming up fast! Our new house has a 2nd floor now, and it’s starting to feel more like a house! The decision to move back East after living in Seattle has mixed emotions. I loved the mild winters, the beautiful summers, and the scenery. Seattle will always have a special place in my heart. However, our friends and family back in Baltimore drew us back in. Every year we… Read More »New House Update: We have a 2nd floor!
We have been out to the house, taking photos and dreaming dreams. It’s a lot of fun watching this come up. We now have the 1st floor! The weather is getting colder, the rain pushed things out. But finally, they were able to get our first floor up. It’s starting to feel more like a house and less like a weird hole on the property. We are starting to see… Read More »New House Update: 1st floor!
Dark green, grassy, and just a hint of something familiar, we gave CannaTrust’s Hemp Extracts a try this week, and we learned so much about hemp and whole plant extracts. Thanks to CannaTrust for sending us their dietary supplements for us to review for you! What is Hemp Extract? Hemp extract is made from agricultural hemp. The extract is made from the seeds and stalks from the hemp plant. It… Read More »Hemp Happy Smoothies
Sometimes I’m no good at writing poems. I tend to lie about what seems to rhyme. Sometimes I am just terrible and can’t find the words I have a mean temper when writing poetry. What does that say about me? that poems seem so hard? Sometimes I’m no good at being a Poet. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I wrote this poem back in 2014 as part of a… Read More »Mindfulness Monday -No Good
It’s bitter cold. I just moved back to an old place and I’m trying to find my place. Today, I am anxious about building a new house. And I have this stupid heart monitor that I have to wear for the next 25 days. This is uncomfortable!!! Life is made up of millions of moments. Each day we are filled with so many opportunities to have both good and bad… Read More »Mindful Monday:Being Uncomfortable
The foundation has been laid and we have a basement! Watching the new house grow has been very exciting. It’s like laying down the seeds in a new garden and watching anxiously for the first blooms. I think the hardest part has been waiting for things to start moving. It seemed like once we made the move, we hoped everything would move along and we would see things coming up… Read More »The Foundation – New House Updates
What’s new in 2019 for us? WE ARE BUILDING A HOUSE! This is the year that we stop daydreaming about building a farmhouse in the country and actually bought the land and started building. There was so much to do to get ready for this big adventure. And I HATE packing and moving. But when we get to move into our new place, I know it will all be… Read More »Our BIG 2019 Project- A New House!
Today has been an interesting day. Not one that I expected, and for various reasons I am glad. I want to tell you a story, about my day. I’ve been ill. Maybe it’s the Lyme, maybe it’s the weather or getting older, I don’t know. But I’ve felt awful for the last week or so. More than that, I’ve been preoccupied with how I feel. I feel old, my… Read More »A Rare Opportunity – Lessons From Our Ancestors
It takes real effort not to participate in Christmas, I know.. I’ve actually tried for years. But the truth is, much like other holidays you don’t have to follow a certain religion to be a part of it. You simply have to let go and be ready to be happy. As a child and most of my adult life, I have not just disliked Christmas, I have used the word… Read More »Christmas is for Everyone, even you. – Written by an Ex-Christmas Hater
The Winter Solstice is here. The Long Night is upon us. This year it came with rain and time to reflect upon the recent changes. When it rains, I look out through my windows as the world around me seems to change just a bit. My mind drifts to how things have changed this year and to some of the solstices of the past. The air’s subtle change… Read More »Rainy Winter Solstice
Being able to hold space for someone else means that you know you are able to be the calm in the room, knowing that things might get ugly and accepting that moment. Holding space doesn’t mean you have to be quiet.
Love and pain, beautiful and heartbreaking. Truth. These are dancing words. Poet Neil Hilborn shared his emotional dance with the world. Now around the world people are nodding their heads with tears and cheers for his piece about living and loving with OCD. Neil Hilborn performed ‘OCD’ in June during the individual finals at the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. I haven’t been a fan of poetry, but this piece… Read More »Poet Neil Hilborn “OCD”
I knew something was different that day. I wasn’t sure what it was, perhaps the weather was about to change again, perhaps there would be snow. Yes, that would be a welcome change from this hot and sticky air. All day I went to the window and looked out and waited for the dark skies to come and bring the fantastic feathers of cold down and soon the green sticky… Read More »Perhaps today will snow
Wrapped up in baby goodness, playgroups, and glitter, Mommies everywhere are reading the Mommy blogs and trying to absorb every ounce of useful information. “How to make my baby sleep all night” and “Will my toddler ever stop picking his nose” are key topics in those Mommy blogs. Those blogs aren’t for everyone. They are for a very select group and that time doesn’t last. Children grow up, turn to… Read More »I know what you don’t want to think about yet
When I was little, I loved Snoopy and Charlie Brown. I looked forward to the holiday traditions of watching Snoopy and the gang remind us of the importance of being kind, looking out for each other, and the true meanings of the holidays. Sadly this year I didn’t want to watch The Great Pumpkin. Maybe it was because our children have all become too grown-up or too busy… Read More »Childhood Memories – The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Fall is here, and for many of us, the cold weather is drawing us into our homes to settle down and try to warm up. I love ending the day in my favorite comfy pajamas and crawling into my bed to settle in and relax. I’ll admit it; I like to be in my bedroom by seven each night for my nightly routine. So my bedroom needs to be a… Read More »5 Tips to Make the Bedroom More Relaxing
God, I really hate selfies. I hate taking them. I don’t mind looking at them once in a while, but if you post more than one selfie a week, you need to stop, really.. just freaking stop. I actually don’t really even like having my photo taken. I am ridiculously un-photogenic. I mean I can dress nice, stand how I am supposed to stand, think I look kind of cute.… Read More »Selfies
The last few months have been pretty stressful for me as we prepare to move across the country and build a new house. For various reasons I often feel like I forget how to relax and trust that it will be ok. I allow conflict and complication to come into my life. Now I can say that I didn’t set out to look for crazy people to wander into my… Read More »Holding On To Your Happy Place
I’ll admit it. I love yoga, really. I love the music, the movement, and especially the nap at the end. I actually enjoy getting into that meditative place and finding comfort in the pain as I stretch out tired muscles and move forward to the next pose. Yoga is incredibly therapeutic. Many mornings I will get up earlier than the rest of the family and go out to the… Read More »My Truth about Yoga
It’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, our time for renewal and reflection. And I need this, badly. I’ve been struggling with things I’ve held on to for too long, and this New Year, I am ready to let go. This year was hard for me personally, and now I am faced with a new year full of changes, and challenges and I don’t want to head into it with… Read More »Rosh Hashanah – Looking Towards A Better New Year
“What’s the worst thing that can happen to you with this disease?” she asked me on our first meeting?
Looking back, she was asking a different question. She honestly had no idea what Lyme disease was and was asking for clarification. But I heard the one I needed to hear. I heard a challenge.
Dosie.Rose – a shout out to the kids with chubby cheeks and big noses, with crooked or chipped teeth and chapped lips
I read this post this morning and it brought me to tears. This is such a brave, beautiful girl, reaching out to the world and daring them to think differently. (I can’t figure out my feelings for this picture) ✨ shout out to the kids with chubby cheeks and big noses, with crooked or chipped teeth and chapped lips, with round faces and long necks, small and thin lips and… Read More »Dosie.Rose – a shout out to the kids with chubby cheeks and big noses, with crooked or chipped teeth and chapped lips
This week Dancing with Fireflies was on the road again. I have always loved spending time out in the desert; Las Vegas was a regular get-away when I was a kid. This week I came out here again to get my creative juices flowing with new scenery and climate. I used to come and visit my Dad when I was little when he worked in the hotels. I loved coming… Read More »The Good and Bad of Las Vegas
Zen Garden Cairns from: Buddha Groove This week we have guest blogger Jackie Waters from Hyper-Tidy.com to share what she has learned over more than a decade of striving for cleanliness and sustainability and how you can easy pain without drugs. If you like this post, make sure you check out her blog and let us know what you think in the comments. Easy Tips To Ease Chronic Pain… Read More »Easy Tips To Ease Chronic Pain
This week’s article is a guest blog post written by the fun people at Flowers Across Sydney. They are an Australian based florist offering flower delivery right across the suburbs of Sydney. I hope you enjoy it! ~ Crysta 6 Flowers You Can Use to Spice up Your Cooking When it comes to cooking, most people in the West associate flowers with garnishes; as something that adds a little… Read More »6 Flowers You Can Use to Spice up Your Cooking
Dear Woman In The Mirror, When I saw you looking at me with tired eyes and frazzled hair the other day in the airport mirror I felt bad for you. And I am sorry for that. I looked away so I didn’t have to keep looking and judging. You see when I first saw you, I appraised you harshly, critiqued the lines on your face, pale color, and the… Read More »Dear Woman In The Mirror,
It’s 5:30 am here in London and it’s my birthday. I’ve been awake for a while thinking about the last many years of my life and how I am so thankful for the way my life has turned out. I have all I need, more than I knew I ever wanted, and here in the middle of the night when everyone else is sleeping… all I kinda want right now… Read More »Water For My Birthday
This weekend we headed out to Portland, Oregon. Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary, and this was the best thing I could think of. Food, a get-away, and… geeking out at Heroes and Villains Fest! This weekend the weather was unusually warm for January and perfect for getting out and walking around the city. And boy did we do some walking! A mini-vacay I’ve been to Portland a few times,… Read More »Geeking Out in Portland
When the rain comes down in Seattle, I daydream of heading back to the warm sun, white sandy beaches, and tropical feel of Aruba. Located in the Netherlands Antilles, this is one of my favorite beach spots. The adorable little shops mingle with the expensive shopping hot spots. Aruba has something for everyone, if you can afford it. Aruba is can be a bit pricey. The hotels and food don’t… Read More »Aruba!
The first night of Hanukkah 2017 has come and gone. In our family we exchange the gifts on the first night and take the rest of the week to enjoy family time and doing things together. Our children are mostly grown and off on their own, so it isn’t as big as it was when they were little. But I want to tell you about a special gift I received… Read More »My Awesome Hanukkah Gift
2 years ago my Dad died suddenly and without warning. I found out on Facebook. He was a storyteller, a dreamer, and most of all a quiet man who loved animals. My favorite story my Dad told me- About 10 years ago Nevada was in a bad drought. There just wasn’t any rain and the coyotes out in the desert were dying. My Dad loved the coyotes, and he couldn’t… Read More »The Best Story My Dad Ever Told
I’ve been taking a blog break. It was all about me; I needed to slow down and put some things in perspective. I struggle with writing when my head is clouded with emotions. As a writer, most of what I put into my blog is somehow connected to who I am personally. From food cravings to holidays, I write about what I know. And what I knew was that I… Read More »Why I took a blogging break
I came to a point in my life recently where I realized that I’ve been living life inside the Comfort Zone. And I’m done with it. I’m taking new risks, making changes, and challenging myself to stop hiding in the comforts of safe places. Exposure I’ve always been an introvert. The idea of being in the spotlight was enough to make me turn and run. Yet I am also a… Read More »Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone
They call me “The Bitch” sometimes lovingly… sometimes not so much. My friend said “I don’t understand you. You are the strongest person I know and nothing bothers you. You are the Bitch of our friends.” Sometimes it bothers me. Other times she’s right. My brother used to say that if you don’t have high standards that you believe in and live by, then the rest of the world will walk over the… Read More »They Call Me “The Bitch”
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via Instagram http://ift.tt/2gUhIqv We went out to Seattle to see the Groupon Bite event. There were about 100 vendors giving away samples, selling food, selling cool things. Like these ladies from Quorn! For vegetarians, Quorn is fun fast food, like nuggets and fillets. We’ve enjoyed it for years. I love how instantly adorable they both were when I say to smile for the camera. Say “veggie Cheese!” Click to rate… Read More »I love the gals at Quorn here at the Taste event. They were cool and the sample was amaaaazing!
So much history London has a special energy. It is older, wiser, sophisticated, and yet it keeps up with the times. The beautiful city grew from a little village called Londinium, founded by the Romans in 42 AD along the Thames River. Today it is one of the great cultural centers of the world. The largest city in the UK, London is a busy place with so much to see… Read More »5 Things You Must See While in London
I should tell you what exactly the 9’s are. The 9’s are 19,29,39,49 ect… that year before the big change in your life. That year when you try to wrap it all up and make it look like the last 9 years you spent doing something lasting and memorable, those are the 9’s.
via Instagram http://ift.tt/2rjKQeu If you are a Brandi Carlile fan like I am, this is also a special fan treat. The food is amazing! Try the grilled carrots! 🥕 You can find this and other photos that we love to share on Instagram! Follow us there and let us know you are a Firefly reader and we will be sure to follow you back! #foodblogger @brandicarlile #carlileroomseattle #wheretogoseattle #enjoylife Click… Read More »One of my Favorite restaurants in Seattle is The Carlile Room.
This week I am flying Alaska Airlines. It is a little different from my normal Southwest routine. The flights aren’t much different in cost, so I wanted to give it a try. But I did notice a few key differences than could possibly help you to make a better choice between Alaska and Southwest for your next flight.
via Instagram http://ift.tt/2rpyf9S So smooth! We gave this award winning blend a try at Glass and Bottle’s wine tasting today. #wine🍷 @glassandbottle_ #snoqualmie #foodblogger #goodlife This post comes to you from our Instagram Account. Follow us for more up to date fun check ins and great photos. Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
Broccoli, corn, and BBQ sauce are my favorite crazy toppings for pizza. What are yours? #foodblogger
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Why a Tom Douglas restaurant? I am a big Tom Douglas fan. In fact, I think he might be one of my favorite local Chefs. I love listening to his weekly podcast and I LOVE The Carlile Room also in Seattle. So when a friend of ours came into town and asked for suggestions for a good seafood place, I had to suggest Etta’s.
I love Thai food. The complex combinations of tart, savory, and spice are marvelous and I could eat Thai food every day. Being a Pescatarian – a vegetarian who eats fish occasionally, Thai is an easy place to dine. Most Thai restaurants will make your dishes vegetarian with tofu easily upon request.
There are a lot of blogs out there. Mommy blogs, Review blogs, make-up and photography blogs pop up every day. Some make it, some have great content and gain readers. Some don’t.. the writer gets bored and eventually walks away. I love to write, I always have. It was a great way to cope with life and stress. I loved writing in diaries and little notebooks. All were filled with notes about life as I saw it.
We flew home last night from Ft. Lauderdale after an exciting and fun filled cruise to the Caribbean. But the flight home was both terrifying and long. We left sunny Florida and thought we’d get home and get unpacked and ready to jump back to work. Not so much. Note: The Ft. Lauderdale airport feels like it doesn’t even belong in the US. It is old, dirty, and apparently waiting… Read More »I’m Exhausted!
These days, knowing how much isn’t even the real problem. Who carries cash anymore if they are in an area that widely accepts credit cards? If you do have cash, is it enough to cover a whole day’s worth of eating out or going to a spa? What if your car breaks down?
There have been times that I truly wish could have lingered on a little longer. Moments when I knew this was one of the best moments of my life and I wanted to hold on to them. Sometimes in daydreams I go back in time, trying to feel that specialness again. They sit on the protected shelves in the halls of my memories and from time to time I take… Read More »Let it Linger
I will not bash those who voted for him. But I will not ever call him my President.
I stand with my Muslim friends and family. I will hold their hands, celebrate their joy, understand their fears and I will defend their rights with all that I have. This isn’t right.
I stand with my LGBTQ friends and family, I will hold their hands, love their families, and I will defend their rights with all that I have. This isn’t right.
Our family used to be the typical get up at dawn, grab donuts and stand in line in front of the department store kind of gang every Black Friday. We would load up in the minivan with the kids still full from the Thanksgiving feast, bundled up against the chilly November air and set off at 7 a.m. I would always have my first eggnog of the season and… Read More »Being an empty-nest parent changed my Black Friday traditions
When I close my eyes there is a brief second that I can almost feel you. So I close my eyes often, hoping that if I do it enough there will be a whole minute in the day when I don’t feel this thing that I do now. People walking by might thing I am sleepy and need a moment to rest my eyes, they can’t know that I am… Read More »Lost
This week here in the US we are faced with the news that yet again one of our candidates for Presidency, Donald Trump, is not only a racist, a liar, and morally corrupt but he is also so insecure that he attacks and devalues women. Mr. Trump’s vile verbal attacks on women have been ignored, laughed about, and even supported. This week a audio clip of Mr. Trump and his… Read More »My Harassment Story
Recently I ended a longtime friendship. It hurt, it felt like I was giving up on a part of my life that even as hard as I tried, no matter as much as I wanted it, it was just broken. I wanted to fix it so badly that I was always willing to give my own happiness in order to keep it. That’s not friendship, it’s obsession. Our relationship was… Read More »Treat Her Better
“I was originally supposed to become an engineer but the thought of having to expend my creative energy on things that make practical everyday life even more refined, with a loathsome capital gain as the goal, was unbearable to me.” ― Albert Einstein, The Ultimate Quotable Einstein Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
I love cooking a big Sunday meal for everyone. Growing up Southern, Sundays meant getting up early and heading to church. Then we’d head home and my Gram would make an early dinner. Usually those meals were her chicken fried steak, greens, potatoes, biscuits, and if I was lucky she’d make my favorite fried apple hand pies. But in my household now, most of us are vegetarians and I… Read More »Weekend Recipe- Broccoli Tortellini
I wrote this a few years ago after my best friend and “brother” died. I just didn’t know how I was going to get through this horrible feeling called grief. I took to writing as a way of getting all of those emotions out of my head and setting them free. What I learned was that there are so many people out there trying to figure out how to cope… Read More »Tuesday
Yesterday I went back to physical therapy for my foot. I tore one of the tendons in my foot last year and I’ve been trying to get this thing fixed for a while. I’ve had shots in my feet and nothing was working. So for the last 7 weeks I’ve been going to PT to get it stretched and healed properly. Yesterday she said that she things I need to… Read More »Off my Feet
Today I am at the Neurologist talking to her about my tremors and headaches. One of the most nerves racking parts of every doctor appointment is the waiting. Part nervousness, part fear or anxiety, and even a little boredom play into the frustration. I’ve been sitting here in the patient room now for 45 minutes and still no doctor. But I’ve read every poster or pamphlet in the room at… Read More »Lyme and my Brain
We are flying back from Baltimore with my oldest son’s two cats. Traveling with felines is a little different from my usual light travel load. One of them has already calmed right down and is napping. But Marley is watching everything. Going through security was so far, the biggest fuss. The cats had to come out of their carriers and be held through the security scans. They weren’t too fond… Read More »On Board with Cats
Dear people who pretend to be your friend and then talk shit about you on Facebook, Wow, what a world we have turned into. People walk around spewing crap and pretending that they know what they are talking about all the while smiling and pretending they are your good friends. How good it must make you feel to slam your friends in a public forum to get someone upset and… Read More »Dear people who pretend to be your friend and then talk shit about you on Facebook,
While on vacation in Florida, I happened to spy one of my new sponsors, Pura Vida, in one of the little boutique stores. I had to take a couple photos to show you. Every Pura Vida Bracelet is carefully handcrafted by artisans in Costa Rica. The commitment to their craft is conveyed through the quality of their work. The artisan’s dedication to the “pura vida” way of life is demonstrated… Read More »Look what I saw while on vacay!
So I’ve been Gluten Free and Dairy Free for just about a month. The first couple of weeks were HARD. I won’t lie and say that it’s fun or I found great food. Because I have really struggled. Anyone who has ever had gluten-free bread knows that it’s like eating thick cardboard. It is dense, tasteless, and really no fun. But I’m learning how to navigate my way through being gluten AND… Read More »Gluten Free At Disneyworld
I recently gave up hating my body. I stopped calling myself names and I am loving my body . For far too long, I was my own worst critic. I said things to myself that I wouldn’t say to anyone else, but I am done with that now and am learning to love my body just the way it is. More: I was a teen scheduled for an abortion — instead I kept… Read More »Embracing my body means loving all of it
Ready… set… go! That’s sort of how I feel right now. I took some time off to put my head together after some recent moments in my personal life that just seemed to be sucking up my thoughts. But in the back of my head, I just felt like I just wanted to get back to work, back here to my blog, and get out of the moment.… Read More »Ready… Set… Move On!
I wrote this August 5th 2015… after being told AGAIN that my mother was on her deathbed. She had a habit of “dying” and after a few years of going through hell with the emotional roller coaster, I stopped getting on the ride. It took me a while to stop looking back to see if I had done the right thing and a lot of tears when I wasn’t… Read More »Making peace and saying good-bye
A few years ago, my best friend and brother died tragically in an accident. I struggled to figure out how I was going to make it through such a terrible event in my life and I turned to writing as an outlet. Writing, art, music, all are healing and really helped me to leg go for a while and slip into my thoughts without them taking over my life. Grief is hard, it is… Read More »3 – looking at grief in moments of 3.
I’m not sure if it is because I am a creative person or perhaps growing up religious opens my mind up to the possibilities, but I believe in the Afterlife. I am a spiritual person. I always have been. I believe in spirits, Angels, lives before this one, and Karma. I have a fondness for the teachings of Wiccans, Jewish Kabbalah, and even a brief understanding of several… Read More »Thoughts About The Afterlife
Let Kids Be KIDS! It’s hard enough for them to figure out who they are without adults assigning labels for them. There is a trend right now to prove how much you support homosexuality. I fully agree, there’s nothing wrong with being supportive. I’ve raised 5 of my own children and I love WHO each of them have become. It never mattered to me if they were gay, straight,… Read More »Stop labeling your kids!
It’s alright to acknowledge life has hit a traffic jam. Accept it for what it is, refocus on where you want to go, and either ride it out OR plot a new route. You don’t have to try too hard to find your focus.
Featured on BlogHer.com. You’ve set up your blog, picked out colors, wrote the About Me section, and you have started writing your blog in hopes of taking your writing from a simple hobby to something more. But bloggers often overlook one of the most important pages you will write, your media kit. This basic page is the first thing you will want to show off, send out to sponsors, and… Read More »Why You Need a Media Kit and How to Make One
Why Blog anyways? There are so many reasons that people are choosing to become bloggers. There are just as many types of blogs out there as there are bloggers. From the Mommy bloggers to the Photo journalists, everyone is looking to carve out a place on the internet as their own. Blogging can be a great way to help a small business gain a reputation. I blog about what’s new,… Read More »Ready to start a blog?
It’s been a hard few months. I am struggling to find my spark right now. 🙁 I lost my Dad in December, suddenly in the middle of the night due to a heart attack. I found out over Facebook that he’d passed and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. I grieved for the loss of my father, but really I grieved for the idea. I loved him. He loved… Read More »Bad Days – Taking Time In the Dark
The tears are fresh, still lingering just under my lids. I can’t believe she’s gone. She was just here, just snuggled up warm under the sheets with me, how can she be dead? Last night my sweet kitty woke us up screaming in pain. She came into my bed, told me something terrible was happening to her and she needed help. After rushing her to the emergency vet, we were… Read More »Letting Go – When Pets Die
As bloggers, we get excited about the things we write and all too often we rush to hit publish before we are really ready to go. Before you publish your next blog post, make sure you’ve done these 5 things to ensure your blog is successful! Proofraed Proofread! It never fails, I read my work, even hit spellcheck, and it isn’t until I read it on my blog that I… Read More »Don’t Press Publish Unless You Do These 5 Things
Here’s the Wow story of the day. Fellow blogger, Victoria has a new blog about her life and this amazing adventure she’s on. At first I was pretty sure she was going to say she and her husband were trust fund babies living the hippie life, however read til the end to see how I was surprised. Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
Many of us start our blogs as diaries, a place carved out on the web for our dreams, thoughts, sometimes rants, and a few crazy memes. These blogs are created by the hour, last for a while, and usually die in a year or so. However the blogs need focus, and a purpose. You won’t create a blog that people want to keep reading if your readers can’t pinpoint what… Read More »Changing Focus and Gaining Strength as a Blogger
Recently one of my freelance posts for SheKnows got a lot of attention and was picked up by Yahoo. The blog post was a personal topic, Teen Pregnancy, and something I know a lot about. The post was in response to a request for articles writing about how some women struggle with Motherhood in time for the Mother’s Day holiday. When I was first notified that it was doing very… Read More »Thoughts about Negativity & Comments
Today I felt a bit of my soul dent. I actually felt this cold, sad, hit to my heart as I read the words, RIP Prince. I sat there. I took a deep breath and I silently said “Please let this be a hoax.” No, I didn’t know him. But in a way I did. In a way Prince knew exactly the right thing to say when I needed… Read More »Why Prince’s Death Sucks
Since making Twitter a part of my blogging routine, I have found that it is one of the most important things I do in my work week. Not only am I able to connect with other bloggers and see what they are writing, I am able to connect with readers on a personal level. I want to know them, and I love that I can be myself on Twitter as well.
Before I head out on a new travel adventure, I like to look through the travel guides to see what recommendations I should make sure are on my list of MUST DO’s. They are usually a great way to make sure you can fill your itinerary with local highlights. I love being a tourist and seeing the treasures of a town as well as an explorer and discovering local favorites… Read More »My Travel Guide Didn’t Say THAT!
Spring time means babies! I love everything about babies. From their tiny toes to their squishy bellies. I am a baby addict. Just on my block, actually across the street from each other, two mothers have newborns. It is so hard watching all of the new babies and not wishing I had one of my own. Even though at this point in my life I am closer to grandchildren than… Read More »Babies Everywhere
My husband and I took a quick trip down to California for the weekend. It was great to get away for a bit, explore Berkley with my friends, and really relax. So now I am sitting at the airport waiting for my flight back to Seattle. The Oakland airport is under construction and the security is a bit chaotic. But you can get through here pretty quickly. One of the… Read More »Weekend Vacation – Berkley,California
Kauai, HI is one of my favorite places on the planet. It is peaceful and exotic. Every day is a new adventure on Kauai. The “Garden Isle” is fourth largest island but only has 62,640 people living on it. To keep the beauty of the island focused on the island, you won’t ever see the tall skyscrapers of the big city on Kauai. The Kauai’s Building Code dictates that “no building shall be taller than a Coconut Palm”… Read More »Kauai, HI, United States
16… I believed him when he said he loved me. Believed that word meant something powerful and important. The way he cupped my face, held me there so I wouldn’t back away, kissed me as if he needed that kiss to save him. My heart beat so hard in my chest, made my blood rush with pulses of electricity in my veins as he looked down at me with those… Read More »16
I love the passion of our younger generation, the Millennials, express when they see each other going against what they believe in. In a letter addressed to another blogger, Angry16, tries to explain the dangers of adopting titles for attention. The blogger, Non-Binary Girl, has outraged her fellow teens by claiming to be part of not only gender issues, but social minorities, religious minorities, and now having mental illnesses that… Read More »Brave Millennials Speak Up
I really want to thank everyone who has taken the time from your busy lives to read and be a part of this blog. I always feel so blessed when I see your comments and know you are still out there. Some of you have connected already through Facebook and I love seeing your names pop up. We have some great conversations. Dancing with Fireflies is also on Facebook. There we have… Read More »Interact with us on Facebook!
“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” ― Maya Angelou I’ve been staring at it for a while. I start to move, I start to change things, and I freeze. I can feel where I think it should go, feel the desire to make the change, and then I hold my… Read More »Taking Flight
When you cross the 40-year line, there are certain expectations that you put on yourself. These are things that you forgave yourself for not being so good at when you were in your 20s, or maybe even your 30s. I thought “40 years old” was a finishing line, the place that marks when you are a “mature adult” — when you have all of your beans together. I had some… Read More »7 Things I thought I’d be better at by the time I was 40
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a… Read More »Holiday cheer is what you make of it.
Holiday Expectations Really Get Me Down What you’re most expecting doesn’t happen until you’re least expecting it. I was so certain I’d have those cowgirl boots under the Christmas tree that year. After all, I’d wanted them really badly last year, I’d made that clear to Santa and my parents and whomever else might have been listening, and they hadn’t appeared. So I’d been extra special good the whole next… Read More »Guest Blogger- Jann Alexander “Holiday Expectations”
No matter who we are, our life choices, or the number of people we are surrounded by, all of us want to know that we are not alone. We want people in our lives that know us for who we really are and love us in spite of knowing. We call those people family. It used to be that you were bound together first by blood, then by clan, and… Read More »Family by Choice
There is something powerful and so beautiful about this captivating story. I don’t even know how to put into words my feelings about this story. Wow. Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
Dear Wife of my Ex, I am supposed to hate you. You are my replacement. The woman he loves, the one that swept in and made him feel all better. You get to go to bed with him every night, wake up every morning with my High School “True Love” boyfriend. And I am supposed to have this grudge engraved with your name on it for the rest of my… Read More »Dear Wife of my Ex; I Don’t Hate You
This is a beautifully written piece that we, as writers, can all understand. When is the right time to tell the story? Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
I’ve been trying to put together thoughts about the recent bursts of tragedies. But it’s hard when day after day there is another attack, another tragic and pointless event happening not only around the world but here in America. It’s hard to even form a decent thought that isn’t full of anger, heartbreak, and truthfully fear. I fear for my children when I am not with them. I fear for… Read More »Prayers for Peace
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I'm a mother of five kids who somehow all managed to make it through infancy, toddlerhood, tweens, teens and some even into their 20s. I know firsthand that if there are rules to break, you will at some point break them before they leave the nest. Before becoming a mother, I had the list of rules that I would never break as a parent. Things that I swore I would do differently than my own upbringing went on that list.
I swore I'd never send my child to bed without dinner. I'd never scream at them. I'd never raise a hand to them. I'd be nice all of the time. However, the reality is that there are moments when those rules bend. My children, four boys and finally a little girl, were not angels. In fact, each of them challenged not only my parenting, but my sanity.
“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings” ― John Gillespie Magee Jr. Related articles The Hight Flight of John Gillespie (staypoetic.com) High Flight (seanjreeves.wordpress.com) Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
I don’t feel like writing today. Well, not really. I am really tired. I’ve been traveling, for many it would be a nice long weekend trip, then back to work feeling relaxed. However traveling for me, and others with a chronic illness like Lyme disease, means that at some point I am going to crash. I don’t argue with my body. I know that even though I would like… Read More »Crashing and fighting back
I’ve seen dozens of doctors. Neurologist, Endocrinologists, Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, Gynecologists, and more. And it never fails to scare the hell out of me before I get in the door. When I was a kid I was terrified of doctors. I had all out screaming fits when it came time for shots. I would get so scared that I would shake until I threw up. This wasn’t the best way to… Read More »I don’t want to go!
The Raven “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door — Only this, and nothing more.” Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,… Read More »The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe
Change is never easy. I’m one of those people who both love and hate change. I love the possibilities, encourage change, and I can see that moving forward would really do amazing things for this blog’s future and my writing career. But now moving forward, it is also scary to think of having to start something new, build new followers, the unknown. WordPress was my first blog platform. No, LiveJournal… Read More »The Future of DWF
When he was little he wouldn’t hold my hand. He would instead walk a few steps in front of me. His bright ocean blue eyes seemed to dare danger to come his way. He was the leader and even then, my protector. He was the one on the playground that announced the game they would play, usually pirates, and all of the children younger and older would follow his command. High… Read More »The boy with the Pirate smile
I loved passing by her bedroom in the mornings, she was always immersed in a magical world of her own creating. Her friends would be ready for tea, packed for a vacation, or settled down for a story time, just where she placed them. Silly bear, quacking duck, and baby Ben the weird baby doll that had been given to her by the neighbor child across the street, all were… Read More »Teaparties
It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons. ~ Friedrich von Schiller. One of my boys, Harry, is getting married in a few weeks. And even though this isn’t shocking news, it is something that leaves me conflicted and thoughtful. How is it possible that in just a few short weeks, one of my boys will be standing in front of friends and family… Read More »Mother of the Groom
“I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn’t exist.” ― Berkeley Breathed Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
You try to walk away, and yet the screams and mocking follow you up the stairs. You find yourself so alone when you sit there on your bed. This isn’t what you wanted.. not for him, and not for you. Now, everyone can see it. They hear it when you talk, hear it pouring down the stairs when you two fight. But it’s all there is. Fighting is the only passion you two have anymore for each other. It’s the only real emotions that you can come up with.
Is there any coming back from this?
I took some time off. Okay, I look a LOT of time off. I needed a break to get my head back on tight. It started off as just taking a few weeks over the summer to spend with my daughter, with plans on catching up after she was tired of spending day and night chasing the days of summer with me. It turns out, she didn’t get all that… Read More »No More Procrastinating, Monday is here
This morning I was asked about my choice to be an observant Jew to a friend. She asked about my rituals surrounding Yom Kippur. Even though she doesn’t fully understand it, she was lovely and asking some great questions in order to get to know me better. I tried to keep my answers simple and not start off with my long love of Judaism starting with my first love and… Read More »Yom Kippur – my thoughts about Neil Diamond, Brisket, and going to temple
Like almost every American woman over the age of 40, I am at that place where things that I once thought were important have slid back and moved into a different priority. Day after day we are presented with images of what makes us look “pretty” or “successful” or even better, “happy.” Most of those things are fake and we all know it. However we still try to carve our lives to fit into… Read More »Life Lessons after Turning 40
Do you know how many times I have “died” and somehow been resurrected? Really? I don’t even know how many times myself. But apparently if you piss someone off enough you will become “dead” to them. I guess I could be considered a zombie since I don’t feel dead. In fact, I feel just a bit more alive now that I have accepted my death. It’s odd though, walking around… Read More »Letters from a Dead Girl
I know, it’s been a few weeks since I wrote anything of value. Summer is a crazy time around here. We have been so busy actually enjoying the wonderful weather and time off from school, that making time to write has been on the back burner. As summer starts to wind down, I will get back into a good routine soon. But, for now.. get off the computer and… Read More »Crazy summer fun
25 years ago I became a teen mother. This was not the life I expected, planned for all through my childhood, or thought would make my family proud. I was 17 years old, no boyfriend, no baby skills, and was facing a life where people looked at me like I should be ashamed of myself because I had “made a mistake” and gotten MYSELF pregnant. This is my teen pregnancy… Read More »A Word To Pregnant Teens – You Will Be Okay
She loved hummingbirds. We always had feeders filled with sugar water tinted ruby red for her little friends. My Gram would point them out, knew them all by their colors and personalities. I always loved the blue and green ones the best. Sitting on the front porch in our rocking chairs, she’d sip her iced tea and watch the little guys come buzzing up to the feeders. She had two… Read More »Hummingbirds
As a writer I know from my past mistakes how easy it is to fall bad habits while trying to pursue a writing career. We get so involved in our writing that sometimes we fail to see that we haven’t eaten right, lack exercise and the only light we see is that glowing burn from our screens. Before you know it, you’ve packed on the pounds, turned an awful shade… Read More »Stay Healthy While Blogging
So I have joined BlogHer and become one of their promoted writers. I am still writing for Dancing with Fireflies, but I am also writing for BlogHer. So if you are a BlogHer fan, please come check me out there and see what other articles I might be writing. Writing for BlogHer might be a little different. I feel like there is a different sort of strong female, family, motherhood… Read More »Dancing with Fireflies and BlogHer
The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the… Read More »The Guest House – Rumi
Like so many, I have always struggled with the concept of family and that historical bond that is said to connect people together and give them some sense of pride and bonding. Yet in my own history I’ve seen blood family have little more to do with each other than passing strangers or childhood friends, such connections were not part of my world. Blood connections were there, but not a… Read More »Kindred connections
When I was little my best friend was old. Not just older, she was OLD. In fact she was my best friend until I was an adult and the whole time I knew her she was old. But not old and boring, she was far from that. I mean she was from a different place in time old. I loved her so much that I adopted being old for myself. We… Read More »Old
What’s your defining moment? They say that a defining moment is one that is life-changing. It is said to happen in the blink of an eye. It’s a pivotal moment filled with critical choices. For many, they struggle to discover that moment when they engage their passions, rise above the crowd and grasp their shining star. And for some, you are handed a gift of opportunity and what you do… Read More »Turning darkness into a defining moment.
“Ohhh she’s so nice!” “She’s the nicest person I know.” “She has a perfect life.” These things are never said about me. That’s because I gave up being fake about who I really am and started loving the real me. I am not always nice, sometimes it happens. But I am known for being fair, honest, and knowing what my limits are. In fact, trying to be nice all the time is… Read More »Be Real, Not Nice! End Fake Nice!
I think a lot of us need a facebook break. There are too many crazy people out there all looking for someone to agree with them. Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
January 1st.. New Years… the day when just about everyone has a list of things they would do differently this year. Perhaps they will be more organized, stop smoking, or plan to bring their lunch to work more often. Some like myself will drag themselves to the gym in hopes that they will eventually learn to like it. Others have learned that unless someone truly wants to change, setting resolutions… Read More »525,600 chances
Dancing With Fireflies by David Pikka We sing and dance with fireflies Underneath the darkened skies We spot the glow, a second’s grace Then vanished, gone, without a trace A world of lights with silent gleam We thought could only be a dream But nature’s beauty fills our eyes As we sing and dance with fireflies You can find more of David’s work here. Click to rate this post! [Total:… Read More »Special Feature: Dancing with Fireflies by David Pikka
Some of you know that in addition to writing, I also have a small business called Morning Tempest Studios. I embroider baby bib, blankets, onsies, and sometimes aprons for Moms. But earlier this year I needed to take a break from the shop after a very heavy holiday rush and focus on putting my head back together. Well.. try at least. So I closed my shop and gave away almost… Read More »Back to work
Dear You Know Who You are,
I forgive you for dying and leaving me here in this world without a clue as to how I am going to be able to get through a whole day without seeing something that reminds me of you and missing you even more.
There are moments when you just have to stop and look around to see where you are. Sometimes I feel like I am always moving, life is passing by so quickly and I really just need to pause and look around to see where I have landed. Have I any idea where I am going? Most of the time, yes.. I know where I am going and move one day… Read More »When Life Pressed Pause
Ok, there have been hundreds of horror movies made. But only a few have true nightmare quality. It takes true skill to actually dig into the brains of horror lovers and scare the hell out of them. But recently I have come to realize that I actually prefer a good storyline as opposed to the blood and guts of recent horror flicks. So, here’s a list of my top 3 favorite… Read More »To thrill takes skill!
I’m sorry we can’t be friends. I know you have tried to say you are sorry. I get it. But the fact is that you are who you are and we are not compatible. I am letting go of the past, it’s over. I had a lot of hurt that finally burst out of me, burning hot and melting everything in it’s path. But that mountain of pain has settled,… Read More »I’m Sorry We Can’t Be Friends
The air is sweet, sickening sweet at times. Parts of the island never fail to make me hate being here just because of the way that it smells. But here in the Laughing Grass fields it isn’t so bad, it is almost sensual in the way that the spice mixes with the heat from the yellow sun. The warmth melts over my bare arms, now tanned with months of hunting… Read More »Reflections of Neverland
I’m not always easy, in fact I am a difficult pain in the ass. But it is who I am and something I am completely at peace with being. I see things in black and white sometimes. Not because I am a hard-ass and just want things my way, but because it is my coping mechanism for dealing with stressful situations that require an answer or a direction. Some people… Read More »Thoughts on Growing Up.
Kids are funny. They have this weird world they live in, their own rules and language, and somehow manage to make everyone in their lives conform to their reality. I love kids. I have always been more prone to having a conversation with a 2-year-old than someone my own age. It’s more fun. Sometimes they have something serious to say and we as adults thinking most things they say are so… Read More »The World of Toddlers AND things you can’t do when you aren’t a toddler.
I admit it. It is a shameful fact that I am not a real fan of the early classics. I know as a writer that I should have a list of classics under my belt that I can quote from at any moment. I however don’t. But I wonder how many of you have? What’s your favorite? In looking around at some of the top classics I came up… Read More »How many of these classics have you read?
“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair We are all there sometimes, when it feels as if there is nothing left in your soul but hurt. It hurts to think; each thought just rips open your heart and leads to more pain.… Read More »Cry til you can’t anymore…
The first year was the hardest. I had declared it, stood my ground, cried and wanted to go back. Everything happened that year, the best moments that you want to share and the worst moments when I wanted comfort. It was if God knew that if I could get through that first year with everything life could throw at me and still hold my head up, be strong, and… Read More »Independence Day
The Help by Kathryn Stockett The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd September Ends by Hunter S. Jones The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger The Book Thief by Markus Zusak These… Read More »Dancing with Fireflies: 10 books you shouldn’t miss this summer
It seems like lately everything is moving so fast. I want to make it slow down so I feel like I am enjoying it more. But the harder I try to slow it down the faster it seems like it flies by. I suppose that means that life is in a good upswing. There was a time that I just felt stuck in a rut. Things weren’t moving forward, days… Read More »Life’s moments in 2x fast forward
I thought about making a list of the best YA fiction books. But really, those are just books that I’ve read. So today let’s expand our list of great books by seeing what books YOU have enjoyed in this genre. So, please tell us in the comment section your favorite YA fiction book or books, and a short description of the book and why you like it best. Happy Reading!… Read More »What’s your FAVORITE YA Fiction book?
In response to our post about Bella and Katniss, readers came out to let us know that there are other books with strong role models worth reading. So, we are taking a look and giving you 5 of the best gals in YA fiction in no special order. These girls were heroines of their titles, did the best they could with difficult situations and didn’t let their surroundings decide who they are.… Read More »5 Great Heroines of Recent YA Fiction
The Power of Short Story By Kathryn Elizabeth Jones I began as a short story writer; sort of a jump in and tell folks about most aspects of my life as if my life really meant something. And I was a terrible writer. At first. My family would read my stuff and quickly shove it inside their bookshelf, probably never to look at it again, though I’m not really… Read More »Guest Blogger- Kathryn Elizabeth Jones “The Power of Short Story”
Do you know of a great blog about YA fiction? We are looking high and low for great blogs to feature here. We would love to see your suggestions! Crysta Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
This week’s Meme of the week is a little reminder that self love is a good thing.. really. Do it! If you have a funny, awesome, inspirational, or just darn cool Meme, share it! And you might have next week’s Meme of the Week. Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
Did you write a fantasy short story? Share it today! We would all love to see what creative works you have been working on. I even have one to share tomorrow morning. It’s something I have had for a while, and in honor of Fantasy month I thought I’d bring it out to share with you tomorrow. So, dig out your pieces and share them! You can post a link… Read More »Who has a Fantasy short story to share today?
I have been meaning to make a few badges for Guest Bloggers, Bloggers of the Week, and anyone else who might want a badge for their blog. So I actually got a few done, more will come. You can grab your badge and show off! If anyone wants anything special, let me know! Crysta Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
I have spent a lot of time on the internet looking at the incredible artwork of fantasy artists. I found this artist today and I was very happy to see the different variations of dragons. Since today is the launch of our fantasy month here at Dancing With Fireflies, I figured sharing this incredible artist’s work and blog would be a great start to get your creative minds jump started.… Read More »Dragon Busts
I had to laugh when I read the answers to questions you might get asked when you write a romance novel. Great post! Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
I really haven’t given much thought until now about the size of our heroes. But now I am going to have to really pay more attention. Great post! Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
This week we have a great blog for you to check out written by eight creative and talented women. This creative ventures brings together the brilliant minds of eight women writers who are not only in four different countries but on three different continents. Their blog is all about what it takes to write a great story and the how-to’s of their trade. These women met through a romance writing… Read More »Blog of the Week – Eight Ladies Writing
The act of writing is a discovery process. During which the writer keeps on learning new things all the time. It is a common fact that many times writers are unable to publish their writings for certain reasons. But the writing that never gets publish is also very important because it is a great milestone in cosmic exploration and self-determination. Keep Reading Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average:… Read More »Writing For Recycle Bin!
“Friends are with us for a reason, a season, or for a lifetime.” ~ Unknown I’ve been pondering writing about this topic for quite some time, but each time it comes up, it feels too uncomfortable and negative to write about. But, this is a situation in life that most everyone comes to deal with at some point, so I decided to go for it in case someone out there might… Read More »Troublesome Friends & Lovers: When to Stay & When to Exit Gracefully – Laura Kutney
I’ve been single for about a year now. Just before that, I was seeing someone for about six months in a whirlwind fling that seemed just so full of passion and lovely feelings. My heart cracked when we broke up—it’s never nice looking ahead to what feels like a whole lotta loneliness. I realized at the time that for all my “Independent Woman” ranting, I actually really liked being in… Read More »A Single Girl Looking for Romance (& Finding It). by Jamie Khoo
Writing romance actually takes a lot of skill and the correct formulas of flirting, telling a good story, and making the readers feel like they can relate. Author Michelle Kelly has a great blog that really captures the art of Romance Writing. Check her out! Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
Even though many just don’t understand them, the amazing children I have met with Autism have taught me one powerful thing. It’s better to wake up with a smile, forgive and forget yesterday’s drama, and start every day with wonder. Here are some inspiring links about Autism: Top 10 Terrific Traits of Autistic People The Advantages of Autism The Positives of Having Autism 5 Kids With Autism Who Inspire… Read More »April 2nd – Autism Awareness Day
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This week’s Blogger of the Week is Carrie Ann Golden of A writer & her adolescent muse. This blog is a must-read for writers and those who love them. I really enjoyed her regular posts about Plot vs. Characters that gave readers a great incite to character building and plot lines. Her blog is easy to read, organized, and perfect for the OCD reader who likes things clear and to the… Read More »Blogger of the Week:Carrie Ann Golden of A writer & her adolescent muse
This graceful artist brings a sense of calm through his artwork. Brian Eno has spent a life time working to perfect his skills as an artist of light. Each piece softly transforms from one enlightened piece to another, slowing down your thoughts and asking you to spend a few minutes in a peaceful place. I would love to see his work in person. I can only imagine how much more… Read More »Brian Eno’s Light and Time Art
We are always looking for cool blogs to share and feature as our Blogger of the Week. But sometimes it’s hard to find great blogs. So if you have a blog that you think is ready for the world or know of an awesome blog that you think deserves to be Blog of the Week. Please post your links here in the comment section. ~ DWF ~ Click to rate… Read More »Do you have a blog that you would like us to check out?
Today I saw clips from a truly unforgettable film, Blackfish, about the mesmerizing story of Orcas in captivity and what can truly be called a psychological thriller. This movie will make you rethink everything you knew about the marine life entertainment industry. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be out there in those tanks. I wanted to know them, be with them, and loved them as most… Read More »Unforgettable – Blackfish
I looked at all the trees and didn’t know what to do. A box made out of leaves. What else was in the woods? A heart, closing. Nevertheless. Everyone needs a place. It shouldn’t be inside of someone else. I kept my mind on the moon. Cold moon, long nights moon. From the landscape: a sense of scale. From the dead: a sense of scale. I… Read More »Detail of the Woods by Richard Siken
I’ve been there, in those moments of the greatest despair. I’ve sat there in the dark, pistol in hand and thoughts fighting demons. “How fucking dare you! I didn’t deserve that!” I snarled as I shook my head and screamed at the ministers of hate that wanted to destroy all signs of light left in me. But they were already gone, moved on to the next innocent quarry and I… Read More »I’ll remain unbroken
Do you know what faith is? Are you religious or do you follow the traditions of religion because it is more of a family tradition? For many people religion and faith is a hot topic. And like most hot topics, we writers love to dip into the heat and pull out something to write about. I struggle with religion and the concept of G*D and belief systems. But I find… Read More »When you feel it.. you’ll know.
Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled— to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing— that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum of each flawed… Read More »The Ponds – Mary Oliver
These are the truthful and fantastic words about “Pretty” and one woman’s thoughts about beauty and it’s ugly truths. It is a ‘must watch’ for everyone who struggles with “Pretty”. ( There are some moments of truthful emotions, so those with little ones who you might not want to go about screaming a word that rhymes with truck. Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]
A couple of years ago I found a few friends that I thought were gone from my life, but found them again when I started using Facebook. Finding them again really brought up some old memories and here’s what came out of them. The Quad was this area between the buildings of my high school. We all had to pass through this open area to get from class to class. There was a… Read More »In the Quad
In August 2012, I lost my best friend in a terrible accident. He was so important to me and I was so freaking mad after a few months that people started to worry about me. So after a few months I went to a therapist to try to feel better. She tried to explain the steps of grief to me and I explained that I knew all of that and… Read More »His Letter to Me – A letter of grief, friendship, and letting go… sort of.
Can you just go away and give me some space? I need to think. I say that a lot. Sometimes I feel like there are just too many people in the world and it smothers me. I need to sort out all of the thoughts that are flooding into my head and make the noise go away. Why is there always so much noise? People chewing, cars going by,… Read More »Go away.. til I want you
This week’s Blogger comes to us from A New Perspective Perhaps and in her blog and talking with her through comments, I have come to realize I have found a new friend. She’s very down to earth and very cool, and through her blog posts about her life I have come to find that even though we come from different places we are so much alike. From her love of comforting… Read More »Blog of the Week – A New Perspective Perhaps
I met a new friend recently. It’s odd because that is not something I do very often. Her voice was the first thing I noticed, it drew me in to talking to her more. It was happy, like someone who feels joy and shares it through the tones in her voice and words she chooses. She knew of me and She was honest about it, not the kind of brutal… Read More »My Unusual Friendship
“I don’t know if I can do this again… it hurts when I try.” Just do it… once you start it will hurt at first, but you will see the reason. “Every time I think about it, I just want to curl up in a little ball and cry.” Well… maybe that’s because you need to get over something. “Maybe I do, but is it really worth the pain?” I… Read More »The Voices.
My heart clenches as the seconds click by, closer and closer to that moment when I know that there’s nothing left to do but hold your breath to keep from crying. I hate that I cry. I just want to hold on tight, pull you against me so that you won’t leave. I need you to stay, I need you to keep me from feeling as if I am a… Read More »Return to me.
A friend of mind was playing Pictionary with a little girl and was stumped when the girl drew this picture. Can you guess what it is? It took me a while. Here are a few of my answers that were all apparently wrong. Children of the Corn, with shovels at the beach. Grave digger school Zombie snow day Shawshank Redemption Marriage – ball and chain, a house, the alphabet.. yeah,… Read More »Guess what this is
This is not what I planned, how did I get here? Sometimes there comes a point when you find yourself turning over in your bed, the warm rays of morning pushing open your eyelids. You struggle come back from dreams. You pull the blankets warm around you again, perhaps tugging them hard to get them free. You lay there and ask yourself “Who are you? Do I even know who… Read More »How in the world did I end up here?
Turning 40 is a dreaded moment in a woman’s life. It’s the big 4-0.. the day when you have no clue of what to expect but you are now no longer in your 30’s. I turned 40 this year, I waited for my hair to turn grey, my vision to get worse, and to actually FEEL 40. It’s almost my birthday again, and to tell you the truth most… Read More »Turning 40 is all it cracked up to be!
Today as I sat on my front porch enjoying the peaceful rush of water over the rocks and the sweet sound of birds calling like enchanted lovers to one another I realized that by embracing the good in my life, the negative can not take hold and guide me anywhere I do not want to be. It’s my choice to be angry over things I can not control and in… Read More »Goodbye Guilt
I drifted off in front of the fire. It was warm and I fell easily into dreams. I dreamed of home and simple things, chores to finish, people I love and at the top of the stairs you were there. In your special place. This doesn’t happen often anymore, not like when you first went away. I knew I was dreaming, because I knew you couldn’t be there waiting for… Read More »I had a dream and you were there.
The Boulder County Coroner’s Office today identified the motorcyclist killed in a collision with an SUV on 30th Street last week as Lance Gurney, 40. At 4:53 p.m. Aug. 21, a woman driving a 2000 Lexus SUV told police she was pulling out of a private parking lot driveway and attempting to make a left turn onto northbound 30th Street near O’Neal Parkway. She told police she thought she had… Read More »Gone too soon.
Today my week ended differently than it usually does. We spent time at the Har Sinai cemetary with the kids from the synagogue. Honestly this was something I had been trying to get out of doing. I didn’t like the idea of spending my day at a cemetary. It seemed depressing and not the way I wanted to end my week. But that wasn’t the kind of example I wanted to set for my… Read More »Let me remember you