Mixtapes in the modern age

Back in the 90's I was the queen of mixtapes*. If you were someone I cared about, you had a personalized mixtape, complete with decorated cover. I had have a notebook where I kept track of the songs on each tape. Yes, I still have the notebook. And a box full of mixes I made... Continue Reading →

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Weekend retreat

The idea of coming together with other writers -- some friends, some strangers -- for an entire weekend away from the stressful realities of life felt both exhilarating and terrifying. It is something I need: space to think, to read, to write, without distractions and in a place that promised inspiring scenery. At home, I... Continue Reading →

Happy Camper

I love camping. Fresh air, campfires, afternoon naps in the sun. The blissful escape from routine. Back in the days before kids, hubs and I camped all over the state. We weren’t very adept when we started out—on our first trip we forgot pillows and other essentials and had to drive to a nearby mega... Continue Reading →

Caravan of Composition turns ONE!

Happy Blogiversary to me! A little over ten years ago, on my oldest son's second birthday, I started a blog. We had recently moved back to Buffalo after living all over the country, and I had that "new mom who wants to talk about her kid all the time" thing going on. Also, CAKE. My... Continue Reading →

Dog days

Happy summer everyone!! Back in my teaching days, the end of June meant two months of sleeping in, but now that I work over the summer, it's more about the shifting of routines. Instead of heading off to school, the boys head off to camp. We still have to get up, make lunches, and get... Continue Reading →

Accept the Mission

Monday after my favorite annual conference: I AM EXTREMELY PUMPED TO DO ALL THE WRITERLY THINGS!! Also: SO MUCH LAUNDRY!! This year's Pennwriters Conference theme was Mission Possible. I drove down with one of my writer friends and we had an amazing weekend. We hung out with other writer friends, made new connections, and learned... Continue Reading →

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