To all the writers, artists, and colorful characters:

You are all crazy-wonderful artists, but you know this already. Because I teach fulltime and I’m obviously a mom, I’ve tried to reply to every comment, but it takes time. I’ve also tried to explore your blogs and follow some of them. But, that also takes time just like writing, at least for me. ForContinue reading “To all the writers, artists, and colorful characters:”

Refrigerator Art Changed My Life

by Lisa Chesser One-eyed aliens, giant butterflies, flying dragons, mermaids, superheroes, self-portraits and other masterpieces mask our aged refrigerator. Without that in my life, even my morning coffee wouldn’t make me happy. All parents believe their child is the next Picasso or Frida Kahlo, but we also recognize the need to connect with our child.Continue reading “Refrigerator Art Changed My Life”

A Few Sounds Later

Her notes struck the incessant thoughts from my brain. Each punch on the keys left me thinking only of the beauty the world had to offer, the drops of rain hitting the pool, the light touch of a butterfly. I know when I’ve lost our fights because my daughter looks away from me, sits, andContinue reading “A Few Sounds Later”

Back to School, Back to Bullies

Back to school bullies conjure up all sorts of images. I still remember my first beating, girl-style. I still cringe when near a school cafeteria–that loud clatter of trays, sharp voices stinging my ears, and the mean girls. The Art of Punching with Words You remember don’t you? She walks up to you in theContinue reading “Back to School, Back to Bullies”