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Life lessons from an unlikely source.

Life lessons from an unlikely source.

In the last year, both of my boys have acquired cameras. One from a thrift store, and one for a birthday. Every once in awhile we go for a photo walk where all three of us take pictures.   Invariably, my kids take tons of pictures of weeds.   In their eyes,...

Leadership, love, and parenting.

Leadership, love, and parenting.

Last week I had my first ride alone with my son. We’ve been mountain biking as a family for a long time, yet I’d never gone out on the trails with the kids without my husband. Maybe it was confidence or simple lack of opportunity since we’re always together, but it...

The best tool in your toolbox.

The best tool in your toolbox.

I organize a local writing group, and recently we were having a discussion about humor. How to weave humor into our writing to connect with an audience, tell a story, or develop characters. It got me thinking: How often do we think about humor in real life?  ...

What’s in Your Backpack? A Guide to Lightening the Load.

What’s in Your Backpack? A Guide to Lightening the Load.

Do you carry a diaper bag, backpack, or Mary Poppin's purse with every essential?   My guess is yes. When my boys were younger, I remember doing the same thing. You’ve got your snacks, wipes, extra clothes, books, toys, lipgloss (maybe 3), an extra shoe. Some...

Books that make you think.

Books that make you think.

I love that we’re hearing more about the stories of everyday women these days. Not only the women who have accomplished something remarkable in the historic world of men, so to speak, but the strong women who run the world from behind the scenes. Check out The...

A Reminder for Worried Parents

A Reminder for Worried Parents

It’s easy to assume others share our thoughts on a subject or experience of an event. Even if we value diversity and understand difference, as parents we assume our way of doing things is THE way. It takes some unlearning to get that other people respond differently,...

8 Ways to Relax this Summer

8 Ways to Relax this Summer

Have a hard time relaxing? Feel like you always have to be doing something productive? Do you get stressed thinking about how long your to-do list is... but then avoid it completely?   As a recovering perfectionist, I have a clear pattern of overwhelming myself...

What Your Kids Need Most This Summer

What Your Kids Need Most This Summer

With Summer in full swing, you might be thinking about how to entertain your kiddos for the full three months. In the past, I’ve tried to be Super Mom in the summer. I’ve researched camps, activities, sites to see, and places to go. I know I’ve got to keep my kids...

To Be a Splendid Spark

To Be a Splendid Spark

What is Splendid Spark all about?   This. These things here. It's what I believe and why I do what I do. If they resonate, welcome. You're in good company. If they don't, that's fine too.  You matter. I believe women’s actions can dramatically shift the story...

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