Passing as Normal

I can pass as normal. In fact, I’ve spent a great deal of energy in doing just that. Perform. Achieve. Smile. This comes easily to me; I’ve had lots of practice. Different, Inadequate, Plain. They hide behind the curtains. Part of what I’ve done for the last four decades to present as normal is tied…

I Don’t Believe it Was Accidental…

I don’t believe it was accidental that when I wrote an email to Cambodia, the woman who answered it described herself as a fellow Kansan. I learned of the Wat Opat Children’s Community when I read the book In a Rocket Made of Ice by Gail Gutradt. I was drawn to this place on the…

Spark what?

Marie Kondo’s Netflix show on the transformational effect of tidying up has blown up. I’ve heard NPR shows about the effects of the decluttering craze (a thrift store bonanza), seen countless posts online about goals for emptying out closets and garages, and heard pushback about some of her advice (especially about books). Full disclosure: I…

I’ve Got a Bone to Pick with Malcolm Gladwell.

I’ve read several of Malcom Gladwell’s books (Outliers is my favorite) and respect his thinking and writing ability. However, a former writing student took his online Masterclass recently and wrote me in shock over what he’s teaching about writing about our own lives. Here’s what she wrote to me after watching his teaching – I’ve…

Pics from my trip to SE Asia

I was fortunate to take a three-week holiday over Christmas with my family to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. My time there made an enormous impression on me. I’m writing about it (coming soon!) and hatching new plans but for now I thought I’d share some of my favorite pics… The Grand Palace in Bangkok…

Sadness, writing and readability…

A writing student sent a question to my inbox that I thought you may be interested in: Hello Molly, So exciting to see you “ in the arena”. Fighting the good fight!.  I have something I need a little help/ push with. I’ve noticed how deeply sad all my stories are at their core. I…

The Year of the Cup

Throwing a shoe at them seemed like it should work. But it usually proved to be either too heavy to actually reach the ceiling or too light to dislodge the target. And if it was a boot or clog, it could cause some real damage on the way down too. I really didn’t get the…

My Next Book…

My next book features a teenager named Addie Queen. Addie is struggling – her dad is in jail for a white-collar crime, her boyfriend is acting weird, her mom is stressed out, everyone at youth group seems to be fake and her few times of peace are while practicing her violin or with her little…

A Very Special Interview…

I often get asked what my family members thought about my memoir Float On. I wrote of some pretty personal family experiences in it that many people wouldn’t share, especially with strangers. For me it was important to tell the truth and be open about experiences that I had been through that I had hidden…

On Surviving an Election Season (or Life)

The Midterms are over, hallelujah! No matter what political beliefs you hold, I think we surely all must feel glad they are over. I’ve been thinking about how I’ve weathered this season and it turns out that surviving the election season is the same as surviving any time of life that we have limited control…