My Dad’s Ashes

Once I became a mom I realized that the reason why my own mom was the only one who could ever seem to find anything in my house growing up was that she was the only one who ever actually looked. So even though she wasn’t trying to find them, leave it to my mom…

Happy Humans Day

When I was twenty-seven years old I had been trying to get pregnant for a while with no success. I had previous surgeries because of endometriosis and ovarian cysts and felt insecure about my fertility. This was a tender issue for me. When my dear friend and cousin called to tell me she was pregnant…

Spring Cleaning

My house has a lot windows. I mean, a ridiculous amount of them, but they help create the modern look that Dan Rockhill designed as an addition to contrast our old stone house. The effect is striking – I love it. Cleaning these windows is no joke. But with a beautiful weekend of weather and…

Us Too

I’m not chatty on airplanes. I mean, I do try to be polite, maybe a little how’s it going? before I dig into whatever book or writing I brought along. But this trip was different. I’ve been thinking about conversations lately (and chatting about it on Facebook Live if you are over there). So when the man…

How to Prepare for Your Book Reading

  Start a list. Write ‘choose pages to read’ at the top. Remind yourself they are to be read out loud, not in your head. Shave your legs. Glance at your list but decide you should choose your outfit instead. Create an online vote for which dress to wear. (White is in the lead!) Start…

Intro to Blogging

I loved a workshop I taught recently called So You Want to Blog. I wanted to share what I’ve learned about blogging since I started sharing here, originally as The Chef’s Wife. What a journey it’s been! I’ve published three books since I first tested the waters sharing my words with you all. Thank you for…

Write to Live

I posted on social media recently that I did not appreciate the dog dying in a certain movie (some of my friends did not appreciate me revealing this spoiler, so I’ll withhold the title here). I thought it was a gratuitous plot device, an intentional tear-jerker. And it worked. I had to take off my…

Thank you readers

I am preparing to teach a workshop on blogging at the Lawrence Arts Center. I love the freedom I have as an instructor there to develop ideas for classes. I wanted to lead this class because creating a blog was instrumental in helping me find my voice as a writer. And I have you, dear…

Write Letters With Me!

Do you have a couple of minutes to watch a video? I’d love to share why I’m writing a letter a day for the month of March. I share about how I received a stack of thank you letters from seventh grade students who I spoke to recently on memoir writing. The kids were awesome…

You’re invited!

I’m really excited about this reading with Erin Brown! I hope to see you there. 🙂 Love, Molly PS – I had a new essay recently published on The Manifest-Station if you’d like to check in out.