About Me

After a few years as a stay-at-home-mom, I stepped back into the working world.  I now teach written composition courses and direct a writing center at a small liberal arts university.

When I began this blog more than five years ago, I saw my life stretched before me in a very predictable path, but 2014 brought an unexpected change to say the least, and I found myself as a single mother. Much of my writing in more recent months chronicles my own growth as I encounter a personal evolution I never predicted. I believe it is Pat Conroy who claims, “Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself,” and that is undoubtedly true for me in my current season. Writing is my lifeline and guidepost as I navigate these new waters, and I am happy to share some of that with you.

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But there are many other facets to me aside from single motherhood. I mill my own wheat, but I love cupcakes.  I love to travel, but I’m a homebody.  I get up early, but I’m eternally tired.  My firstborn emerged in an operating room, but my second was born in a bathtub.  I am a left-leaning liberal in a sea of conservatives down south.  I am a mom who, like the rest of us,  sometimes feels torn between professional duties and motherhood.  There is a lot of yin and yang in my life.   In other words, I am all over the place all the time, but I’m enjoying the ride.

I’m a Georgia Girl born and bred, and I have a lot of love for my home state.  I write often about our favorite adventures and my most treasured places here in North Georgia.  I also love foodparty planning, words, balletbooks, and British poetry.  I hit the road for new experiences with my kids as often as I can, and I occasionally write about our travels here.

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In addition to this blog, I’m a contributor for Huffington Post. My writing has also been featured on Sweatpants and Coffee, Club MidRole Reboot, MamalodeAlternet, Mothers Always Write, and Mamalode’s new food site, Mama Nom Nom. If you’d like to reach out about things you’ve read here or are interested in my writing for your site, send me an email at mamathereader@gmail.com.

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