I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter.
*******My friend Becca is remarkable. (In fact, most days I wonder how I get to one of the few dear souls she calls a friend.) Becca is genuine and beautiful. Last week I told her I missed her writing. I felt a little guilty about giving her a nudge because she's too busy right now. But then she posted this story, the story of the way she was pulled out of the darkness of depression and turned toward the Light. When you read her story, you'll understand why I use the word remarkable to describe my sweet friend, because you will be forever changed just by knowing this bit of her story. (Plus you'll understand why I want her to write more.)
This week, I decided to share a round up of some of my long time blogger friends and their recent posts that have impacted me. Enjoy!
Tam's Poem, "Her Quiet" -- 13 small lines make a big hole in your heart.
Franki and Mary Lee continue to give more by recognizing bloggers each month of this 8th birthday year of their blog. This month, they celebrate Pernille Ripp, and we should too!
Carol's beautiful writing about her mom, "The Laundry Goddess" -- small, specific details always speak louder than general statements. This is show don't tell writing at its perfection.
Juliann chases stories with the post "I wish" -- it gives me pause.
Deb faces the page (probably with Chloe beside her), and writes "Totally Unacceptable" with an abundance of grace and vulnerability. She inspires me to be a brave writer.
Amelia haunts me in "Because the Stars Do Not Talk" -- the way her beautiful words give hope in spite of nightmares.
Linda makes me smile with kind words about Celebrating Writers -- I'm humbled thinking about my book being reread by TeacherDance.
Ramona honors her dad with a dozen memories, inspired by Kate DiCamillo's list in Because of Winn Dixie -- I'm reminded, once again, of the power of specificity.
Alyson stretches out of her Kid Lit Frenzy comfort zone and shares her thinking around tiny faith. Alyson has encouraged me throughout Lent by giving me feedback and sharing links on Twitter. I admire her resilience and raw writing.
Elsie takes me back to happy memories of All-Write. You should come too! The first thing Elsie said to me was, "You're so small!" (Rumor on the street is there's going to be a small writer delivering an opening keynote with a big message about celebration!)
I want to selfishly believe that Terje posted this quote just for me. Plan to linger a bit at her blog and take in some of her stories.
Michelle celebrates her birthday by finding joy in the ordinary -- perhaps I'll make an ordinary joy list soon too.
I like this sweet celebration of Robin's family -- I'm inspired!
Betsy's lyrical take on letting kids go and be writers, even if they aren't "right" makes me wish her words could be an opening poem in Celebrating Writers.