Angela Amman

Angela

Five things

– Posted in: Joy

The light is shifting. Even with "spring forward" almost a week away, the sun is setting a little later, and daylight comes sooner. A pale yellow glow lights the sky where it's been painted gray for months. I could be imagining these bitty promises of spring, but I'm choosing to believe them instead. I'm choosing [...]

Five minutes

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

With ten minutes left before I had to leave the house, I closed my laptop. I glanced at the clock, wondering if there was time to fold a load of laundry, to transfer dirty clothes to the machine, to breathe just a little. In the days of countless winter layers and an attempt to work out five [...]

Finding flowers — snippets and smiles

– Posted in: Uncategorized
flowers in winter

The kids petitioned for dinner out on Sunday night, complete with a "circle yes or no" note for Ryan. In an unprecedented move, I tried to skip out on pizza. My protest wasn't because of the ridiculous climbing of calories on My Fitness Pal but the cold. We ended up going for pizza, because really, [...]

Free short stories from Bannerwing Books

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

One of the hats I wear is managing editor over at Bannerwing Books, a small — but growing! — independent publisher. Bannerwing Books wants to help authors hone their craft, gain confidence in their work, and connect them with other writers. With this aim, the editors at Bannerwing Books formed the Bannerwing Write Club. The Bannerwing Write [...]

A Weekend with Froggy

– Posted in: Joy, Parenting

I went to preschool in the early 80s, when teachers thought it was a good idea to send class pets home with parents and preschoolers. My poor mother has never been a pet person, and I'm sure she dreaded those days. Thinking about trying to fit pet care into our days makes me break out into a [...]

Five Things

– Posted in: Joy

Snow closed school on Monday and Tuesday, leaving us with the long days filled with makeshift activities and stretched screen limits. Snow days won't always be like this. We'll scatter to different rooms, falling into individual pursuits, and these days when I wonder how they can continuously talk and sing on top of each other might seem [...]

6 Words

– Posted in: Guest Posts, Joy

We've been building a lot of LEGO lately. I have two types of LEGO builders, and this smiling little guy is an un-builder and re-builder. He loves his The LEGO Movie sets so much — building, breaking down, and rebuilding. He's asking for my help less and less, even with the complicated sets. As if [...]

Finding unexpected power

– Posted in: challenges, Guest Posts

I can't count how many times we've carried the condor eggs to the top of the mountain, part of the narrative involved in a yoga DVD both my kids adore. This week, when Dylan asked me to actually do yoga instead of just racing around the house and hiding my inflexibility, I said yes. He [...]

Random bits and pieces

– Posted in: challenges

My brain is tired tonight, the good kind of tired where it feels stretched and worked, reaching into corners that haven't been used in a while. I drafted and drafted and drafted some more yesterday, and while the editing might be brutal, it feels good to see "edit" on my to-do lists instead of scribbled [...]