Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My book is READY

The Diggery 3 look as happy as I am.











We are in the FINAL stages of my interactive children's book release!

Yay!

 "The Diggery 3" will go LIVE on the Meegenius website and app in less than 48 hours.

I have been anxiously waiting for you all to read this quirky story about 3 siblings who love to build and create. And just wait until you see the amazing illustrations by Tyler Parker. His drawings are such a great enhancement. Mr. Parker makes my story and characters just jump off the pages.

This read-along book will be set at the "can-not-be-passed-up" price of $2.99! So don't wait and miss the fantastic introductory price.

The Meegenius read-along bookstore can be viewed FREE online and is also available as a FREE downloadable app for your Android, iPhone, of GoogleTV. So go familiarize yourself with Meegenius now so you can be the FIRST one to check out my book, "The Diggery 3" on Thursday!

I am so excited. Can you tell?

Good! Now please go help me spread the word.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Long-term parenting


What is probably obvious to most is that I am a first time parent. Meaning that I did not do this job in a previous life. I haven't attended workshops or seminars. I have only trekked along on this mom-path with the help and advice of elders I love/respect and a laundry list of things not to do.

And I must say that although I have always had a vision for my children. Of what they could become. The peace and stability I wanted for their lives. I still thought of this mothering job as short term. As in, when they are 18 I am retired.

That eventually changed to when they graduate college I am retired. But then today I was thinking of several people I love, who are over the typical college age, but desperately need the support of a parent. And it hit me.

You are NEVER done. 

I mean, some children will need you more than others. Or differently than their siblings. But all children need their parents. Forever. Whether it is the couch to crash on/cry on/think on, we all need that connection and bond.

This got me thinking about birthing my eldest at the tender age of 19. I felt grown up. I acted grown up. But god was I a baby. It was all I could do to put on my big girl pants and raise and protect this child to the best of my ability.

My granny and I were talking about my husband's and my first place, which was an airy trailer in Junction City, KS. She said she was so worried that we were out in there Kansas all alone, with no money.

Whelp, we didn't have any money. Fortunately for us we didn't need at lot of snazzy things to entertain us. We had about $10 left over after bills and groceries. I nursed the baby. And we just made it work.

But I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry alone in the bathroom sometimes wondering what I had gotten myself into. Or that my husband didn't stress all the time about getting promoted and making rank. We could have used that parental support, but it was a luxury we just didn't have.

That mindset of MAKE IT WORK comes in handy when you need to survive. But some children/adults just can't make that happen on their own. And the one's who do don't want their kids to have to do the same. They need that couch. And that's okay.

I know I'm too young to say this...but as I age...I think more and more about the opportunities and skills I want to bequeath to my boys. The information I need to pass along in order to give them the best shot at success.

An elder I affectionately title "My Fairy Run Mother" was so right about the 2011 Chicago marathon changing my perspective on life. These things/decisions/obstacles have to be viewed over the long haul. Step-by-step and day-by-day. Each day I'm adding stitches to my couch. Ensuring stability for the seat my babies may one day need. This truly is long-term.

Parents don't retire.


Friday, March 1, 2013

MAKERS is Everything

I am a lover of history. So when Twitter was all aflutter about PBS's new documentary, Makers, which chronicles the Women's Movement in the United States I immediately began salivating.

Let me tell you, Makers did not disappoint. I learned so much from the 3 videos which are all just under an hour long and currently available online. Keeping with that number I will share three things I gleaned from the viewing experience:

1. As a woman who has played sports, worked after becoming married, ran a marathon, and uses birth control I have directly benefited from the women who fought/marched/ran/litigated so that I could lawfully do those seemingly basic things.  Some of which were unheard of/illegal when my grandmother was a girl

2. These were REAL WOMEN, not saints. They made missteps and mistakes. But the fact remains that the individuals who supported this movement wanted equal rights and protections under the law for women. Not exceptionalities. Just equal opportunities for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

3. It does not matter what you call yourself if we are all working toward the same goal. I spent a tremendous amount of time with my great Aunt before moving to Georgia. She is 78 and would never call herself a feminist, but she would call me and tell me to invest my own money in my own account. To complete my degree. To turn down a position she felt was beneath me. To love my boys and husband, but to more importantly love myself enough to make sure I am whole and well.

Here is the first installment of the documentary: