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Random Acts of Summer

By Christina Katz

  1. Put ten bucks in your pocket on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Go garage sale hoppin’! (Give the kids a buck each.)
  2. Visit a state park in your area that you’ve never been to before (just type “[Name-of-your-state] State Parks” into GOOGLE). Stop at the grocery store deli for sandwiches and drinks to bring along.
  3. Read. Profusely. In the shade. In a lawn chair or on a blanket. In a hammock, if you have one! Teach your kids how to do it. Maybe they’ll fall asleep.
  4. Visit Etsy. Spend hours surfing the handmade things you can buy for cheap. So much fun to search by color!
  5. If your home office is a mess or the laundry is piled up. Ignore it. You can deal with it later. Go play. 🙂
  6. Stockpile how-to writing books that suit what you need most in your career at this juncture. If you want to write for newspapers, don’t miss Sue Lick’s just released Freelancing for Newspapers. Blogroll her blog on the subject too. Maybe read them in August when it’s too dang hot to do anything else!
  7. Go out by yourself, find some water, and float. On an inner tube. On a lounger. Don’t forget the sunglasses, sunscreen, and maybe even People magazine.
  8. Go to Paris. I mean pretend to go at the theater while you catch a matinee of Ratatouille on a sweltering, white-hot day with kids in tow.
  9. No time for scrapbooking? Collect your digital photos and make a book that tells the story of the first half of your year. iPhoto 6 has amazing ones that start as cheap as $3.99 each!
  10. If you need something fun to watch on DVD, after the kids are in bed, try The Prizewinner of Defiance Ohio. This is definitely an inspirational choice for writer mamas.
  11. How about a date night movie? You’ll both laugh (and possibly cry) if you can get a sitter and slip out to catch Knocked Up before it leaves theaters. I’m still quoting Paul Rudd and it’s been over a month since we saw it.

Happy summer, mamas!

Copyright Note: You are welcome to reprint this post in your blog or zine as long as the title links back to this blog entry and a complete title and byline are included at the top. Thanks!


Winners of the Writer Mamas (and Papas) Announcement

I must have not taken my vitamins…because I can’t find anywhere in this blog where I announced the details of the Writer Mamas (and Papas) “When writing and parenting collide” contest.

Did I announce it in my zine, but not in my blog??? Did I not announce it at all but just think that I did? I know not.

Seriously, am I on drugs or have I just been crazy-busy?

Never mind, I think I know the answer to that…and it’s not drugs.

And for those of you who were so wonderful as to participate (and I’ll have more to say to you later), I’m so sorry if I dropped the ball! That is what I call a big DOINK.

Here’s the scoop…

The winner of the Writer’s Digest Magazine contest, When Writing and Parenting Collide, will be announced in the October 2007 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine.

FYI, those magazines come out waaaay before the cover date. I bet it will be on stands by mid-September, if not sooner. At least, that’s when I would watch for it.

Or, if you like, you can subscribe and be among the first to get it. And I’m not just saying that because I’m sure WD would love for me to say it (they would).

I’m saying it because it’s true.

So there it is. The scoop. Oh no, wait. There’s more.

Okay, so the winning essay will be published in Writer’s Digest, and the second and third place winners will be published right here in my blog.

I will post them on October 1st.

Exciting! I can’t wait. (And sorry again if I kept you hanging!)

Oopsie, Mix-up at the station!

Well, there seems to have been a little mix-up at KBOO. My interview with Paul O’Brien must have gotten mixed up with the interview slated for the following week.

I believe I addressed this in my Mother’s Day Wish on imperfection. 🙂

However, yesterday I did spot a Writer Mama mention in NW Women’s Journal.

I will check with KBOO and send out a reminder for next week. But I’m pretty sure that’s what happened.

Ah, the imperfection of life!

Off for some Mother’s Day fun…hope your day is perfectly imperfect!

Christina on KBOO Radio, Pathways show with Paul O’Brien

KBOO logoPathways airs from 8:30-9:00 a.m. tomorrow, Mother’s Day.

In Oregon, you may listen the old-fashioned way (on the radio) at:

Portland: 90.7 fm
Corvallis: 100.7 fm
Columbia Gorge: 91.9 fm

Or, anywhere in the world, you can listen the new-fangled way by checking out your options here:

I don’t say it in the interview, so I’ll say it here: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

A Mother’s Day Wish For You: The Gift of Imperfection

Children are like little extensions of our souls, aren’t they?

I was thinking that this morning while driving home from the dog park.

That’s how I feel about my beautiful daughter Samantha. She is such a gift. And she has taught me so much about making the most of not just today but every single moment.

And to think that some day we will have loved her so much that she will be able to stand solidly on her own two feet in the world…just thrills me so much. In fact, she’s not doing such a bad job today.

I feel really proud of her. And I am not a perfect mother by any means. Thank goodness perfection is not a requirement of motherhood.

There was a time in my life when I felt like I was waiting for my “real life” to begin.

It was a period of waiting. Followed by waiting. And more waiting.

Around the age of 28, I woke up. And started to realize who I am. I think it was the beginning of the realization that I am allowed to just be who I truly am.

The awareness that who I am is enough.

If I could give one gift to my daughter and all girls, women, mothers, and grandmothers, it would be the awareness that whoever you are is enough.

Right at this moment, without therapy or plastic surgery or a makeover or whatever seems like it might help.

I may have inadvertently stumbled upon the key to contentment, because if I am enough than it doesn’t matter that my home is untidy. It doesn’t matter that I am tired and a bit hormonal right at the moment. It doesn’t matter that the world is a really imperfect place or that my husband is busy with his play or that all the members of our extended family lives thousands of miles away. It doesn’t even matter that I can’t keep up with all my girl friends.

In short, it doesn’t matter that I am living a big, fat, messy life. The fact that I accept it and can accept myself without the need for striving today means I feel blessed and rich and right with the world.

Today’s imperfection is more perfect than any of my wildest fantasies.

This Mother’s Day I hope you discover the freedom of imperfection. And I hope relishing it makes you giddy with joy.


Happy Mother’s Day Comic

Gold Star: Happy Birthday Ban Breathnach

It’s Sarah Ban Breathnach’s birthday and she’s giving away this awesome poster:

Ten Authentic Truths to Live By

I love it. So I’m sharing it will all of you.

You can download it here.

One of my favorite lines is:

“The more risks you take, the luckier you become.”

That is so very true. At least, I have found it to be true.

Check it out! And let Mother’s Day week begin!

The Writer Mama E-zine Launches on Monday!

If you would like to sign up to receive it in your inbox, simply click here and you will be directed to a page where you can subscribe.

This will also serve as the location in the blog for your comments on the first issue.

I look forward to reading your comments!

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