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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll put your feet up and stay for awhile. This is, after all, a place for friends to gather… especially with a good Cabernet.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a writer. Words are my constant companion, my solace, my connection to humanity. I write because I must, but I also write to share a common experience. If one of my sentences makes you feel like you are not alone in this wide world, then I have done my job.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. – William Wordsworth
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. -Anaïs Nin


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  1. I LOVE the Ogden Nash quote – LOL! And I look forward to reading your posts as time allows (The Powers That Be frown on that sort of thing at work but I try to sneak it in here and there :).

  2. I’ve been browsing through your posts and invite you to write for the second volume of a Alabaster Jars, a compilation or readings and stories. There are several in your blog that we could use or you can write us a fresh one.

    The proceeds of the book sales go towards women’s literacy projects in developing countries. The guidelines are on the website, http://www.alabasterjars.org and the fist volume of the book is on sale at amazon.com (http://amzn.to/alabasterjars)

    Here’s my email: ffkline@gmail.com

  3. You are such a beautiful writer. Most of your posts make me cry for one reason or another, but I love to read them anyway. I am new to this site and I am really enjoying it so far. Thanks for your funny and poignant insights. ☺

  4. Well, you’ve done your job. Just reading the For those of you who are new… section of your blog hit home: …We have a wide and beloved circle of friends and family and believe very strongly in unconditional love, abiding trust, heartfelt conversation, unfettered laughter, abundant social drinking, dancing with reckless abandon, and spicing things up with a bit of profanity as necessary…–I LOVE IT. I will definitely pass your site along. Thanks for the pick-me-up of a common experience, expressed so uncommonly well.

  5. Absolutely your new reader from this day on!! 100% identify with all the words up on your banner, only I am not a writer but consider myself a photographer and lover of all arts there for, I actually do love to write, even crazy totally wrong grammatically speaking but i do try 🙂

    In any case, thank you, I will be reading your posts from now on!

  6. jans55redletters

    Dear Katrina,
    What an inspiration you are, i’ve just read your posts and they make me smile you have put into words what i’ve been trying to do, your letter to your son sums up what I’ve been trying to tell mine for years. and you do have a lovely family who all look so happy, Many Thanks and keep up the good work! Best wishes

  7. I’ve stumbled upon your blog quite by chance and am so glad I did! Just read your letter to your 16 year old son post… wonderful, so much of what I’d like to say to my own sons of 17 and 15. I am very much looking forward to reading more! 🙂

  8. You should write a book. I’d love to read more of your thoughts (even outside of family, friends, and lessons learned).

  9. Glad to have stopped by. Love you blog and always nice to chat with a fellow writer. Sounds like you have a crazy life. I will now go and pour myself a glass of wine.

  10. I just shared the Sisterhood Blogging award with you… given that we seem to be sisters from another mother, and I love your writing, it was an easy choice! All the details are posted at the bottom of my current blog post, on New York City (Bucket List Dream Come True…). Check it out and collect your pretty medal of honor. 😉

  11. I love reading your posts! I’m new here and I’m looking forward to catching up on them all! Thank you!
    -Mom of 4 too! 🙂

  12. Hi Katrina,
    A friend of mine sent along your Slow but Steady article this morning. I love it. I am a 41 year old mother of four who ran her first marathon last year (Boston.) Everything you wrote is so true. It brought tears to my eyes. I found it so ironic that my friend emailed me the link this morning as I walked in from my 5.5 mile run, in the dark with 2 inches of fresh snow. My 11year old daughter asked, how was your run mom? I replied “safe & slow.” 🙂 I’m training for Boston again and I hope to finish this year…..

    1. Hi, Jen! Nice to “meet” you! I love kindred spirits. (And your kids are cuties!) 🙂 I’m so impressed that you’re training for another marathon! I like half-marathons and shorter races, but training for the marathon — at my super slow pace — took soooo much time! Someday, I might do another one, but I’m not sure it’s going to happen any time soon. Good luck with your Boston training… and stay warm in the snow! XO

  13. Hi Katrina. Thanks for sharing your blog via the Literary Mama Facebook post. It looks like you have an excited book project in the works — good luck! I also noticed your “listen to your mother” button — have you participated in one? The LM blog has a series called After Page and I wonder if your experience with “listen to your mother” might have an inspriational/motivational message for our readers. Check out our guidelines for details of what we’re looking for

  14. I saw your guest post on Momastery, so I popped over to your blog. I just wanted to tell you that you are b-e-a-utiful. I truly mean that. Your smile is so captivating! I love the picture of you with your kids! Beautiful writing too!

  15. After reading your article on FB I am certain that you will receive many comments, though few will be from anyone who sees so much of herself/himself in that I do. I now believe what I have known but never accepted for a long time: it will never go away, there are others like me, it is my fault, it is not my fault, it affects more than just me. Thank you for putting it out there so simply.

  16. “If one of my sentences makes you feel like you are not alone in this wide world, then I have done my job.”

    I have only just started reading your work, and you have done your job many times over. Thank you!

  17. Ms. Willis:

    Forgive the intrusion; my name is Gregory Flagler, and I learned about you from a friend of mine named Becca Reed. She mentioned you as one of her favorite authors, and since I am a gambling sort of person I figured I’d reach out.

    I am a self-published author of 5 books, writing since I was 8 years old and decided to see if I anyone would be interested in my work. To be frank, it has been a struggle. It was my hope I could seek some advice on how I could get my work in front of more folks. I love to write, but it is disheartening when no one reads my work. Any advice you could offer would be invaluable to me. I thank you for your time.


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