Do Not Surrender to the Mom Jeans
I recently revisited this article at Rocket City Mom while revamping my portfolio. I was thrilled (and a little shocked) to see that my little lament on "mom fashion" had received 35 Facebook Likes! Connecting with people is a reason that I started blogging several years ago. Making readers laugh is one of the greatest feelings in the world. I have often found that it is easier to get your point across with a joke and a smile.
Madison City Schools conducting fundraising campaign for St. Jude children
I decided early on that I would approach writing for the newspaper differently than I did penning my online humor pieces. In the humor pieces, I could let my personality burst through the lines, but the newspaper articles were not about me. In my print articles, I try to include as many quotes from interviewees as possible, because I feel that they can tell their stories much better than I. I am simply a conduit.
Teatime in the Toilet
This story is not for the faint of heart. While writing, I worried about grossing out RCM's readership or embarrassing my tenderhearted daughter. After discussing my concerns with my husband, I decided to finish the story, but omit her name to avoid any embarrassing Googling a decade from now. I could just imagine a potential employer Googling her name and finding this lament on her toddler toilet escapades!
Elementary storybook garden honors teacher
I will be honest: I cried when I wrote this. When I received this assignment from Madison Weekly News, I proceeded as I usually do, emailing my contact person and sending her a list of questions. Her answers brought me to tears. This was not just a story to Tasha, this was a labor of love for her best friend. My main goal was to capture the admiration and love that Monrovia Elementary felt for Jill.