When my fourth grade teacher defined loquacious for the class, he used me as an example. Every report card contained a less-than-outstanding on "quiet and pays attention in class." I've always been a talker, and I've always been pretty open about my thoughts and feelings. I work through problems best by talking about them. Now I talk about them here.
I started this blog because I wanted to improve my writing. I knew myself well enough to know that, while a journal might seem an obvious choice, I never would follow through with it. If, however, someone else might be reading, I'd be more likely to continue. And so, Flotsam of the Mind was born late one night when my family was asleep. I prefer to think of it as an ongoing dialogue with my readers, not my internal monologue put into print.
You will find a little bit of a lot of things here. My tag line pretty well covers it: "A little DIY and photography, a lot of parenting, and mulling over questions large and small. Kind of like real life." If I want to talk through an issue with my best friend, show my parents something I've created, or laugh about a topic at the next book club meeting, it usually shows up here first.
I am a forty-something stay-at-home mother of two school-age children. I was a corporate lawyer in my former life, but my job title has now been Mom longer than it was Associate. I grew up in the Midwest, went to school in the Southeast, and have since lived in Atlanta, Northern California, Chicago and now Rhode Island.
I am an aspiring photographer and a lover of books. I find organizing and painting walls therapeutic and tend to split my Me Time among a good book, this blog, my camera, and DIY projects around the house. I likely spend far too much time reading other blogs and posting on Facebook (the Flotsam of the Mind page is here). While I have many pet peeves, the greatest is my intolerance for improper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. If you ever catch a mistake on my blog, please bring it to my attention.
Those are the things I choose to do when I can, but my primary job is Mom. Much of what appears here arises from my daily work at that job--the most challenging and rewarding job I've ever had. If you have any wisdom to share, I'd love to hear it.
Welcome. Glad to have you here. Let's chat.
Recovering lawyer, mom, aspiring photographer, book lover, organization freak, DIYer, and blogger at www.flotsamofthemind.com.
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