Where Are the Parents?

I think that one thing all young adult readers end up wondering at one point is a simple yet relevant question: where are the parents?

We see this all of the time, whether the parents are dead or just….not there. Non-functioning human beings who couldn’t seem to care less about what their kids are doing.

I’d like to look at a few different examples.


Brain Food for Writers — Eggs in Hell

Writers need food… much as we’d like to think we survive on chocolate, coffee and ideas. The thing about food is that it shouldn’t just be anything being thrown into the body. This is why “brain food” is so important.

Okay, not just for writers but readers, students or anyone relying on the ability to think clearly and quickly. I have a treat for you that doesn’t involve the word “granola” or “diet”.


Weaving the Words

I spent an evening with a friend tonight–one I haven’t seen in years but have kept in tenuous contact through the wonder of Facebook. We shared a glass of wine and caught up with all the things that we couldn’t share online.

She knows, and probably always knew, that I’m a writer by trade and while talk would soon turn to that, what we talked about tonight was the reason for my visit–weaving. Yes, the same type of weaving that is used to create fabric. Only, instead of it being about fabric swatches from a large supplier and from a factory, Jo is an actual weaver. She has a few looms of her own that sit in her home. Some of them are portable (she loaned me one tonight) and others not so portable.


May Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You’ve been feeling disconnected lately from your fellow man. Don’t let your independent nature alienate you from your community. Your strength and assertiveness are powerful assets to mend yourself and your world. Reflect upon your own life by looking out into the world. Read Ghettoside by Jill Leovy.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You’ve got romance on your mind. Don’t let it distract you from the more nuanced parts of life. Take time to appreciate minor joys and relish in the brevity of the moment. Keep your feet grounded but let your head linger in the clouds. Read The Convalescent by Jessica Anthony.