Reading & Writing

Writer, Juggler, Mom: An Interview with Leyna Krow

When I read a book, I can tell you whether or not I’ll like the writer, especially if it’s short stories. The sense of humor, the timing, the depth of the characters: they all reflect on the writer herself.

I’m not talking about “likeability,” a term that seems to imply characters must be nice. Screw nice. I want “interesting.”

Well, there’s no one more interesting than Leyna Krow. No one. In the whole universe. Read her book, and you’ll know it. Read this interview, and you’ll know it times two. Continue reading “Writer, Juggler, Mom: An Interview with Leyna Krow”

Friends & Family

The Boy Gives Thanks

IMG_0887.jpgEarlier this month, I met Sam for coffee and conversation.

Mommy: Thank you so much for meeting me here. I know you have a busy schedule.

Sam: I’m just thankful for talking to something that’s really good.

M: You know, that segues nicely into what I wanted to talk about. We’re coming up on Thanksgiving, as you know, and I’m so curious–what are you thankful for? Continue reading “The Boy Gives Thanks”

Friends & Family

The Boy Discusses the Holidays

img_0531Mom: Are you excited about Christmas?

Boy: No Christmas!

Mom: What do you want for Christmas?

Boy: No want Christmas!

Mom: Did you ask Santa?

Boy: NO!!!

Mom: Do you like Christmas cookies?

Boy: No–uh, yes. Sam take a bit of them. Sam take a bite of cookie. Sam take a bite of cake.

Mom: What’s your favorite flavor?

Boy: Chocolate cake. Mama, Chocolate cake. Chocolate cake.

Mom: Do you like frosting?

Boy: Yes. Sam like frosting. Please, Mama, please.

Mom: Should we bake something today?

Boy: Bake chocolate cake. Do doggy’s house for dinner.

Mom: Doggy’s house?

Boy: Doggy’s house. Sam go Snoopy’s house. Sam take Snoopy’s house for dinner.

Mom: You want to make a cake that looks like Snoopy’s house?

Boy: Sam make bread. Snoopy wear chef’s hat. Cook.

Mom: Are you going to help me make Christmas dinner?

Boy: Sam make bananas. I make bananas.

Mom: What else?

Boy: Sam make chocolate cake flavor for Sam’s birthday. Sam trade with mama.

Mom: Trade?

Boy: …

Mom: Should we put on some Christmas music?

Boy: Yes.

Mom: What’s your favorite Christmas song.

Boy: Rudolph. Sam say, “Alexa, play some Christmas music.”

Mom: OK

Boy: Alexa, play jazz Christmas music.

(Commence dancing. End conversation.)