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Mommy Bloggers R Us... Sort Of by Marjorie Osterhout from Dear Marjo

Dear Marjo,
I've been a "mommy blogger" for four years. I love writing about my child's antics (funny and not-so-funny) and about my own journey as a new mother.

Holiday Lights by Avery Fischer Udagawa from Four Worlds

Our family marked the day in Bangkok by splurging on imported turkey and listing items we were thankful for in Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes. But our timer-photo shows just four of us, far from relatives like those in Doris Barrette’s cozy illustrations.

Reader Response to Pruning: Centering Your Writing Around Its Roots by Cassie Premo Steele from Birthing the Mother Writer

Last month’s “Birthing the Mother Writer” column asked readers to submit poems in the tradition of Dickinson, Rich, Rukeyser, and Olds whose poetry prunes away the hopes and fantasies of mothering and instead comes from the rich roots of the whole mothering self, in all its mess and dirt and imperfection.

LITERARY REFLECTIONS

Marmee Through the Window by Elizabeth M. Priest

“Moooomm!” No doubt about it. I knew that wail anywhere. My maternal instincts had my feet on the floor and my body moving down the hall before my brain had fully registered all the possibilities of what might be wrong. By the time I reached her bedside, I had considered a list that included insomnia, nightmares, and the flu.

Writing Prompt: Marmee Through The Window by Elisabeth M. Priest by Heidi Scrimgeour

Marmee Through The Window by Elisabeth M. Priest is this month's Literary Reflections essay. It's an unusual love story, touching on both a mother's love for her feverish daughter, and that same mother's heart connection with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

Now Reading:December 2013 by Libby Maxey

I don’t suppose I can say that I am “now reading” anything, since I can’t seem to get around to the books that I was reading only a few weeks ago, and what I do get around to reading on any given day tends to be a picture book about Christmas.

REVIEWS

Memoirs for New Christian Moms: A Review of Random MOMents of Grace and A Good and Perfect Gift by Avery Fischer Udagawa

Becoming a mother changed and charged my faith life. I went from worshiping at church and lingering over spiritual memoirs at home—especially books by Anne Lamott and Kathleen Norris—to missing sermons for time in the nursery and streaming Bible webcasts in the kitchen. Gospel on the go.


The Literary Mama Blog Editor searches for mama-centric news you can use — including information about publishing opportunities and literacy efforts; essays and writing prompts that motivate and inspire; and announcements about events, classes, and workshops. The current blog editors are Laura Roberts and Rudri Patel; read their bios here and here.


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