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Only Ain't Lonely by Marjorie Osterhout from Dear Marjo
Dear Marjo, My husband and I have an only child. I’d love to have more, but we can’t because of secondary infertility. This has been unbelievably sad for us, but we’re trying to accept it and find ways to be happy with our family the way it is.

T-Shirt Time Machine by Ona Gritz from Doing It Differently
Less than six weeks until he heads off to college. Less than eight until I pack up our apartment, which has been my home for the last 21 years and Ethan's forever, to move in with Dan.

We Need Translated Books by Avery Fischer Udagawa from Four Worlds
As I translate this piece, I wonder whether it will see print in English.

Meatless in Seattle by Marjorie Osterhout from Dear Marjo
Dear Marjo, I’ve been blindsided by something I never predicted, never mind planned for: kid birthday parties. I feel stupid even writing this, because seriously, how hard can it be to go to a kid’s party?


Now Reading: July 2014 by Libby Maxey
If you’ve already reached the bottom of your beach bag (or camp bag or sitting-in-the-parking-lot-waiting-for-your-kids bag), our editors have some exciting suggestions for replenishing it.

Writing Together by Stacey Loscalzo
We were given prompts, but even these are not specific enough to get me through this writer’s block. Any idea that comes to me seems trivial and boring. Why can’t I come up with a single original idea? And who would want to read what I write anyway?

Writing Prompt: Writing Together by Stacey Loscalzo by Libby Maxey
Stacey Loscalzo wants to write, tries to write and, at first, can't write. Many of us can identify with the writer's block out of which her essay, Writing Together, arises.


A Prayer for My Unemployed Son by Karen Stromberg

Expression by Kristin Genevieve Farris

Recognition by Carla Drysdale

Hunting Goldfish by April Salzano

Arriving Late to the Orchard by Melanie Burdick

Grace by Jennifer L. Freed


A Conversation with Jenn Crowell by Kristen Witucki
Writer Kristen Witucki spoke with Jenn about her choice of writing fiction, mothering while living with a mental illness, the value of teachers, and how motherhood has shaped her as a writer.

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 editor is Bridget Lillethorup; read her bio here

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