I Am From…

I am from young love that began with my parents’ first meet cute that blossomed into 54 years of marriage.

I am from a father who loves music, trivia, history, Phillies baseball, and jigsaw puzzles.

I am from a mother who looks for kindness in everyone, beauty in everything, and dreams of a more tolerant world.

I am from a sister who I have a special bond and shared memories with, and a penchant for quoting 80s movies.

I am from parents who believed we were everything and bullies who thought we were nothing.

I am from bouts of depression and anxiety which is under control but rears its ugly head when life becomes too much to handle.

I am from teachers who recognized my gift for the written word since the fourth grade and encouraged me to share it with the world.

I am from the imposter syndrome and self-doubt that plagues every writer, along with the strength to ignore it and write anyway.

I am from a loving Jewish community that raised me, taught me, sustained me, and continues to fulfill me.

I am from a husband who adores and supports me for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.

I am from my children, who have taught me as much as I have taught them, who continue to amaze me, and who are my pride and joy.

I am from my childhood bedroom, where I read books past my bedtime with a flashlight under my pillow.

I am from old friends who have come and gone and those who stayed with me and wish I saw more often.

I am from new friends who I made later in life, share my life with, and can’t live without.

I am from a lifetime of failures I’ve endured and successes I’ve celebrated with the people I love.

Where are you from? Share your thoughts in the comments. 



Jenna’s Room

Last week, Jenna started a new job in Maryland, 100+ miles away from home. In a few weeks, she is moving into an apartment and will make it her own. She will definitely come to visit us on quick trips home and long weekends when she can get away. When she comes home, her bedroom is here for her, but what about the rest of the time?

I’m thinking about the possibilities.

First of all, her closet is huge. Once we clean it out (with her help, of course), I can store things in there that we don’t have a place for right now. And yes, I know that I should declutter and rid myself of the things I no longer need – but that’s not what this post is about. Stay with me. LOL!

She also has an impractical desk in her room that she used on and off to do homework. It’s impractical because there is a hutch and shelves attached to it with very little room to spread out and work. What if I replaced it with a pretty writing desk and dedicated part of that room as my writing studio? It’s the perfect corner of the house for me to think, dream, and write. The big windows look out onto the backyard where many family memories took place. Inspiration galore! And did I mention that Jenna’s room has the one thing every writer needs to shut out any distractions from the real world and write to their heart’s content? It has a door to close.

Believe me when I say that it is not my intention to take over her room or change it into something completely different. I’m not creating an indoor “she-shed” or a workout room. It is still hers for as long as she comes home to enjoy it. Her queen-size bed, cushy throw pillows, wall art, and favorite stuffed animals will still be there. Her stickers and shot glasses will remain by the mirror. I’ll keep whatever she wants to save in her closet and dresser. None of her stuff will be touched – except maybe the desk. I’m sure she won’t mind, and if she does, she will let me know after she reads this post!

What do you think? How did you repurpose your children’s rooms after they left the nest? Let me know in the comments. 

Top 10 Things On My Mind

Every morning, I scroll through my Facebook feed and see a personal question posed to me on my profile.

What’s on your mind, Elisa? 

Oh, Facebook! Thanks for asking. How much time do you have? Luckily, today’s Ultimate Blog Challenge asked us writers to create a top 10 list. So, here are the top 10 things that are on my mind right now.

  1. I can’t buy any books for Amazon Prime Day because I want to stick to No Book-Buy July. But Mama needs a new FitBit!
  2. I decided to update our style guide at work. I thought it would take about an hour, but I was wrong. It took over three hours to complete. I’m happy with the result, and others will be pleased too. Summertime at work is the best time to complete the projects I can’t get to during the busy season.
  3. Along with this blog challenge, I’m doing a step challenge this month. But with these miserably hot and humid days and the torrential rainstorms in my neck of the woods, reaching 10K steps a day is not easy. I need to start pacing around the house to increase my step count!
  4. It gets harder to plan family vacations as the kids get older because — guess what — they have lives! Go figure. One works a full-time job, and the other is a full-time student. I’m starting to miss the days when the kids would just come with us — no questions asked. And it’s just going to get tougher. But I’ll adjust. I always do.
  5. The Supreme Court is starting to piss me off. Not to get too political or anything, but I used to feel protected by the First Amendment, which includes freedom of religion. All religions, not just the majority. I read this op-ed in the New York Times this week, which outlines how recent decisions have sided with the religious right. As a Reform Jew, I can’t help but feel under attack. I miss Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She wouldn’t put up with this crap. This has been on my mind a lot lately. How can it not? (End rant.)
  6. Back to my happy place. I’m starting a new book tonight. Our book club picked “The Maid” by Nita Prose. Has anyone read it? What did you think?
  7. I don’t know what I’m making for dinner this week.
  8. I decided that two writing challenges were too many for me this month. My goal is to write every day, but I can’t write all day and keep up with both groups. So, I’m keeping the Ultimate Blog Challenge and giving up the daily prompt challenge from Philly Writers Workshop. But I am going to their writing class tomorrow night. I can’t stay away too long.
  9. I’ve officially switched from Diet Raspberry Snapple to Turkey Hill Diet Green Iced Tea. This is big news! My addiction to Diet Snapple is legendary. I would drink two or three a day without thinking about it. Now, I can enjoy my diet iced tea without guilt. And some days I don’t drink any iced tea at all. I opt for a Mike’s Hard Lemonade instead. 🙂
  10. If you have commented on any of my blogs, I want to say THANK YOU! I love reading your comments. While writing is my passion, it gets lonely sometimes. Your kind words fill my heart and are greatly appreciated.


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