I don’t know how your 2017 has been, but mine has been lousy and here comes 2018! I am a firm believer that we have agency in our own lives, and we make choices all the time. Sometimes they’re good choices, sometimes not, and sometimes what seems like a good choice turns out not so […]

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I used to write. In fact, I wrote here, on this very blog, at least twice a week. I did take a few breaks, over the past four years and almost 600 posts, but this latest hiatus feels different. I feel like writing as a practice is a distant memory, and until today I had […]

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  • September 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

    Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - I’m certain you will continue to write. The words are there and they will flow when it is their time. Until then, just be patient with yourself. In fact – I just saw what popped up on the comment luv below. Read that.ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2017 - 10:59 am

    Sara - Cooking and writing consume me too:)I have always enjoyed your posts on YeahWrite and to me you are a writer.Please don’t let that go.ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2017 - 12:11 am

    Natasha Sinha - Keep writing. It’s catharsis to the soul. I am what I am today because I write. Write even if it means writing a line or two every day. It will prove to be your happy haven on earth.
    More power to your pen!


  • September 14, 2017 - 9:57 am

    Rowan - It’s funny, because the minute I saw your name on the grid I thought “yay, Nancy’s back!” It feels like everyone’s struggling to get words out lately. And then when we *do* take breaks, the pressure to have some sort of amazing “comeback” essay makes it even harder. The important thing is, writer can just be part of who we are. It doesn’t have to be the only thing – we’d be terribly boring if it was. Writer. Blonde (for now). 5’8″ tall. Recovering nailbiter. It’s another tick on the list, not something you have to devote your every waking moment to in order for it to still be true.ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2017 - 6:01 pm

    Stacie - I so hear you on this. I haven’t written anything but stitch fix reviews in forever. It’s nice to have you back, and I hope to see more of you on the grids!ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2017 - 10:24 pm

    Margaret - I, too, am glad you’re back!ReplyCancel

8My family isn’t Greek by heritage, though I would say I was raised in a house that embraced all things Grecian, from art and literature to cuisine.  My mom used to read to us from D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, something that served me well as an art history major in college. Not only did we […]

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I have a love-hate relationship with it, but lately, I’ve been entertaining the notion of decorating my body. Suddenly I find myself seriously considering getting a tattoo. Almost everyone I know between ages 20 and 40 has one, but I am a generation removed from them. When in my thirties I decided— OK, was dared to […]

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  • August 9, 2017 - 10:21 pm

    Margaret - Full disclosure: I have no tattoos, but have discussed them many times with my kids. They had their reasons for their tattoos. Your reason strikes me as uplifting and beautiful. Whether or not you choose to do it, I am positive that you are worthy of decoration.
    From a writing standpoint, this is one of your best. Several lines stood out for me. “What would happen if I decided to embellish a small piece of it?” “But still I waver.” “A tattoo is an invitation to look at me…” Lovely piece.ReplyCancel

    • August 10, 2017 - 6:53 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Margaret, thanks so much! ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2017 - 12:30 am

    kalpana solsi - Hindus pierce their babies’s earlobes at birth. It is a custom. Some communities have permanent tattos on their bodies mostly of their Gods, or dots or lines. I have never had a tatto in my life and never never thought of getting one. maybe this post will shift my thinking gear.ReplyCancel

    • August 10, 2017 - 6:54 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Kalpana, In have surprised myself with this! ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2017 - 10:12 am

    Sara - Go for it!As I am growing older, I am thinking of trying things I have so far been only thinking about.Loved your writing-the crunch of Fritos is going to stay in my head:)ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2017 - 12:52 pm

    Risa - I have a beautiful bluebird of happiness tattoo. It’s where I can see it (opposite my appendectomy scar!) to remind me every day that the possibility of happiness is always with me. I got mine when my daughter got one (Mommy and Me tattoos?), and we had a nice bonding experience over the pain! I’m 65, got my bluebird 2 years ago. No regrets!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2017 - 1:35 pm

    Emgee - I like this piece! My wife loves getting tattoos, and I still have yet to get one of my own. Many of your thoughts are ones I’ve entertained myself!

    I will say – the idea of getting a whisk tattoo as a personal symbol sounds awesome. Perhaps it could be a reminder of whipping your life into shape? Stirring yourself into action? I can’t help but think of the symbolism behind a whisk now!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2017 - 2:50 pm

    Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Personally, I have no desire to tattoo any part of me for any reason. I just don’t understand the attraction, but if people enjoy it, so be it. This is a great little peek inside the decision process. Loved this line – “…but I think my corn stripper would make an odd tattoo.” Laughed right out loud.
    Good luck with your decision!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2017 - 3:14 pm

    Amy - I enjoyed following along in your thought processes; you had good premises for both pros and cons. I like the acknowledgment that it’s really about the act of making decisions and perhaps the decision has actually already been made. I think we can be led astray by waiting for a good feeling to accompany a decision. Of course, in terms of tattoos, maybe it’s reasonable to expect a good feeling beforehand. Always love reading your stuff.ReplyCancel

    • August 10, 2017 - 4:45 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks so much Amy!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2017 - 7:05 am

    Michelle Longo - I have 5 tattoos and cannot wait to get more. I work in a stuffy office, so I have to be careful with how bold I am (mine are foot, lower quadrant of my back, shoulder, and pelvis), but someday I’m hoping to have many visible ones on my arms. I’m always pro-tattoo and I love your idea of a whisk. If you do it, I want to hear about it! Regarding the writing, this flowed well and had a stream-of-consciousness feel while still maintaining good writing. It’s lyrical. Well done.ReplyCancel

    • August 11, 2017 - 7:11 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Michelle. If I do get it I’m sure I’ll be writing about it.ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2017 - 2:12 pm

    Meghan Sara - I vote YAY! Not everyone has regret with their tattoos. I’ve gotten big ones in very visible places and I don’t regret it at all. I’d rather regret NOT doing it, you know? And you are SO WORTHY of decoration! Go get yours!ReplyCancel

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