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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll put your feet up and stay for awhile. This is, after all, a place for friends to gather.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a writer. Words are my constant companion, my solace, my connection to humanity. I write because I must, but I also write to share a common experience. If one of my sentences makes you feel like you are not alone in this wide world, then I have done my job. We have so much to share as human beings, don’t we?

Now pour a glass of Cabernet and enjoy!

For those of you who are new, please let me introduce myself. I have been married to the love of my life for 19 years, by his side for 26. Chris and I are the parents of four very fun, unique, and vibrant kids we call Sam, Gus, Mary Claire, and George. Add our canine companions, Maggie and Lucy, to the mix, and life around here pretty much resembles a three-ring circus. We have a wide and beloved circle of friends and family and believe very strongly in unconditional love, abiding trust, heartfelt conversation, unfettered laughter, abundant social drinking, dancing with reckless abandon, and spicing things up with a bit of profanity as necessary.
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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. - William Wordsworth
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. -Anaïs Nin
A family is a unit composed not only of children, but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. - Ogden Nash

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45 Responses to Home

  1. Kathy Vahle says:

    Katrina,
    You make me laugh in the best way. Your writing is amazing.
    Kathy Vahle (Greenfield)

  2. twocentsplus says:

    your words paint a great picture

  3. bubbe says:

    I LOVE the Ogden Nash quote – LOL! And I look forward to reading your posts as time allows (The Powers That Be frown on that sort of thing at work but I try to sneak it in here and there :).

  4. moonshinemillie says:

    You sound like a kindred spirit! I’m new to the blog experience, and I’m enjoying peeking in on yours!

  5. Fylvia says:

    I’ve been browsing through your posts and invite you to write for the second volume of a Alabaster Jars, a compilation or readings and stories. There are several in your blog that we could use or you can write us a fresh one.

    The proceeds of the book sales go towards women’s literacy projects in developing countries. The guidelines are on the website, http://www.alabasterjars.org and the fist volume of the book is on sale at amazon.com (http://amzn.to/alabasterjars)

    Here’s my email: ffkline@gmail.com

  6. You are such a beautiful writer. Most of your posts make me cry for one reason or another, but I love to read them anyway. I am new to this site and I am really enjoying it so far. Thanks for your funny and poignant insights. ☺

  7. tracye1 says:

    Katrina, I am thrilled to have come upon your blog and I love it so much I am nominating you for the Versatile blogger award, http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/. I’m sure you hear it all the time on how great your writing is, however, I don’t think you could ever hear it enough and I look forward to following your success! Blessings!

  8. just wanted to say I like your blog and you have a wonderful looking family :)

  9. Robert says:

    Well, you’ve done your job. Just reading the For those of you who are new… section of your blog hit home: …We have a wide and beloved circle of friends and family and believe very strongly in unconditional love, abiding trust, heartfelt conversation, unfettered laughter, abundant social drinking, dancing with reckless abandon, and spicing things up with a bit of profanity as necessary…–I LOVE IT. I will definitely pass your site along. Thanks for the pick-me-up of a common experience, expressed so uncommonly well.

  10. awayathomemom says:

    Happy to have found your site. My husband is a die hard MS State fan (and I am by association). Hurray for the 3-0 start to the season for the Bulldogs!

  11. Don’t know how I missed this but glad you will be here!

  12. Hi Katrina
    I found you over on KOM. You have a lovely home here, I love the picture of your family and look forward to reading more.
    Best regards,
    Angela

  13. Absolutely your new reader from this day on!! 100% identify with all the words up on your banner, only I am not a writer but consider myself a photographer and lover of all arts there for, I actually do love to write, even crazy totally wrong grammatically speaking but i do try :)

    In any case, thank you, I will be reading your posts from now on!

  14. jans55redletters says:

    Dear Katrina,
    What an inspiration you are, i’ve just read your posts and they make me smile you have put into words what i’ve been trying to do, your letter to your son sums up what I’ve been trying to tell mine for years. and you do have a lovely family who all look so happy, Many Thanks and keep up the good work! Best wishes
    Jan

  15. I’ve stumbled upon your blog quite by chance and am so glad I did! Just read your letter to your 16 year old son post… wonderful, so much of what I’d like to say to my own sons of 17 and 15. I am very much looking forward to reading more! :)

  16. I just got so lost in reading your posts… I was LOL!!! really I was.. I will return and read more. promise.

  17. Judith says:

    You should write a book. I’d love to read more of your thoughts (even outside of family, friends, and lessons learned).

  18. macbeauty07 says:

    Hey, Katrina! I love your blog. Its amazing.

  19. Sandra says:

    Glad to have stopped by. Love you blog and always nice to chat with a fellow writer. Sounds like you have a crazy life. I will now go and pour myself a glass of wine.

  20. I just shared the Sisterhood Blogging award with you… given that we seem to be sisters from another mother, and I love your writing, it was an easy choice! All the details are posted at the bottom of my current blog post, on New York City (Bucket List Dream Come True…). Check it out and collect your pretty medal of honor. ;-)

  21. Beth says:

    I love your writing!

  22. Diane says:

    Beautifully written.

  23. Ali says:

    Thanks for helping me remember what is truly important!

  24. Michelle says:

    I love reading your posts! I’m new here and I’m looking forward to catching up on them all! Thank you!
    -Mom of 4 too! :)

  25. Stephanie Cerney says:

    This really spoke to me today, thank you!

  26. Hi,
    I’m planning another anthology this year and would love you to submit. Please email me–
    lisakwinkler@gmail.com

  27. Hi Katrina,
    A friend of mine sent along your Slow but Steady article this morning. I love it. I am a 41 year old mother of four who ran her first marathon last year (Boston.) Everything you wrote is so true. It brought tears to my eyes. I found it so ironic that my friend emailed me the link this morning as I walked in from my 5.5 mile run, in the dark with 2 inches of fresh snow. My 11year old daughter asked, how was your run mom? I replied “safe & slow.” :) I’m training for Boston again and I hope to finish this year…..

    • Hi, Jen! Nice to “meet” you! I love kindred spirits. (And your kids are cuties!) :) I’m so impressed that you’re training for another marathon! I like half-marathons and shorter races, but training for the marathon — at my super slow pace — took soooo much time! Someday, I might do another one, but I’m not sure it’s going to happen any time soon. Good luck with your Boston training… and stay warm in the snow! XO

  28. Mark says:

    I always enjoy your blog, so I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Yes, I know it’s a bit strange to have this coming from a guy, but in the world of blogging, you know how it goes.

    Here’s a link: http://holdingtogetherthejello.com/2014/03/10/sisterhood-award-and-yes-i-know-im-a-man/

    I hope your week is off to a good start.

    Mark

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