• Temporary Changes

    September was a real struggle. Between distance learning, taking care of a toddler, finding time to read and blog, and just generally living and keeping 4 people alive and well, I’ve been on the verge of going nuts. It pains me because this blog is a huge source of escape, especially since it’s something that’s just for me, but I really need to step back a little. With our school district looking to try to reopen in November, I’m getting ready to pull my son out and homeschool him instead, while also attempting homeschool preschool with my 3 year old, so I anticipate I’ll be making some fairly long-term temporary…

  • Just a Master of Blog Changes Doing What She Does Best (revisited)

    I can’t believe it’s been a year now since I’ve made these changes to my blog, and they’d stuck! There have been a few minor changes along the way, but, for the most part, this one has stuck. I love supporting authors and feel so blessed to have been entrusted with novel excerpts and guest posts from a number of lovely authors. Originally posted September 3, 2019 As my long-time followers may know, I’m really good about making changes to The Lily Cafe. I suppose you could say it’s kind of my thing. I was hoping my more recent changes would stick. The focus on reading, writing, baking, and motherhood…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #12: a look at the posts I've published in the past 6 weeks and posts from other bloggers that I've enjoyed

    The Lily Cafe Digest #12

    Wow, the summer really flew by, didn’t it? In my last Digest, I mentioned my son had graduated from Kindergarten in June. Now he’s started First Grade. From home, because our school district is smart and decided for an online only start. But it leaves me with less time for my blog since school runs from 9-2:15 and I still have a toddler to take care of. And potty train. Yay. I often wonder these days how students will come out of this, especially as they get older. I wonder at how independent and resilient they might be, how creative and confident in their own abilities. With students on their…

  • Why I Share My Fiction - why I post my writings to my blog for everyone to read

    Why I Share My Fiction

    Once upon a time, The Lily Cafe was a writing blog in 2013-2015. I shared my fiction and some poetry. Most of it’s still there if you’re curious; they’re too much a part of what this blog is for me to want to delete it. When I came back to blogging in 2018, I hoped to find the same writing community I had left. I was a little disappointed. Back then, I had found several writers doing as I was doing and posting their fiction. I “met” Jennifer M. Zeiger at that time, as well as some other writers who no longer blog here, or, at least, not under the…

  • How I’m Coping With the Pandemic

    About 4 months ago, our school district shutdown and we started school from home. About a week after that, our mayor, and then our governor, shut down the county and state, respectively. About a month and a half ago, reopening in our county began. It wasn’t looking good, but it wasn’t horrendous, either. I was actually getting quite excited about all the things I might be able to do in July. Like go to the beach or take my kids to the zoo. Basically anything to get them out and about, at least a little. I had been cautiously optimistic that the numbers would stay low, that it would be kind…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #11 - catch up on my posts from the past 4 weeks and enjoy some from bloggers I follow

    The Lily Cafe Digest #11

    Is it already time for another Digest? Yes, it is! This was a short 4 week round, but July has some big dates for my family, so I’ll be taking the next 2 weeks off. The past four weeks just flew past. My son virtually graduated from Kindergarten, which was different, but still really nice. The teachers had each student record their favorite memory from Kindergarten and it turned out most of my son’s class, including him, really loved math. Mostly, though, I’m astounded by just how quickly he picked up reading. A year ago we were struggling with letter sounds. Now he randomly reads words all over the place.…

  • A Breakdown of Social Media (that I have attempted) (revisited)

    I’m not at all amazed that my feelings about social media have not changed in the approximate two years it’s been since this first posted. I guess I’m just not a social media person, but I keep the accounts around just in case. Do feel free and stop by, but I can never guarantee there will be anything new or interesting any time soon. First published June 26, 2018 I am not the most enthusiastic fan of social media. I’m still not. It was a huge time waster years ago and I often found myself not caring about what people I barely knew were doing today, yesterday, or a minute ago. Still…

  • A Brief Tour of Some Changes

    I mentioned before my break that there would be changes to this blog. I’m delighted that almost all of it has been done, though it was all extremely easy and absolutely makes my life as a blogging mom so much easier. It also gives me more time to read, which is amazingly nice. The Mother’s Corner is Semi-Closed As I mentioned, I’m cutting back on the motherhood posts. The Mother’s Corner is still accessible, but I won’t be posting my Finding Magic in Motherhood series anymore, nor will I be posting quite as many parenting-related posts. As much as I had enjoyed writing about being a mom, I don’t find…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #10 - catch up on blog posts from the past 6 weeks and enjoy some posts from bloggers I follow

    The Lily Cafe Digest #10

    Wow, an entire cycle of 6 weeks of posting done completely during the quarantine/isolation/stay at home thing because of COVID-19. It’s been…something. Fun some days, not so fun other days. It all depends on whether or not the Kindergartener wants to do school from home that day and whether the toddler has sufficient activities to get her through a morning where I have to teach her older brother. But I haven’t completely lost my mind. Yet. I mean, California isn’t as bad as it could be thanks to our governor and the mayor of LA county. We shut down quickly and now our county is slowly reopening. The school year,…

  • To Be Like a Dolphin - blog changes coming

    To Be Like a Dolphin

    Last year, or maybe the year before, my husband took us to see a film at our Natural History Museum. I don’t really remember which one it was or what it was about, but I do remember something about one type of dolphin. They live in not quite friendly waters, where the waves are large and a bit dangerous. But they thrive in it. They can be seen jumping and playing and having fun. As dangerous as their home may be, they still prefer to have fun. For a long time, I would think about them and motherhood. Being a mom isn’t easy, but, if dolphins can live with a…