Good Riddance, 2017

I've been blogging for several years now. Some years I write a "year in review" post; others I don't. I was going to skip it this year, but a friend and fellow writer (C. S. Boyack) wrote one, as he does every year, and when I read both his post and the comments, I realized … Continue reading Good Riddance, 2017

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Conversation

It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite holiday films. I was talking to my mom about it the other day, and she said she'd never seen it, although she'd like to. I told her when I saw it run, I'd tell her about it so she could watch it or record it. She said she doesn't … Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life: A Conversation

This Week’s Writing Links

I've been largely absent online this week. It was my daughter's high school commencement, and family has been in town. A great time was had by all. The last of our guests is leaving Friday morning (tomorrow as I write this; today as you read it). They're being incredibly patient with me as I clear … Continue reading This Week’s Writing Links

Finding the Good in the Sad

by Staci TroiloFirst, an announcement. Soon you will have to type the address: to access my site. This will only be temporary while I am in the process of switching over to a new host. Please make note of this change. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and I hope it won't be a lengthy … Continue reading Finding the Good in the Sad

Here We Come A Caroling… Sort of. Won’t You Come With Me?

I have a real honor today. I'm guest posting/visiting on a friend and fellow Tribe Writer's blog talking all about family Christmas traditions. Won't you join me on Joan Hall's site (Joan Hall Writes) as we discuss Christmas and family? Hope to see you there!

Giving Thanks for the Physical

One of my dearest friends from college does something that I’ve always admired (but never managed to emulate) in November. In honor of Thanksgiving, she does a post on Facebook every single day of the month and lists something she’s grateful for. She doesn’t go into detail, and it’s not always something earth-shattering, but for … Continue reading Giving Thanks for the Physical

Lessons from a Photo Album

Today is a special day for me. It’s my 18th wedding anniversary. I looked through my wedding album, trying to find a photo to share, and I noticed how many things have changed. Definitely my appearance. And my husband’s. Everyone’s, really. And I have to say fashion has improved. As have hair styles. I remember … Continue reading Lessons from a Photo Album

Are You Making the Most of Your Relationships?

Something profound happened to me this week, so in lieu of promoting my new book or discussing writing techniques, I’m going to share my story. My daughter is a tennis player. She’s been battling an injury, but she keeps on going. She’s supposed to wear a boot when she isn’t playing, and tape when she … Continue reading Are You Making the Most of Your Relationships?

How to Best Spend your Summer Vacation

Hi everyone! For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook (links can be found by clicking the words or in the side panel), you’ll have noticed that I was silent this past week. Sorry for the disappearance, but I was on vacation. Usually we go to the beach. We’ve been to plenty … Continue reading How to Best Spend your Summer Vacation

Four Words of Wisdom for the Graduate, or the Writer

My daughter graduated middle school this past week. Just putting my age in perspective, when I was in school, you didn’t graduate middle school, you just moved on to the next grade. Kids today celebrate every milestone. In some ways, I kind of think that’s the problem with the younger generation. They get participation trophies … Continue reading Four Words of Wisdom for the Graduate, or the Writer