I’m back!


I hadn’t actually meant to take the summer off from blogging, but somehow life felt too big to condense into manageable blog posts, so I remained silent here.

It was a busy summer, one that held a mix of happy and sad, relaxed and hectic. Donny and I painted the living room and stairway and upstairs hall, which took what felt like forever. We also spent lots of time with family and friends and on small and large adventures with the girls. We were in town and out of town. I did lots editing, working on many fine manuscripts with many fine writers. And I spent time thinking about big stuff—life, death, that sort of thing. My step-brother, Brett, died on July 1 after an 8-month battle with stomach cancer, and it was just sad, really sad. He was only 47 years old. So this summer I thought a lot about Brett and about the fact that nothing in life is guaranteed.

I do want to revisit some of my thoughts on this summer. I want to write about what home has come to mean to me, and also about how humbled I was earlier this month when I celebrated a decade of Motherhood & Words with some of my first M&W students. I’ll revisit these things in the coming weeks as I settle back into my work routine in my tiny office that is once again quiet. I hope you’ll join me again and forgive my long absence. I look forward to reconnecting!


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love.

  2. Welcome back. Sorry to hear about Brett- such losses lead us to reexamine life- as you say, now guarantees. Hugs.

  3. I’m so so sorry for your loss. Cancer blows. Sending love and yes, I can’t wait to read more of your thoughts. xxk

  4. Sorry for your loss, Kate. Cancer is really hard and it sucks. Glad you took time off to be with family. Happy to see you back here.

  5. Dear Kate – so many of your feelings and experiences this summer ring true for me as well. It does feel good to get back to writing though after long periods of life feeling so big and complex. xo

  6. Welcome back, Kate! I’m sorry about Brett. How sad for everyone who knew and loved him.
    Taking time off from writing to live your life and process big events is also part of the writing process, as you know. I can’t wait to read what results from your experiences and thoughts this summer!

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