Month: December 2016

2016 — A Year in Review: Questioning, Writing, Wearing the Ugliest Sweater I’ve Ever Seen and Celebrating the Only First Date I Would Ever Need


For me, it wasn’t long ago that the end of the year meant partying like a rock star deep into the suburban night followed by long, lazy stretches on the couch, burning afternoons away and watching an endless string of romantic comedies on TBS. But now, I’m proud to announce I’m a responsible adult (of […]

Why Traditions Matter (and the greatest gift a gal could ever want)


Christmas Eve has always been my favorite day of the year. The reason– I’ve been fortunate and blessed to be part of a family who has nurtured the family tradition of assembling on Christmas Eve to exchange stories, laughs and gifts for some 40 years. Spearheaded by my grandparents Mike and Doreen, the Stanton (my […]

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Why It’s Important to Burning Burn Boats


If you want to get stuff done, if you want to reach your goals and live a richer, more interesting life you must be willing to “burn your boats”. Now, before you take a Zippo to your ark let me explain. The “burn your boats” philosophy dates back to the 5th BC when Sun Tzu’s […]

Santa Claus is a Drug Dealer


My children are drug addicts. Little blue-eyed, bed-wetting drug addicts. It’s 9:30 pm and Cindy and I are staring at them gaunt-eyed and almost drooling as they buzz around the living room like carpenter bees on crack. Over the next ten minutes either Cindy or I (at this point I don’t know who) bark the […]

Why Fatherhood is Like Being an NFL Quarterback


My beloved Philadelphia Eagles trail their division rivals, the Washington Redskins by 5. There’s 20 seconds on the clock. The Eagles are 5-7, floundering in last place a highly competitive NFC East, with their playoff lives on life support. Our quarterback, our white knight, Carson Wentz the strapping young lad from the North Dakota plains, who after 13 games […]

The Most Important Thing Writing Has Taught Me


The other night, at a little holiday shindig, I got into a discussion about writing with a Kindly Stranger. When K.S. learned that I write, K.S. engaged me in a spirited exchange about our favorite authors, favorite books and why writing can be as therapeutic as island sand between your toes and an umbrellaed drink in […]

‘Tis the Season to Pay it Forward! The I Want to Buy You Coffee Because You’re Awesome Contest is Underway!!!


To quote the esteemed Mrs. Ellen Griswold, “It’s the holiday season and we’re all in misery!” Yes Mrs. G, it is the most wonderful time of the year. A time of freezing rain and traffic and hordes anger soccer moms willing to kill you for the last Hatchimal on the shelf. So to extend the […]

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Images from the Write-a-Thon and to Celebrate I Want to Buy You Coffee, a Book and Dress You Up in a Limited Edition WoFo T-shirt


WoFo’s semi-annual Write-a-Thon was held on Friday, December 9th. In case you’re new to the blog, the Write-a-Thon is an event I host at the high school where I teach, that affords students the opportunity to cultivate creativity and flex their writing muscles in a relaxed, non-threatening, and (hopefully) inspiring environment. Sometimes it’s hard for me as a teacher […]

The four words that changed my life forever (or all the motivation you need right now)


For me, this whole writing business began when a doctor looked at an MRI of my brain, then at the floor, then hard into my eyes and said, “You should be dead.” He then told me there was nothing he, or anyone could do for me. “I’m sorry Mr. Armstrong, you should be dead.” I […]

Having fun with injection drugs (or growing goat horns)


For the last three years I’ve been a bit of a pin cushion. Most doctor appointments involve the rolling of a sleeve, an alcohol swab across the crook of my arm and a little pin prick and a lot of blood giving. And you know what, I happily give. Blood and needles have never really […]