non sequitur

April 12, 2011

I have been torturing myself for not writing. I recently filled the pages of my moleskin notebook.  For Christmas my darling 10 year old daughter Chloe gave me a beautiful carved leather note book. The problem is the pages are thick and textured, not really conducive to writing – YES! Some people actually still write by hand! So, writing seemed a chore. Today I bought new mole skin note books – they are pink!


At Douglas Byrd Senior High School in the early 80’s my drama teacher, Gail Riddle, had a poster in her classroom. There was a photo of a train track flowing into the sunset, the colors were warm, oranges and browns. The caption on this poster read ”life is a journey, not a destination.” I imagine it was produced in the 70’s.That phrase really resonated with me. I have spent my life trying to embrace the NOW, looking to older women as my role models, always knowing I would improve with age. My own mother was like Madonna in that she was always reinventing herself – well, at least once she gave herself permission to!


What I really realize is that most of what we do is a journey, a process. Writing is also a process. I complained to my writing group – The Morning Write – we meet on Wednesdays – that I had writer’s block. They are so supportive and sweet – that is ok Leigh Anne, you will write. So I went about my day thinking of what to write. I came up with many ideas but I kept getting interrupted by my children, my clients, my husband, my need for sleep.


In the mean time my mind is full of ideas. So here is what you have to look forward to in the coming posts: Nana, the wet nurse my husband’s grandmother was a wet nurse in Italy! I will tell her story as she told it to me.

I will tell you the story of my own experiences with breastfeeding and weaning. I will share the story of my miscarriages – which are important to tell.


There will be more but these are the ideas in my head now. I need to get the children in bed and breakout my pens and my new pink mole skins and you need to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss my storytelling.

I will figure out how to add links somewhere along the line – until then you can remain curious or look things up! (Or tell me how – in easy steps! Hint hint)


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