Author: Brooke

Suddenly, I’ve Become A Big Cry Baby

I didn’t cry for years. I willed my body not to. You know how some people pick out a tear jerker and sit down to have a cry? Not me. When I unknowingly began to watch Sarafina – a Whoopi Goldberg movie! – and realized what I had gotten myself into – off. I did not want to cry, ever, under any circumstances. I joked that I couldn’t afford to risk further dehydration. I suppose I reached a point of critical mass with the stress in my life, and I knew one drop would release a torrent, so I...

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5 Reasons Why I Love The Pearls of Islam

There is always a chance this will change next time around, and maybe especially because our Quran facilitator was out this summer otherwise it easily  could have been a tie, but currently my very favorite activity from The Big Reconnect Maximized Mini Retreat London 2018 is drumming with The Pearls of Islam. Admittedly, during our first jam session in 2017 I was a bit preoccupied with fangirling, as well being in work mode, so I knew their drumming workshop was great and well-received, but wasn’t able to revel in it as much as I did this year. This year...

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Living Abroad: For the Last Time – I Chose This, I Choose This

I hate it when I don’t take my own advice. I suggest to readers of my book that they do not discuss their choice to homeschool with antagonistic people. That includes people previously known (family!) to be antagonistic or just generally likely to be (strangers) when we consider most people aren’t comfortable with the idea. Okay, I haven’t really gone against my advice, but I need to add another subject to my list of things I won’t discuss with nearly anyone: my choice to live abroad.   I have come to loathe this topic. Last week, while my kids...

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ESSEX & ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOP IN AUGUST!

Writing The Deeply Personal A Creative Writing Workshop We all have great stories to tell, but sometimes the other people in those stories would rather we didn’t. Or maybe we don’t want to reveal some crucial aspects of ourselves in our own story. This stuff is complicated. In Writing the Deeply Personal Workshop we will learn to work through those complications and write our stories. *** Deeply Personal doesn’t not necessarily mean “gut-wrenching, trauma-fueled.” In my case, I have four teenagers who do not like to be included in my writing (not even like this!). As I frequently write...

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