Commemorating 11 Years of Blogging and a New Beginning

On November 6, I turned 45. In December, Leah’s Thoughts will be 11 years old. That means I’ve been writing this blog since I was 34! That’s crazy to me, and to think about my life then and now, and how much it’s changed. In November 2009, I was living in San Diego and working […]

Running and Writing: Lessons in Control, Inspiration and Solace

“Writing and running are dual pursuits that enable the illusion of control, a way of ordering the world through carefully crafted sentences and mile splits.” I didn’t write that sentence, but I easily could have; because I share those exact sentiments. Those words were written by Jaclyn Gilbert in an essay entitled “The Need for […]

Celebrating a Decade of Blogging

I went in to write my annual “blog-versary” post to commemorate ten years of blogging and it hit me: Not only is this ten years of blogging, but I started this blog on the dawn of a new decade. Ten years ago this week — on December 21, 2009 — I published my first blog […]

The Art of Intuitive Interviewing

I spent quite a bit of time over the last few weeks interviewing six community leaders for a local newspaper feature. I’ve been asked several times how to interview people and what questions should you ask to get the right responses. Those are hard questions for me to answer, but have led me to think […]

A Gift Guide for Writers: 6 Ideas for a Writer’s Wish List

I’m guessing many of you fall into two camps when it comes to holiday gift-giving. The first camp is always looking for ideas for family and friends. The second camp includes people that have yet to compile a wish list detailing the things you want. In the spirit of giving, here are six items that will […]

“Charlotte’s Web” and the Power of Words

Recently, I found myself thinking about E.B. White’s classic children’s story, “Charlotte’s Web.” I’d venture to guess that most of us have either read the book or seen a movie version. Personally, I’m partial to the 1973 animated version featuring the brilliant music by the Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert Sherman, most famous for their […]

Receiving and Giving the Key to Unlocking the Door to Writing

When I was in the third grade, my teacher gave us a creative writing assignment. It was the month of December and we had to write a story about Christmas. That was the only prompt I can recall, 35 years after the fact. Although I do remember Mrs. Simmons, my older, red-haired teacher with a […]

Looking Back at Nine Years of Writing This Blog

Nine years ago this week — on December 21, 2009 — I published my first blog post and Leah’s Thoughts was born. I like to think of it as the day I began writing my own story. At the time, I was 34-years-old and a fairly new mom with a 2-year-old daughter. I was working […]

Why Every Writer Needs Their Own Writers’ Room

When I tell people I’m a writer, the response is usually something like this: “That’s so cool, but I could never be a writer. I couldn’t sit alone all day and just write.” People often picture a writer as the solitary Ernest Hemingway sitting at his desk with only a typewriter and a bottle of […]