Katy Bourne


We are Awesome & Other Thoughts for the New Year

POSTED ON December 31, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment
 

The New Year is here. It’s time to take a few deep breaths, square our shoulders and get it on. I’m feeling stupidly optimistic about the year ahead. Here are ten thoughts going in:   Weird is better than humorless. Experts agree. So, if you feel that special inclination, go for it. You’re not getting ... Read More

For Your Tender Heart at Christmas

POSTED ON December 22, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 5 Comments
 

I must concede that Christmas is indeed the most magical time of the year. Between the cheery lights, the upbeat snap in the air and the bright faces of excited children, there’s an inescapable wonder to it all. Whether you believe or not, even the elegant mystery of the Nativity can stir the most cynical ... Read More

Racism & Me

POSTED ON December 02, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 4 Comments
 

Although I’ve thought about it about a lot, I’ve never written about racism. For starters, I wasn’t sure I had the right. But even more, I’ve been too afraid: afraid of creating more pain and anger, afraid of my own ignorance, afraid of exposing less than desirable parts of myself. But in light of recent events ... Read More

10 Alternatives to Losing Your Mind on Thanksgiving

POSTED ON November 26, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

  Uh oh, here comes Thanksgiving. I personally dig it. I love the lazy hang and the big feed. But for a lot of folks, this holiday has the potential for all kinds of trouble. Between trying relatives, disasters in the kitchen, overcharged expectations and bad behavior from inebriates and other ne’re do wells, the ... Read More

The Rat Debacle

POSTED ON November 19, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

This all started with a very large bag of flour. A few months ago, my 21-year old son Emmett and his friend Tucker needed a kitchen to make some bagels for a potential business venture they were considering. Although Emmett has his own apartment, he doesn’t cook there–too many cockroaches. (At one point or another, most ... Read More

The Unexpected Empty Nest: 12 Tips for Mom Blues

POSTED ON November 09, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

Circumstances have a way of taking unforeseen turns and sometimes we find ourselves in a situation of living apart from our minor children. There can be a multitude of reasons–divorce, financial issues, geographical moves or even the kid’s own choice–but typically this is not the scenario we’d envisioned when we became mothers. We imagined that ... Read More

Rebel Soul

POSTED ON November 03, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 2 Comments
 

My mom did not get me. The showdown started early. Mom wanted a baby doll of a little girl whom she could adorn in frilly dresses and patent leather Mary Janes. She dreamt of kempt hair with cute ribbons. What she got, however, was chubby, messy me. I was my own little animal with a bit ... Read More

Don’t Be a Dick on Facebook

POSTED ON October 21, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

There was some pushing, shoving and panty bunching on Facebook over the past weekend. It resulted in a few folks getting their feathers ruffled and one angry boy taking his ball and going home. Sigh. It all started with football. When the Seahawks play, several people, myself included, post commentary throughout the game. It’s an odd ... Read More

10 Things to Do Instead of Worrying About Ebola

POSTED ON October 17, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 3 Comments
 

  Ebola has arrived in the U.S. and for the past few weeks, ever since Thomas Duncan was admitted to that Dallas hospital, we’ve been barraged with increasingly histrionic, 24-hour Ebola coverage. As more people become infected, a sense of unease intensifies. The media is slobbering all over this one, accentuating each report with pictures ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Surrender

POSTED ON October 06, 2014 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment
 

My brain has been sitting across the room from me with its arms folded. It’s not given up anything: a workable idea, an intriguing metaphor or even a cool word. I’ve tried cajoling, bribing and even a few threats. But it continues to hold out on me. The standoff started a few days ago. I’m ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.