Public perception of the term “dance mom”

Last week, I spoke about the public’s perception of the terms “dance moms,” which most people connect with the t.v. reality show starring Abby Lee Miller, and “dance mom,” which people still seem to associate with the show and identify stereotypically as an aggressive parent who pushes their child to do more and more dance […]

What is a Dance Mom?

Abby Lee Miller and “Dance Moms” Do you remember the t.v. reality show “Dance Moms” which ran from 2011 – 2019? This was a memorable show that followed the sometimes fictional drama rising up between Abby Lee Miller, the owner of a dance studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her students. The scenes that showed actual […]

What is your book about? It’s about history.

If you read my post from Monday, you would have seen that I’m having a tough time coming up with a succinct elevator speech that describes exactly what my book is about. They say you’re supposed to be able to tell your story in 30 seconds or less in such a way that the person […]

What is your book about? It’s about dance.

So what is my book about? Hmmm. That is a loaded question for several reasons. Did you catch my post from last week? It’s just hard to give you one simple sentence when there is so much involved. When I first started working on “Conflicted with Joy,” my original goal was to write exclusively ABOUT […]

Trouble with my Elevator Speech

A person who writes a book has a unique vision of what they’re trying to accomplish in writing. It’s more than just an artistic endeavor – – it’s a statement about something that lies in the recesses of the heart. The person who has a book project in mind sets forth a lot of effort […]

The Pandemic took away the Salad Bar

Last week, our oldest daughter had get-togethers scheduled with her former dance classmates from Joy of Motion Dance Center. The last time our daughter saw any of her classmates was in March 2020. It was really a lovely time to see her former classmates-turned-friends as it had been around 1.5 years since they had seen […]

Speaking with an important Contributor

Let me take you back to November 10, 2020. In case you missed my blog post from that day, here it is again. I wrote extensively about a person who told me they were going to be a contributor to my book, “Conflicted with Joy” and then pulled out at the last minute. We are […]

A Slight Setback in CWJ

On September 18, 2020, Amanda was honored with a very important phone call that lasted two hours. Amanda wrote a detailed blog post about this incredible experience and waited almost three months before publishing it. To this day, that juicy and beautiful blog post remains unpublished. The person with whom Amanda had this great conversation […]

Getting an audience for 4,000 words of personal reaction

Over the weekend, Amanda sat down and hashed through a first rough draft of her last day of visiting Joy of Motion dance studios. She had written down some notes of the route she took when she was driving to the studio and reviewed the photos from that trip. She knew it was something she […]