Sparkles and the definition of  “me”

Sparkles and the definition of “me”

I wrote this post in 2016 on my first blog, The Extra Rib. This reflection on the changing phases of parenting as a child grows was written when my daughter, Ida, was in 6th grade. Ida graduated from high school this past year, 2022, and she continues to learn in...

Diagram The Sentence

a story by Melanie Makovsky January 1994  The Sign, Ace of Base  We’re sitting here in English diagramming sentences, and everyone has to participate. It’s the most boring activity ever, yet I am incredibly nervous. Everyone has to participate, and we are...
Bad Christmas

Bad Christmas

by Melanie Makovsky December 1994  Never Is A Promise, Fiona Apple  Christmas is a joke this year, and not the funny kind. It is a farce. We are sitting here in our pajamas opening presents as if it’s a normal Christmas, a typical Christmas, when it is anything...
FEARLESS: Journaling for Anger and Grief

FEARLESS: Journaling for Anger and Grief

It’s probably abundantly obvious, and I know I’ve said it before too, but I really, really love words. But here’s what you may not know: I like bad words a lot too. Not just swear words, although I admit that I have an affinity for those as well, but angry words. In...
Fearless: Writing (and re-writing) Your Story 

Fearless: Writing (and re-writing) Your Story 

I was using writing as a therapeutic exercise before that was ever a thing.  I started writing in a diary when I was 6, and after its pages were filled I never threw it away. I kept it and I still have it. I also kept every diary I ever wrote in since then. Now I...