Deb Kim Is My Hero, and Other Musings From Deb Sarah

Have you ever read a book and loved it so much, you began getting nervous as you neared the final pages, wishing that you could slow it down and savor the story a bit more? This is how I felt reading Kim Stagliano’s heartfelt memoir. I wanted to linger in Kim’s world a little longer. Here’s the thing, no matter how much hardship she may have gone through in her…

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Deb Sarah’s Family’s Run-in With a … Serial Killer

I’m happy to report that my life has been pretty vanilla, but I do have a childhood story that still raises the hair on my arms … the time our family had a crazy, unexpected run-in with a serial killer. Turn the lights down low, put on some spooky music, and read on … When I was about 11-ish, my mom came home from the grocery store a little spooked….

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Deb Sarah on Her Favorite Place: Home!

Just the other day, my 3 year old turned to me and beamed, “mama,” he said, “I just love my home.” (I know, by the time he’s 13, he’ll be complaining that it’s too small, totally uncool, and why does he have to share a bedroom with his brother again?) But, he’s content now, just as I am. I share his love of this place. It’s not fancy or opulent…

Thursday, October 21, 2010

5 Reasons Why Deb Elise (and Her New Book) Rock!

Do you have Elixir fever? I do! While Deb Eleanor brought you a very thoughtful list of things Deb Elise’s new co-authored book with Ms. Hilary Duff reminded her of, I can’t help but confess that every time I think of the book or look at the cover I instantly think, fondly, of grape-flavored Dimetapp. Strange? I know! But the cover is incredibly engaging and transfixing to me. You see–I…

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Deb Sarah on Change, and (**Cheesiness Alert**) Channeling Anne of Green Gables

The Debs and I mentioned our movie preferences in a recent newsflash post, where I confessed to my cheeseball taste in film (bring on the flicks of the 1940s!). I failed to tell you about a time in my life when I think I wanted to be Anne of Green Gables (you know, the cheeky red-headed heroine in L.M. Montgomery’s beloved series). I read the books and watched the movies…

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Wacky Career Advice Deb Sarah Almost Believed

It’s funny how things work. Just as my writing career took off in a major way (as in, assignments were coming in almost daily, and I was taking on some exciting stuff with a book on the back burner), I got pregnant with my first child. I remember wondering how I’d juggle new motherhood with writing–especially since I wanted to be a hands-on mom and not send the kiddo to…

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Writing Advice Deb Sarah Got Saved Her From Careers She Would Have Hated

Can you imagine me as a biologist? Nope, didn’t think so. Neither can I. But somehow in the beginning of my sophomore year of college, I got distracted and lost, and even though my lifelong dream had been to pursue writing, I had concocted some strange plan to go into medicine. I’d hightailed it from the journalism building to the biology labs one quarter, and after one particularly grueling lab,…

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Deb Sarah on Friendship, Writer Style

When I first started freelancing, I was giddy. I loved the idea of working from home, working for myself, and having my career go anywhere I decided to take it. Then the reality set in: The life of a freelance writer is sort of an isolating one. Over the years, I’ve depended on writer pals for encouragement, support, humor, advice, you name it. And at the top of all the…

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Deb Sarah’s Hobbies (and Others She Wishes She Had)

Before I get to the topic at hand, I want to share two bits of news from my world–both super fun. First: The ultrasound results are in, and we’re having … another boy! This makes three boys for us. Deb Sarah Pekkanen tells me that life with three males (four, if you count the hubs) is perfectly wonderful. And because Sarah seems to be a.) honest, b.) super fun, and…

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Warm Hello From Deb Sarah

Hello darling readers! How exciting to be writing my first post for The Ball! I’ll admit, as I type, I am not wearing a party dress and pearls. Some debutante, right? Leggings and a T-shirt is about as fancy as I get these days–very unglamorous, given that I work for Glamour magazine. But, thank goodness that my job doesn’t require high fashion. I’m a writer. And a mom. I work…

Thursday, September 2, 2010