Introduction to the Rockwood Files

Hey mamas. This is where it all started for me. Twelve years ago I managed to talk my editor into letting me write my own newspaper column. I was only 23 years old. Boy, what was he thinking? But I sure am glad he gave me the chance because the column has become a big part of my life. It has given me the opportunity to connect with readers in my own community and beyond, thanks to the magic of e-mail. The column runs in a few newspapers in Arkansas and Missouri and a few of the pieces have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite columns on this page. Some are recent and some are oldies but goodies. If you’re in the mood for a love story, check out the Valentine’s column. If you’re a dog lover, click on “Good Dogs.” If you’re having one of “those days,” you’ll want to read “Isolation Booth.” If you’re potty-training a kid, then you can commiserate with me by reading “Naked Nuggets.” And if you’re feeling embarrassed about something stupid you did recently, then you must read “Laid an Egg” because you will feel infinitely better about yourself after you read it. I promise that whatever you might have done is not even a half as humiliating as what I did. Guaranteed.

If you like what you see, drop me a note. It’s always a pleasure to hear from fellow mamas.

A few Rockwood Files

My funny valentine

Second time around

When good dogs get old

The sound of silence

Today I laid an egg