One Good Return: Guest Writer Wrap Up

I'm Ba-ack

I'm Ba-ack

Put your palms on your screens because I’m ba-ack!


If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m back to writing on my blog. I took about a month offline to concentrate on family healing. It has been a time of upheaval for my family. I am truly grateful to the bloggers who stepped forward and supported me with their words while I was away. The gift of time they gave me to be fully present with my family as we walked a difficult path means more to me than I could ever express.


Thank you for writing. Thank you for reading.


The Supportive Dad. The Guru. The Swammie.The Occasional Pirate. The Becoming. The Groovster. The Artist. The Jazz Hands. The Peaceful Sage. The Warrior Woman. The Experienced Newbie. The Poet. The Resolute.


My bookends of support came from Dave from Folkabout Baby. He was the first person to respond when I tweeted that I needed help. And then he offered a second time when some other writers had to pull out. He wrote the first and the last of this series of guest posts. I enjoyed having the viewpoint of an engaged father here. His first: Love Is All You Need and his second: Ten Life Lessons from a Baby. You can find more at Folkabout Baby, a parenting blog dedicated to helping you to become a better parent and raise happier children. He’s also on Twitter as @FolkaboutBaby and on Facebook.


Two of my Yoga teachers Gurus honored me with posts full of wisdom and passion. The first is from Cora Wen who blogs at Yoga Bloom. Follow her as she Sirsa’s around the world. Her post, Between Earth and Sky…A Late Summer Healing, is about living, eating, and exercising with the rhythms of the season. You can also find Cora on Facebook and Twitter.


The second post is from my Guru Judith Hanson Lasater, whom you can find at  and and in bookstores everywhere. Her post, Swammie Mommie explains how she strives to find balance between involved mothering and her career as Yoga teacher and author. You can also find Judith on Facebook and Twitter.


Heather of Very Nearly Hippy wrote this post about Playtime that packs a playful parenting punch. I love it when a short post is also provocative. You can also find out how she manages to do it in 140 characters on Twitter.


One of the nicest bloggers I know, Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shared this thought-provoking piece on Mindfulness Though Story. I dare you to read one of the works she cites without using this post as a reference point first. Kelly blogs at Becoming Crunchy. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Then there are bloggers who write posts that have you wishing their words were your own. Teresa from Mom Grooves and Rock Paper Trees Blog asks you to just allow for the possibility that your thoughts might just be The Key to Everything. You can also find Teresa on Facebook and Twitter.


You can fight it or you can go with the flow. Shannon from The Artful Mama gives a welcome reality check in When Growing Up Means Growing Out of Routines. You can find more about the delicate dance of working outside the home and attachment parenting from Shannon at her blog The Artful Mama on Facebook and Twitter.


Patti at Jazzy Mama never fails to write with her heart while creating understanding with her readers. I am proud to count on her as a blog friend. She often speaks aloud things that many of us feel but are afraid to speak. And she does it with poise and empathy that bring us along with her essays, just like this one When Birth Brings Disappointment. You can also find Patti on Facebook.


I was away from my blog, but I was still reading. Amy from Peace 4 Parents shared this post on the Benefits of Meditation During Stressful Times and I put her sage advice into practice that very day. Please visit her blog for intelligent writing that empowers you in your own path to mindful living. You can also find Amy on Facebook and Twitter.


The first blogger to comment on my blog was Robin from Farewell, Stranger. Robin is one of my Post Partum Depression idols because she fought and won her battle then returned to the trenches to help the rest of the walking wounded. Her post Raging Against Recovery is yet another example of her powerful writing. You can also find Robin on Facebook and Twitter.


Melissa at The New Mommy Files: Memories, Milestones, and Missteps always, always, has posts that I learn something new from. She has a way of taking those unformed ideas and laying them out with clarity and insight, just as she does in her post Transforming Reactions into Responses. She shares stories, thoughts, ideas, and inspiration from her journey on Facebook and Twitter


Can you capture the essence of the third trimester with words? Now, can you elevate that experience into the fluidity of a poem? Lauren from Hobo Mama eloquently expresses that belly time in her poem Astronaut. Lauren is the author of the book, Poetry of a Hobo Mama: The First Three Years. In addition to her blog Hobo Mama, you can find more from her on writing at, natural family living at Natural Parents Network. You can follow all of her activities on Facebook and Twitter.


Darcel from The Mahogany Way always has a positive take on Attachment Parenting, Radical Unschooling and Homebirthing with plenty of humor and wit. Her blog is one of those that I enjoy consistently, just as I knew I would when she updated her post on Parenting Resolutions. I think she’s the mom I strive to be. You can also find Darcel on Facebook and Twitter.


I think that is a pretty amazing list of writers. I am honored to share the incredible talent and viewpoints featured on TouchstoneZ. Bloggers often feel as though they are writing into the internet void. So, if their words touched you, please consider leaving them a comment or two on their blogs.

11 thoughts on “One Good Return: Guest Writer Wrap Up

  1. Woah that’s a whole lot of reading you have me set up to do there Zoie – each post sounds amazing! My Goggle Reader is going to be joyfully expanded! Glad you are back here and look forward to more of your stunning posts.

  2. Wow, what a great list of bloggers. I am honored to be part of this group. Thank you for the kind words. My mouth fell open as I read them. I would love for you to guest post on my blog in the future.

    • Thank you, Darcel. Agreed. I get a thrill every time I think about it. There is so much talent here. I truly hope writing here has been a positive experience for you and the other writers. I hope it brings good things into your lives.

      I would be honored to write something for you (and that goes for any of the guest writers) Just drop me an email 🙂

  3. You are just the best, most loving, wonderful woman. Thank you for including me in this party.
    I still have to get to all the guest posts. I started out good, but got too busy. I look forward to reading the rest at some point.
    And I’m so happy to have you back!

I love comments and try to reply to each one. I look forward to connecting with you. Namaste

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