Author: Rachel Baird

  • The Benefits of Writing Groups and Conferences

    The Benefits of Writing Groups and Conferences

    Four years ago, I made the decision to join a writing group. I was going through a rough time in my life, and books were an escape. I spent countless hours reading, immersed in fantasy worlds. After a few hundred books, an idea popped into my head. I could do this. I could totally write […]

  • I’m An Owl

    I’m An Owl

    “See the owl in the tree, Who-oo! Whoo-oo! He is staring right at me!” – Owl in the Night by Catherine Rollin (RCM – Prep A Repertiore) I’m an Owl. No, I don’t think I’m the wisest in forest. I don’t fly or hunt in the night. I do have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. […]

  • Being Thrown Up on is Part of Being a Leader

    Being Thrown Up on is Part of Being a Leader

    The year was 2005, and it was my first shift as a swim instructor at the Kingston Family YMCA. The little boy I was holding after a jump into the pool threw up all over me. He had eaten hot dogs and mac and cheese for dinner. I still remember the smell. Clamping down my […]