In between teaching drama, creative writing, and English to high school students for over ten years, Kim Culbertson has written short fiction for Cicada and her first young adult novel Songs for a Teenage Nomad (Sourcebooks). Sourcebooks will publish her second young adult novel Instructions for a Broken Heart in May of 2011. She lives in the Northern California foothills with her husband and daughter, where she loves to drink coffee and look at the clouds.
When I was in middle school, I went to a school dance. It was your typical dance – some snacks, construction paper decorations, dim lighting, but this dance was special because a certain boy who would be there.
My daughter wasn’t much of a sleeper during her first year. She slept little patches during the day, slightly longer ones at night, mostly attached to me like a hood ornament in the Bjorn. And she slept when we played Jack Johnson in the afternoon, his On and On CD.