Our History

This site is in its third iteration and goes back to a personal webpage my husband, Allen, designed so that family and friends could stay in touch with the developmental milestones and photos after the birth of our first child in 2002. When our second child was born in 2004, we renamed the site Dancing Stars, inspired by a quote taken from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “One must still have chaos in oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.” We were embracing the chaos of early parenthood!

And now we have three children with the addition of our son in October 2009. Our lives are still filled with chaos, and we continue to laugh and keep a sense of humor. Today, our archives still go back to 2002. But we changed the name to MotherMirth to make it more accessible to our readers. MotherMirth, we hope, continues to be a place where family and friends can visit for humorous updates on our family. But it’s also become a place on the interwebby thing where every left-leaning, crazy-haired, geeky, earth-loving, spiritually diverse, alternative parenting, bibliophiliac, bleeding heart freak can feel at home.

About the Writer

In a nutshell, I’m a writer, a mother of three small humans. I’m a bit of a tomboy, a photographer, a damn hippy. Occasionally, I am a dinosaur.

I can sing “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star” entirely in puppy or a myriad of other animal voices, although I must admit singing in elephant makes my lips numb.

My parenting philosophy is a casserole made up of memories, stories, experience, and learning. I’ve done a whole lot of reading, and I have a tendency to just jump into the knots and figure out how to un-tie them along the way. Through the years, I’ve shifted paradigms, pissed off relatives and little old ladies, and become a better, more grounded human being. I blame my kids and my amazing spouse entirely.

I studied English and grammar at the University of West Florida, almost earning my MA if not for the thesis-that-would-never-get-written. I received my B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida and worked in the publishing /marketing/editing industry for most of my career.

I’ve spent the past 15+ years gestating, birthing, nursing, and, along with my husband, doing the joyful and challenging job of raising our small army of clones, who will take over the world someday with perfect grammar, a love for comic books, and the ability to diagram even compound-complex sentences of great size.

3 Responses to Our History

  1. Jesse Jarrell says:


    A blast from the past. 🙂 The only way I finally figured out how to track you
    down was from Brian Szerdy, who I caught up with last Spring. A few links
    through Allen’s websites, and voila – found you!

    No mention of your guitar, what happened there? Guess I’m the only one
    of Destination Unknown still playing and writing, and that’s been slacking
    once I went to go back and finish my masters in software engineering.


  2. Carol Covin says:

    What a great site!. Found you through ChildWild. MIL to Molly Tomlinson, photographer extraordinaire.

  3. Leanne Rodd says:

    Terry — I just Perused some recent posts (thanks to Suzanne who pointed me to your blog site) and LOVE it! Funny, smart, and can totally relate. Thanks for sharing your unique perspective and bringing levity to the day! Leanne (aka mom to Laurel's puffy princess mate, Elise)

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