Rica Bolipata Santos

Rica Bolipata Santos has been an English literature and creative writing teacher for 20 years and a wife for 15 of those years. In her own words, "I come from a family of artists, so articulation, courage, and derring-do are highly prized values in the family. I have three children, ages 13, 11, and 7."

Her number one hobby is reading. She sings with a community choir as well, so she also spends some of her time performing. She considers reading and singing the only two hobbies she has, and she dedicates the rest of her time to being the best mom she can be.

Rica is Female Network's very own mommy columnist; her column, "Motherline," never fails to pull at the heartstrings or get moms and moms-to-be thinking about their own parenting experiences and philosophies.



In her first column for 2013, Rica talks about moving in and out of spaces, the passage of time, and coming home.

Love Talks

Columnist Rica Bolipata-Santos relays her favorite "crush stories" in this entry.

Running Philosophy

Columnist Rica shares her reflections on running in this article.

Beautiful Habits

Columnist Rica Bolipata-Santos reflects on vanity, the lessons her mother taught her about beauty, and the importance of beauty within.


Columnist Rica shares her rainy-day reflections in this article.

Circle of Quiet

Motherline columnist Rica Bolipata Santos shares how she allows the quiet of her home after the kids have left for school seep into her soul.

A Room of One's Own: 4 Reasons You Should Get Your Own Space at Home

Do you feel like you're losing your sense of self because of marriage and familial duties? FN columnist Rica Bolipata-Santos tells you why it's time to get a room of your own.

Memory Seekers

Mommy columnist Rica reminisces on memories she shared with her father and ones she continues to share with her special son. Warning: it's a tearjerker!

A Fallen Woman

Mommy columnist Rica Bolipata Santos talks about a recent fall she had, and the lessons her injuries came with.

Motherhood Statements

Mommy columnist Rica shares her insights from her first real fight with her daughter.

Life Begins When You Grow a Garden

Mommy columnist Rica shares the life lessons that come with growing a garden.

My Father's Lessons

We don't always learn the lessons our parents tried to teach us until we have kids of our own, as columnist Rica shares.

The Clearing

Rica talks about the letters she receives from former students and shares her insights on making life changes and on doing what you love.