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Sticky Taffy

Though the weather here in the Midwest indicates otherwise, we are firmly entrenched in Spring. It is now mid-May. Or maybe even late-May depending on your definition. How is that possible? Wasn’t I just writing 2014 on my checks? Wasn’t there just snow on the ground? And weren’t we all just shuffling … [Read More...]

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A Letter to Back-In-The-Day Friends

  Let me just start by stating the obvious: I miss you. We’ve been friends for 20, maybe 30 years, and although we have lived in different cities for the majority of that time, there are still days when I miss you so much the bittersweet nostalgia is so strong I can almost taste it. […]

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For the Ones In the Muddy Trenches on Mother’s Day

Last night, Teddy announced that he had made me a really awesome card for Valentine’s Day. “At school,” he clarified. “I made a really awesome Valentine’s Day card for you at school.” “You did?” I said. “That’s great. Way to plan ahead.” “Oh wait,” he said, beaming. “Mudder’s Day. I made you a card for […]


Kayaks and Wild Geese

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. — Mary Oliver, from “Wild Geese”   In March, our family went to Florida. Let’s just […]

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Questions Without Answers

When I was nine years old, my grandpa was in a plane crash. While this event has been woven into the fabric of our family’s history for the past 28 years, it wasn’t until recently that my understanding, perspective, and even questions about the event really took shape. I’m thrilled to have a piece up on […]

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How to Do Just About Anything

“How to write: Butt in chair. Start each day anywhere. Let yourself do it badly. Just take one passage at a time. Get butt back in chair.” — Anne Lamott My first job out of law school was at a large law firm in Chicago. I had a small-ish office with a western view that […]

Crumbled and Torn Love Letter

Thursday Nights, Chocolate Milk, and Crumpled Love Letters

We all know that Monday mornings are hard. Mondays are about gritting our teeth and showing up. But you know what comes in a close second to Monday mornings? Thursday nights. Come Thursday night, I’m in hang-onto-your-hat, anything-goes survival mode. Exhausted from a busy day and a full week, our whole family is a little […]


Movement or Stillness, Destruction or Growth?

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” — Cynthia Occelli Everywhere I look there are signs of spring. Facebook is filled with bright photos of flowers blooming […]

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On Comparisons, Windows, and Distorted Reflections

“I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.” — Grandma Moses Stephen King once said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things […]

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On Hard Days, Staying Soft, and Walking Toward the Water

Sometimes you need a good, long cry in the car. The past few days have been hard. Really hard. That isn’t easy to write, but if I believe in authenticity and vulnerability as a writer (which I do) – and as a person (again, I do) – then I need to write about the good […]

The Things We Leave Behind

We are selling our house today. This is nothing earth-shattering about this. Houses are bought and sold every day. What makes this sale even less momentous is that we don’t even live there. It isn’t our home and it hasn’t been for the past six years. When we moved to the suburbs in 2009, we […]