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Warnings, Silence, and Truth-Telling

“You are never strong enough that you don't need help.” ― César Chávez There is a little corner of the Internet that is all a flutter. Some might say that it’s just another Mommy War, a new script on an age-old battle. Other people – kinder, more practical people – might call it a Peace Treaty, a show of … [Read More...]

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No Words

I am at a loss for words. And as a writer, the inability to find words can be a problem. Yet, here I am, in front of my computer, requisite candle flickering beside me, and I can’t come up with the right word to describe the way that I am feeling after last Saturday’s book […]

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Cereal with a Side of Compassion

Author’s Note: This post was originally published two years ago, but it is just as applicable today. Not just because our dog Jobe is once again sick – well, not necessarily sick so much as recovering from surgery – but because compassion and forgiveness are ALWAYS applicable. Every day. Every moment. I am happy to […]


Crappy First Drafts and Less-than-Ideal Conditions

Author’s Note: This piece was written several days ago, but it took me almost a week to show up enough to post it. Baby steps, y’all, baby steps. ****** Earlier today I sat down to write. The conditions were optimal, just the way I like it. A candle flickered in front of me. The Shins […]

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Questions, Answers, and Making God Laugh

They say, if you want to make God laugh, just tell her your plans. It seems God (or the universe, if you prefer) has an insatiable sense of humor. And a wry one at that. Last week I wrote about patience as my word for the 2015. And then school was cancelled for the next […]


The Things You Remember (and Some You’d Like to Forget)

When my first son was born, I became obsessed with milestones. First smile, first laugh, first tooth. When he could roll over, sit unassisted, crawl. The baby books all told me that these were the things I should keep track of, that I should remember. As my kids grew up, the milestones became more intellectual […]

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back to basics

You don’t need to look at the calendar to know that it’s January – around these parts, at least. We had our first real snow last night and I spent 30 cold – but strangely meditative – minutes shoveling this morning. I just received an email announcing that school is cancelled tomorrow. And we boots […]

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Over the River and Through the Woods

A version of this post was originally published in June 2012, but since many of us are traveling over the river and through the woods during the holidays, it seems to be fairly apropos. As they say, it’s not necessarily the destination, but the journey, that matters. Safe and comfortable travels to you all. Happy […]

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Huckered Down and Huddled Together

A version of this post was originally published almost two years ago, in the midst of a long and stressful winter. And although there is no snow on the ground where I live and we are gearing up for Christmas, not Valentine’s Day, this post seems particularly applicable right now. Just turn on the news […]

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Glitter, Lights, and Doing the Best We Can

“Why can’t we have lights on the outside of the house this year?” Teddy has asked about a thousand times in the past two weeks. “We had them last year.” Each time, I remind him that we aren’t putting lights on the house this year. “But look at that house. And that one. They have […]

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Here, There, Everywhere

In the past 24 hours, I have been here, there, and everywhere – virtually and physically. Yesterday morning, an article of mine appeared on Motherlode,  the parenting blog of The New York Times – THE NEW YORK TIMES! The article talks about church and spirituality and why I am religious-ish. Below is an excerpt, but […]