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Handfuls of Pixie Dust

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan This morning I woke early, the sky still firmly held in the grips of heavy darkness. Though it was warm inside my house, I knew it was bitterly cold outside. It has been for days; it will be […]

My Office/Kitchen Counter

Technology, Perspective, and Changing the Rules of the Game

I’ve got an article on On Parenting from The Washington Post today, including a picture of my messy kitchen counter, talking about the ways technology (and social media in particular) has impacted parenting. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the full article here: Whatever the parenting soft spot, there will always be something […]

Soapy Hands, Awkward Conversations, and a Lesson in Kindness

“If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” ~ William Penn **************************** A version of this post was originally written and published in October 2013. I […]

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To Those in the Muck

Maybe you’re trudging through a tiny little mud puddle. A bad day or a tough week, a disagreement with a friend or an oppressive job situation. Maybe you are knee-deep in the muckiest muck than you could ever imagine, and just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, like the muck couldn’t get […]

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The Dreamy Dreams Path to the Next Big Thing

“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” — Kurt Vonnegut Years ago I used to work in a big office building in downtown Chicago. Most weekday mornings, I rode the Red line, or […]

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A Million Reasons I Shouldn’t Write This – and One Reason I Should

There are about a million reasons I shouldn’t write this post, a million reasons I don’t want to write this post. For one, I’m exhausted. And my coffee supply is running low. Also, I have actual paying writing work that I should be doing. Did I mention I’m exhausted? Oh, and I’m in the middle […]

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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 […]


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 […]