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Balance Is Bullsh*t

  Fairly early on in our marriage, my husband and I made the mutual decision – the merits of which I am not looking to hash out in this article – that one of us would stay home with our children while they were young. For several reasons, I assumed the role of lead parent, handling everything from … [Read More...]

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Changing the Lyrics

“Tonight’s the night the world begins again” — Lyrics to “Better Days” by Goo Goo Dolls As they say, everything old will be new again. I just never thought it would be the Goo Goo Dolls. I thought I heard the last of them in 1995. As it turns out they actually had some new […]

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Listening to the Little Girl with a Potty Mouth

A couple days ago, while I was at the gym elliptically my way to nowhere, I read this post right here. It is big and bold and raw and honest and beautiful and illuminating all at the same time – just like everything that Glennon writes. (And yes, I will refer to her by her […]

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When the Sky Is Falling (or feels like it)

It seems that the sky is, in fact, falling. Well, not necessarily the sky, but the ceiling. To be specific, the ceiling in our living room. The ceiling in our living room is falling. This is, as you might have guessed, not a good thing. Our sky-is-falling debacle started a little over a week ago […]


Grit and Grace

“People who don’t stay down after they fall or are tripped are often trouble makers. Hard to control. Which is the best kind of dangerous possible.” — Brene Brown, “Rising Strong”   He fell at least five times. Probably more. I lost count. Each time he fell, I caught my breath, worried that he might […]

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Sometimes It’s All So Hard. Sometimes It’s Not.

“Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad.” — “As Good As It Gets” “Life is hard sometimes, yea?” my friend wrote in a text last week. “Very hard,” I wrote back. We had been exchanging texts, trying to figure out if we […]


The In-Between Years

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but it happened. Was it sometime this summer? Or did it happen before then, maybe last fall? Did it happen in a sudden flash, like the Big Bang, marked by some kind of milestone that I missed along the way? Or was it a more gradual process, indiscernible […]

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Starting Again

In September. That’s what I’ve been telling myself for the past three months. When will I clean out the over-flowing dresser drawers? In September. When will I start eating healthier? In September. When will I start writing more? In September. In September. In September. In September. With this mantra, I gave myself a bit of […]

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To the Teenage Girls at the Swimming Pool

Don’t worry; this isn’t going to be one of those letters. You know the kind. Some well-intentioned and wise adult writes with a just-trying-to-be-helpful shrug about how you should stop doing this or change that. Usually it has something to do with your clothing choices or selfie-taking habits or flirting protocols. Believe me, I’m just […]


I Am, We Are

As a writer, most of my work is done alone. It is just me, my computer, the wild horses running through my head, and the blank page staring back at me. Part of me wonders if it is this solitary, independent, and introspective side of writing that continues to pull me under its spell. But […]

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Scuba Diving, Heaviness, and My People

“And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” — Raymond Carver, A New Path to the Waterfall   I’m a little scared to write today, afraid of what might come out onto the page. I […]