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The Cheerleaders on the Side of the Road

After my oldest son was born, I found it nearly impossible to leave the house. We lived in the city without on-site parking so just getting to the car was a bit of a hassle. Then there was the issue of lugging a heavy car seat. And what if he needs to eat while we're out and do I have enough diapers and … [Read More...]

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Onward

January has been a long slog of a month. If there is one word that comes to mind when I think of the past four weeks, it is BLEH. This time of year I tend to fall into a pit of gloom. I feel edgy and irritable. Lethargic and lazy. I want to stay in […]

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Fumbling Around Together

A few years ago, I wrote an essay about smashing windows. Not actual windows. But the figurative windows that distort the ways that I feel about myself, the ways I feel about the world. I called it Frosted Window Syndrome, or the never-ending battle so many of us fight just to feel like we measure […]

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In Defense of Wandering

  “What am I doing?” I stand in the middle of the kitchen and ask this question aloud, even though there is no one else in the house aside from the dogs. My coat is on, phone in hand, and the dogs stare at me. What the hell was I going to do?, I think […]

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Dear Friend…

Author’s Note: I have had a version of this post – originally an essay – on my computer for weeks. While I worked to find the right home for it, I continued editing and tweaking. I submitted to various publications, asked writer friends for advice, and edited some more. Something felt missing to me, however; […]

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Gratitude, Giving, and a Giveaway

We’re moving into the season of the two G’s — gratitude and giving — and I recently read two articles that, separately, talked about both. The first, an op-ed in The New York Times, discussed the benefits of giving thanks even if we aren’t feeling very grateful. “For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life […]

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A Mosaic of Shared Memories: The Story of a Well-Loved Crib

I am not an overly sentimental person. Emotional? Yes. Dramatic. You bet. But sentimental? Not particularly. I didn’t keep a pregnancy journal. I don’t have locks of my kids’ hair tucked away in their baby books. I don’t swoon over my children’s art projects. And the markings on their height chart stop in 2013. I […]

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Why I Don’t Regret Taking All Those Baby Photos

I have a list of parenting regrets about a mile long. Wasting money on an expensive rocking chair and signing my three-year-old up for soccer, for instance. But one thing I don’t regret, however, is the excessive photo taking—and photo sharing—during my son’s first year. Though I’m no shutterbug by any means, after my son […]

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more love

I have never been to Paris. Well, unless you count that one really stressful layover at Charles de Gaulle Airport last summer. Which I don’t. And yet. My heart sunk when I heard the news on Friday afternoon. Yours did too, I’m sure. By now you’ve seen the news. You’ve read the stories. You’ve heard […]

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Waiting for the Scars to Fade

Author’s Note: This essay was written more than a year ago, the situation described happened over two years ago, and since then the scars have continued to fade. It is a long process, but I have found the road to healing and is filled with love and light. If you suffer from (or have suffered […]

A Thick Skin? No thank you.

If there is one piece of advice that I have heard more than any others, it is this: Develop a thick skin. I’ve heard it from family members, friends, fellow writers, and editors. A thick skin, it seems, is the quintessential job requirement for a writer, especially those of us who write creative nonfiction. With […]