“I Love Your Jacket”

He leaned in and pointed a finger straight at me.  I had been meaning to introduce myself to him for months.  You see, my friend has a grown daughter, whom this young man has been dating for a while.  He may actually become a future member of their family.  So, in our circle of people, […]

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Beneath “Fine”

“Fine!  I’m fine.  Everything’s fine.”  I shrugged at my husband.  He held a curious glance at me that weeknight while I shoved another load of laundry into the dryer.  Just then, an angry shriek from the girls’ room pierced the house like the ring in a bull’s nose.  I froze mid-load, back bowed, and braced […]

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The Lullaby of Willows

Lately I’ve been distracted. Pulled at.  Parched. The tiny portions I try to put back into my own tank have in no way made up for the amount that’s been spilled out. The now hollowed-out spaces I am trying to fill on my own end up filled only with impatience, and worry, and fear, and with […]

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Running Hot

I was about 10 years old, I think. And I was in the backseat of our car, as it was flying down a country road in the middle of the night. Everything outside my window was pitch black, except for the beam of the headlights illuminating the yellow road reflectors as they whizzed up to […]

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Threadbare Busy

Last night the boys scrambled up into my bed at the end of a long day. Tired mommy limbs were smooshed and smashed by precious little boys wrestling about, pillow fighting and blankie snuggling. They pressed stuffy noses against mommy’s cheek and whispered wishes for bedtime stories. Just as the boys were nearly over their […]

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The Empty Plate

“All done!” Babesie shouts as she scoots away from the table and off on her own mission. Her little brother is quick to follow, leaving behind almost full plates of food. My kids never eat the balanced dinners I cook: choosing instead to go after the pantryful of snacks. It’s a battle I continually lose, […]

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Outside Relief: Terribly Small

“What is it about a grassy hill in the wind that both fills and empties our minds?” I’m not sure.  That’s why I’m asking you. My oldest daughter and I pulled into the gravel parking lot one Saturday afternoon.  It was one of my favorite open space preserves, as it was nothing but mountains.  After […]

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Worry: Do Turkeys Feel Happy?

I drove past them along a country road on my way back from dropping my kids off at school: a group of wild turkeys.  I ascertained most were young males, as I saw many tail feathers spread, strutting around like a bunch of young football players at a high school dance.  It was an overcast […]

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Emotional Tool: Contentment

This one sounds so zen.  This is the one, ladies.  This is the sneaker wave.  Contentment seems like it should require zero work, like it would come from floating in a pool with a lemonade.  I want my emotional homework to be, “Find yourself a flattering swim suit and a pool floatie.  It’s time to […]

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