Beauty Treatment

At swim lessons, I saw her, and part of me wondered what styling team she employed.  Rubbing sunblock on her three children, she flicked her long, curled, highlighted hair.  Her nose was thin, and her jawline slender.  I could have measured her eyelashes with a yard stick.  She crossed her legs from under her size […]

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Tree of Life

When I was young, and I feel sure many of you can relate to this, time stretched before me in long lazy swathes. Sure, I had chores and homework, but for the most part, my time was mine. I sat, I dreamed. Most of all, I wrote. Everyone has their thing. Writing has always been […]

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When the Next Wave Comes

I. I grew up in a small town on the ocean.  I remember spending whole afternoons in the waves with my sisters, boogie boarding.  Admittedly, lying belly down on a stubby foam board was not as cool as surfing, but we did what we could.  We lived for the afternoons where the swells were just […]

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Unhappy: An Open Letter to My Children

Dear children, my job is to make you unhappy, about half of the time. I love you too much to let it be otherwise. In my philosophy, disappointment should come from home first.  Here, within the loving environment of our family,  should be your first point of reference for that sensation. Just like you should […]

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I Have “Anything”

Sick babies don’t sleep. Mine didn’t that night.  In my delirium, I lost track how many times he yowled and I arose to soothe or nurse him.  It was a mystery illness, showing little but a low-grade fever for a few days, and a cranky demeanor.  I didn’t get the fever, but the crankiness sure […]

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THIS

Something has been grabbing my brain lately with the most inexplicable sensation of pleasure, and I hear myself exclaiming: “This!”  I yelled as I ran through the trees on the mud run with my best friend. “This!” I sighed as I sat in the sand with my husband and baby, while the girls built castles […]

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Girls, Don’t Read My Blog

It’s not worth it.  It’s not worth missing out on something way better.  I can crack a joke, and give you a bump of encouragement, but I cannot change your life.  I cannot defeat the powers of darkness in your world, and I cannot wipe every tear from your eye. That would be Jesus. If […]

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It Really is Hilarious 

  You see this picture?  Aren’t I just glowing?  Oh thanks, you’re too kind.  I came across it when going through pics on my computer, gathering a batch to develop.  Because I’m old-school like that.  Hard copy photo albums are my jam.  I want to be able to pull an old dusty album from the […]

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All the Advice I Didn’t Give

They didn’t ask, and I didn’t tell.  Well, much, anyway. The couple stood in my living room.  Well, The wife did, bent over the chair, eyeing it with fierce delight.  The husband smiled at her from the doorway, approvingly. I sold my rocking chair that day. To a couple, five-ish years younger than me. They […]

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Do it THROUGH

    During a horrendous rainstorm this past winter, I stepped out of my car, and was instantly soaked.  Grabbing my umbrella, I opened it just in time for the wind to blow it inside out.  Running around the car, I threw open the door, grabbed the baby’s car seat, stretched the cover over it, […]

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