How to Burn the Brussels Sprouts

First, make elaborate plans for them.  Choose them lovingly from the grocery store, imagining the slow drizzles of herb-infused oil over them.  Tell yourself that your children will eat them THIS time, because they’ve never tasted the amazing flavors you’re going to cook into them. At home, shove them under the lettuce in the bottom…

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In the Blue Glow: A Scheduling Love Story

They say that the unnatural glow from a computer screen disrupts the natural sleep cycle of our brains.
Thank goodness…

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DishPan Hands: A Love Story

One morning, years ago, my fiance and I were driving on our way to look at wedding bands. I looked down at my bumpy knuckles and calloused palms while sitting beside him in the car.  I grimaced. “You’re marrying a girl with kind-of burly hands,” I sighed.  He looked over at them and smiled. “I’ve got a…

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Mama’s of the Fire

The phantom smell of smoke still tingles my nose as I take a deep breath and look out the window of my sister’s house.  The Sierra Nevada’s rise like soldiers outside: lumbering, protecting.  In order to escape the smoke from the fires, I drove my children for hours and hours today to arrive at my…

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The Gift of Staying

You want to know what I had? I had this great idea for a post.  I was sure it would be a hit.  Then, I bounced this idea off my husband, and he smiled and said, “Huh.  Well, that’s just normal to me.  That’s how I grew up.” *crickets crickets* Well it’s not how I…

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Be Interrupted

  It was 10 a.m. when I finally pulled away from my kids’ school for the day.  Shuffling the kids out of the car earlier that morning, my daughter exclaimed from the back seat, “Mom!  I don’t have my backpack!”  A quick search revealed she left it hanging on the hook at home: fully packed…

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