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Holidays
On January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

“You can’t really see the days. I mean, look at the days with your eyes.”                                                                   -Theo, age 4. 1 July 2015December 1990: For […]

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The Color Green
On May 4, 2015 | 4 Comments

This blog post is a gift to my mother, whose birthday was April 21st. And in loving memory of my grandmother, Grace Everett, whose birthday was the 27th. The field guides were kept in the dining room. Not obtrusively on the kitchen table or counter, but just around the corner, accessible to a quick eye […]

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What’s In a Name
On February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Naming a child is a pretty big deal. Anyone who has ever done it will say so. Because while a person can change her name legally (someday) if she wants to, I think the process is a genuine and maybe expensive hassle. Meanwhile, she’ll have to live with the name long enough to decide she […]

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Dear Vacuum
On May 23, 2013 | 5 Comments

I love you. You probably find this hard to believe, but really, really and truly, I love you. You are my Absolute Favorite of All the Appliances in the House. I know, I know. The crimes I commit against you are legion. Like leaving you out all the time, plugged in or not, languishing in […]

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Familiar
On May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yes, this is a familiar feeling. I recognize it– and I don’t like it. I would imagine, too, that it’s almost universal: that sense of having a deadline, Something Due, and so everything else must wait, or take a back seat to it, anyway. Of course, deadlines are helpful. Even necessary. I have talked about […]

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4.23.2013
On April 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

There was a dinner plan. The spinach was thawing in its pie plate on the counter; the grocery stop would only take a minute. We would be eating (after the soccer game) by 6:30. And then the plan was changed: Bill and I would go out; the kids would be eating at home. And so […]

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Surprise and Revelation
On April 18, 2013 | 1 Comments

Like everyone else, I was surprised and dismayed to hear Monday’s news: the bombs detonating, the screams and smoke, the aftermath. Amputations, shrapnel and surgeries because you went to see them cross the finish line. Three of them dead, all of them somebody’s child. After three days worth of radio news, I was nonetheless surprised […]

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19 Months, 4000 Miles
On April 10, 2013 | 1 Comments

Nineteen months. This is a phrase I likely knew before I could talk. I probably heard it before I was born when, my mother balancing baby girl over burgeoning stomach, people asked. My mother and father both probably said it countless times at the playground, at the church, in the grocery store. “How far apart […]

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being to timelessness: new year
On January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

My children went back to school yesterday. First day of school in the new year, but they are still wrapping up the first semester. The trees are bare still; the lawn still only two-thirds raked from the fall of leaves and pine needles. The kitchen window still wants washing, and only yesterday I scrubbed last year’s […]

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Make-Believe
On November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m mailing it in today. Despite the list of blog posts waiting in my little notebook, I am only making time to do this. There is simply Too Much Else to do. My children have the day off today. Which means, of course, that one of them has a friend over, and another is at […]

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