When you want to teach them all the lessons

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They started rolling in half-way through my morning run. I saw them light up my phone screen as I clipped along on the treadmill. The texts came from my daughter who left for school fifteen minutes prior. I glanced over without stopping, and when I read "MOM I FORGOT...SECRET SANTA...GIFT...HELP" I … [continue]

Where the wild things roam

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When I close my eyes in bed at night, the images come to me. They flash like pictures from a reel of film, a flicker and they're gone, moving straight away from one to the next. They vary from the beautiful to the grotesque. A piece of jewelry, a man's face, a low slung moon, a woman's hands, an … [continue]

Home at last

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A friend mentioned her daughter wants to attend university overseas, and she wants my daughter, her best friend, to attend school in Europe with her. In spite of all our moving around, her daughter and my oldest girl have been besties for almost eight years. I didn't have the heart to tell my … [continue]

Saving my sanity: A list

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You should know, I am not my best self around the holidays, I'm probably my truest self, but certainly not my best. This time of year sends me into a frenzy of holiday distraction and people-hangovers and shopping madness. I have multiple virtual carts loaded with items I don't need, and I spend … [continue]

To hold longing

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I hand-picked the peeling birch branches we cut off the dying tree in the backyard. They’re white and spare and beautiful. Last Christmas, I hung small white doves from every twig. They sat like tiny messengers delivering a promise of peace for the year to come. This year, I chose those same … [continue]