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Multitude Mondays: Why Every Mom Needs Sticky Kitchen Chairs

photo credit Before Rob graduated from his medical residency, we were given the opportunity to attend an etiquette dinner, a six course meal complete with instruction on how to handle all the details of formal dining. We joked that his program director didn’t want his reputation tarnished by unmannerly alumni, but we gladly welcomed a free meal and a […]

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Dear Teenage Me…

Dear Teenage Me,   I’ve been thinking about you lately.   I know you feel all grown up with your brand new driver’s license and that clunky old white Mustang that gets wet floor mats when you speed through puddles on the street.   I realize that you think those straight A’s on your report […]

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Multitude Mondays: How To Dance With Frogs While you Wait for Your Prince

         She climbed right up on that frog at the zoo and inspected it for slime.  She counted its spots and patted its head and wondered aloud if this not-so-small frog had  ever been a prince.                    I asked her why a prince might have been […]

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Why Rocks are Better Than Cheetos (Or How to Find Your Way Home When You Get Lost)

I found the first stone by the table, right beneath the chair where Daddy sits when he’s home for diner.  Caked with mud and a light dusting of sand, it looked like a recent excavation right from the sandbox.  I picked it up, tossed it out the screen door and headed for the laundry room.  […]

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How Dust Dwellers Can Soar

We had packed a picnic and settled into the green grass, our eyes glued to the blue above. The sun began to sink slow, the lake swallowing its orange shadows like a beggar consuming a Thanksgiving feast. The air hung hot and heavy. Children grew restless. Are you sure we can see them from here? […]

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Multitude Mondays: Why I Don’t Ever Want To Grow Too Big To Play

We were all crammed on baby-bear chairs in the back of the first grade classroom.  Me.  And twenty other moms wiping sweat beads off of our foreheads on a sultry May day near the school year’s end.  The kids were lined up in a perfect row in front of the whiteboard at the classroom’s head. Each […]

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How to Avoid the Busy Brain Syndrome and Really Have a Great Summer!

photo credit Shortly after my son Lukas had begun kindergarten, we shared a heart-to-heart as I tucked him into bed one night. My strong-willed firstborn had longed to go to school for years. At three, he had stood at our wide picture window overlooking the street and watched with envy as his “big kid friends” set off […]

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Why We Have to Stoop to Soar

A hummingbird got trapped in our garage last fall. We noticed it, gossamer wings flapping frenzied, as my preschoolers piled into the van to pick up the kids at school.The tiny bird darted from one side of the garage to the other, bumping its soft feathered head on the ceiling and looping dangerously through the […]

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Real Princesses Wear P.L.U.M.

  My first daughter, Elizabeth was a self-declared princess.  From the moment she could walk and talk she made it clear that she was all about PINK. And the the more fluff  the better. Her closet was filled with ruffles and lace, tutus and tiaras. She didn’t own a pair of jeans because we couldn’t find […]

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Walk With Him Wednesdays: Why We Can’t Throw Out the Easter Tree Just Yet

She stumbled into the kitchen for a drink and  caught me red-handed. I thought she was asleep. Thought they were all asleep as I tidied up the counter and swept away the last crumbs of dinner.   That’s when I’d spotted it- that dried up centerpiece that had squatted silent in the middle of our table since […]

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