Always a Mother

When¬†I moved a million miles from my mom and dad, I was 24 and had never been away from them for more than a few months at a time. When my new husband and I arrived at our fancy motel after a day of driving through cornfields, I knew I had to call my parents […]

No Such Thing As a Straight Line

The shortest distance between two points is a straigh line. Everyone learned that in some rudimentary math class. If I know it, then I know other, smarter people know it, because I don’t remember much math. Trouble is, that’s only true in the theorum proved world of paper and pencil, of digital symantics. Never was […]

Mother Weight

Before a woman has children, her wisdom is clear and distinct. Her ideals are commandments chiseled from on high. She knows she will tread the wire stretched taut across the expanse of her many towering responsbilities. Once those little creatures come along, that wisdom plunges, the commandments crack, the wire snaps. Those babies, with their […]

Daily Practice

Inspired by my friend Andi who writes and posts every day, despite being the owner of a farm with goats and other farm-type things of whose existence I remain blissfully unaware, and having the distinct honor of driving my daughters to school an hour before I clock in for work, I find myself most mornings […]

Writing the Balance

With the onslaught of the school year, and the shifting schedules of 5 people, I’ve been mindful of time. How I use it, how I can use it better, ways to waste and ways to add value to those little minutes that slip away like water in an open palm. The photos of kids on […]

First Comes Love

They were the blooming days of youth, full of vigor and promise, ripe with¬†delicious zeal. I couldn’t wait to do it again, to get out there and be with my new love. You know those nights where sleep is elusive, so filled is your mind with your beloved, and those mornings when waking in the […]

Fly Away

The tiniest Uhaul trailer sat burdened with wedding gifts: china, crystal, platters and more candlesticks than a family could use in a lifetime. We had married, he had graduated from college, and we had been on our honeymoon. Now it was time to not just drive, but to move my whole life across the country, […]

What A Bikini Body is Worth

      Photo credit: Class connection I saw you at the pool the other day. I glanced up from my chaise longue and my Alexander Hamilton biography and my summer daydreams and I spotted you. And I want to tell you: thanks.  Because I am a human, and my heart is dark and my mind […]

Know Thyself

A wild mass of excited parents filled the generic school auditrium. Our talented and genius progeny awaited in the lobby, some in ties and some in shorts, some in dresses and some in jeans. Their younger siblings ran circles around the plastic chairs while Pomp and Circumstance played on a loudspeaker.  I’m not generally a […]

Just Because

  And sometimes the rain begins to fall and it feels like if you don’t jump through a puddle you might jump off a cliff. When there’s no discernible plan and the restlessness has become tinged with sadness, and nothing feels right and you don’t want to pray or sing or dance, you still lace up […]