Category Archives: Essays

A Big Hit of Perspective

It was one of those Monday mornings. The alarm went off too early after a night of stressful dreams.  I pressed snooze repeatedly which meant I had to skip my precious half hour of coffee drinking with my husband. Instead, … Continue reading

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Flying

“The theme you choose may change or simply elude you, but being your own story means you can always choose the tone. It also means that you can invent the language to say who are you and what you mean.” … Continue reading

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The “L” in Laughter

(This essay was originally posted on March 27, 2012.) When I became pregnant with my first child, I approached impending parenthood the same way I tackle everything: I bought every book there was on the subject, highlighted and dog-eared the … Continue reading

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A Good Mystery

My mother’s friend Ruth and I like to talk books. After reading a book I’ve recommended in a post, she’ll send me her review and pass on a title or two that she has enjoyed. When Ruth emailed this summer … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Regret

(This essay was originally posted on May 3, 2011.) At dinner the other night, my daughter asked, “Mom, what is the one thing you would change from your past?” My husband’s fork paused midair. “Pretty deep question for dinner conversation.” … Continue reading

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The Tender Gravity of Kindness

(This essay was originally posted on January 25, 2011.) The most memorable course I took in college was a seminar entitled Peace and Violence. We covered topics such as nuclear disarmament, poverty, and homelessness. Emboldened by youthful outrage and an … Continue reading

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The Fireball Release

I did not want to go to the Fair.  This annual event encompasses everything I hate: crowds, overstimulation, and senseless consumerism. Other than a visit to the quilt exhibit, I’m uninterested in everything Fair related, especially since my kids have … Continue reading

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