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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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Raising Butterflies

At a recent family gathering, my sister-in-law and her husband announced that they were beginning the adoption process. They glowed with excited anticipation as they  shared their news. To celebrate, we popped the cork on a bottle of champagne and … Continue reading

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Listening to Understand

When a few of us traveled to Reno with my friend Carrie, she called her sons, who both happen to live there. She invited the younger to meet us for dinner and the older for breakfast. “But only if you … Continue reading

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A Letter To My Daughters

Dear Emma and Clara, This coming weekend is Mother’s Day–my tenth as a mother. You will shower me with homemade gifts and sweet cards, but it is you, my daughters, who I want to celebrate. And whom I want to … Continue reading

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Electronics versus Nature

(My friend Corrie Kate is an excellent mother. I don’t know if it’s because she had an exceptional upbringing, because she’s so creatively intelligent, or because her four kids give her a lot of practice. Regardless, on our weekly walks … Continue reading

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Learning the Log Roll

After school on Friday, my nine-year-old daughter opened the car door, crawled onto my lap, and began crying–slow, mournful sobs that reeked of inadequacy and failure, and sent my heart to my stomach.  In her sweaty hand, folded into a … Continue reading

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