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  • The shots you don't take

    January 18, 2020 by

    Wayne Gretzky, hockey hall-of-famer with an asymmetrical face, once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I used that inspirational quote to get the entire family out into the yard 2 Sundays ago to watch the SpaceX launch at 9:16 p.m. “Guys, you can’t see it if you don’t come outside and… Read more

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  • The Next Right Thing

    January 8, 2020 by

    I’ve been thinking about Frozen 2 quite a lot lately. No one wants to admit this less than I do. I hated Frozen 1. Olaf was the only thing worth watching and even he could not save that movie for me. But the second one had some merit. There is a scene in the second… Read more

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  • a season of thanksgiving

    November 27, 2019 by

    Crimson and gold cling to the maple trunks with the desperation of a dying season. They cannot hold on in the exhale of winter.With a flutter to the ground, it is finished.They know.And I know.With the color of harvest at my feet, I wrap myself against the coldAnd watchAs the weaker leaves scuttle in the… Read more

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  • Mistaken Identity

    November 25, 2019 by

    I try to go into situations with the proper education. If I don’t know a thing, I try to research the thing and come up to a speed I can manage. The internet is very helpful. Sometimes. Just last week, I used Google Images to discover what somebody famous looked like. So I’d be ready… Read more

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  • Shiny side down

    October 31, 2019 by

    Eighteen years ago, we adopted our firstborn. All these years later, we are grateful still. For him. For the woman who placed him in our care. For the channel that brought him to us when we couldn’t have a child on our own. It was as conventional an adoption as it could have been We took him home on Day 3 of his life. There was no reversal in decision on either side. No hang-ups or glitches at the hospital or with the official paperwork. But even the most conventional adoptions are never truly conventional. There are so many layers. Even now. Especially now.

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  • It’s all grit to me

    October 11, 2019 by

    My youngest daughter started a new school last week. It is the second time in 8 weeks that she has started middle school. The only thing worse than starting middle school once is starting it twice. In my recent blog to the Instagram generation, which was directed to my daughters who will likely never read it, I referenced the challenges of being in an IB middle school. When I wrote that post, I didn’t know how much more challenging it would become in such a short time. We escalated from “this isn’t going so smoothly” to “I’m pulling her out” in less than two weeks.

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  • Unfinished Business

    October 9, 2019 by

    I’ve been thinking a lot about my job.I’m a parent. I don’t get paid in conventional dollars. But I do get paid in something. Sometimes it feels like sentiment. Sometimes it feels like a sentence.But it’s a job, man. I used to have a steady, good-paying job writing software manuals. And I was decent at… Read more

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  • The Typing Teacher

    September 26, 2019 by

    There are a few people to whom I owe gratitude every time I finish any piece of writing that’s longer than a sentence fragment. I always thank God for sewing words into me. For making me love the way a sentence sounds as it leaves the pages of the books I read. I thank my… Read more

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  • Give my Regards

    September 23, 2019 by

    I spent the last 4 ½ days in New York City, my very favorite city on earth. Even now, I am looking out of my hotel room at the city sights below. I hardly missed my dog. That’s how much I enjoy this city. In previous visits, I have embraced looking like a tourist. Stopping… Read more

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  • Remembering 9/11

    September 11, 2019 by

    On September 11, 2001, I was 30. I had been a mom for only 3 1/2 months. It was Tuesday. And prior to that particular day, September 11’s only significance to me was the birthday of a very special little boy. This day was his 2nd birthday.

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