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you shall above all things be glad and young

June 10, 2014

you shall above all things be glad and young For if you’re young, whatever life you wear It will become you;and if you are glad whatever’s living will yourself become. – e. e. cummings

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This Week In Mild Gratitude

April 4, 2014

I’ve sat down to write at least half a dozen times this week, and I’ve started about a half dozen posts (well, the same post, a half dozen times.) When I said last week that writing again was like a (re)birth, I didn’t realize how right I was, in so many other ways. It’s not [...]

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This Week In Joy

March 28, 2014

The other day, I wrote in this space for the first time in almost exactly nine months. Nine months is a long time, as anyone who has had a baby can tell you. When you hit nine months on the pregnancy calendar you are pretty much done, regardless of how much longer it actually takes, [...]

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Be The Conversation You Want To See In The World

March 25, 2014

It was right there at the top of my personal inbox this afternoon. A Dropbox file, shared by my friend David Wescott, with this note attached: As you may know, Gloria Steinem is 80 years old today. I thought it might be nice to share a recording of the conversation you had with her a [...]

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Postcards to Heaven

June 12, 2013

When you died, Emilia drew you a picture. It was your ‘death house’ she said; it was where you lived now. It had all your favorite things, as she understood them: cats and friendly sharks and motorcycles and flowers and heart-clouds. It was, she told me, your happy place. Grandpa should know that we know [...]

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A Very Big Adventure

May 23, 2013

Emilia and I are on a grand adventure. Most Disney-related adventures are grand – most of everyday Disney is grand, which is part of what makes it Disney – but this one is particularly special. In part because it’s part of a very cool Disney event (an event that crosses worlds and lands and time [...]

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Ode To J

May 18, 2013

Today, Jasper is five. I’m not sure quite how this happened. Just yesterday, he was one: Anyway. Today he is five, and my heart is kind of bursting. So I let it burst out all over a Story, because, really, narratively-driven heartbursts are the very best kind…   Happy birthday, little man. I love you [...]

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Ode To A Mother, Who May Or May Not Be Me

May 14, 2013

This. This poem makes my heart burst, of course. And throb and ache and all those terrible, wonderful things that hearts do when they are confronted by raw love. It’s worth noting that I don’t ride a bike to school – or anywhere – and that I don’t make lunch. I understand why she decided [...]

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This One Goes Out To The Mom I Love (Yes, Mom. That’s You.)

May 6, 2013

Dear Mom, Thank you. You’re rolling your eyes at me as I say that, I know. Oh, honey, you’re saying. We’ve had this conversation a thousand times since I became a mother myself, and it has always plays out in exactly the same way. Thank you, thank you, I didn’t know, I couldn’t know, how [...]

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Why Feminist Housewives Are Not Bullshit

March 25, 2013

My mother was a stay at home mom for most of my childhood, and an enthusiastic one at that. She cooked and baked and sewed and invented games and activities and stories and basically created a home environment that was rich in play and imagination and the smell of chocolate chip cookies. And she loved [...]

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