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We Shall Race To The Place We Get Out Of The Playground: On Children and the Unbearable Lightness of Friendship

February 22, 2013

Dear Beatrix, Do you know I’m your bestest bestest friend? I hope we can have another play date or even have a sleepover. I hope we have fun at school today. Should we have a sleepover at my house or your house? Maybe at the sleepover we can watch a movie. Maybe you and me can [...]

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Down This Long Distance Line

January 29, 2013

I’ve been away from kids for over a week now, and I miss them. I miss them something fierce. I miss their little hands and their little arms and their sweet little faces and their sweet little voices telling me that they love me. And then I pull up pictures of last weekend and I [...]

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Seven Things I Learned On My Winter Vacation

January 11, 2013

Oh, hey. Remember me? I used to post to this blog. I haven’t posted since last year, which sounds terrible when you say it out loud, but of course it’s only been eleven days since last year, so it’s not that bad, really, until you realize that eleven days (plus whatever number days passed between [...]

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Ode To Joy

December 20, 2012

This. This is a reminder that no matter what else might be happening in the world, this is a season for joy, and that the expression of that joy is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Joy is hope, and hope is joy, and we should seek it and celebrate it wherever we can. Let’s do that. [...]

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Why I’m Not Talking To My Kids About Sandy Hook

December 17, 2012

I did not tell my children about Sandy Hook. I did not tell my children about Sandy Hook because, look: I don’t want to talk about Sandy Hook with my children. I don’t want to talk about Sandy Hook, at all. To anybody. Unless, that is, it’s to a gun rights advocate who is insisting [...]

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(Not Quite) The Best Mom Ever

December 11, 2012

I returned home the other day, after nearly a week away, to this: It was a ‘Welcome Home’ party, organized by Emilia, the place of honor dedicated to me and adorned with messages of love, ‘because we missed you, Mommy.’ Which: OOF. My heart, my heart. Do I deserve this? I don’t deserve this. I’m [...]

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Somewhere Out There

November 29, 2012

This is the place that I am at. I can’t talk about what I am doing here, because it’s for a story in a magazine that is not the online kind of magazine that tells stories in real time, and because it’s not in real time I can’t tell my own version of the story [...]

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Tale As Old As Time

November 14, 2012

This girl. This girl turned seven today. I’m not sure how it is possible, but it is. Once she was one, and now she is seven, and I don’t know how we got from there to here or how we will get from here to the next there, and so on, and so forth. Every [...]

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For Every Storm, A Rainbow

November 13, 2012

When I was six years old, my family home caught fire. We escaped out an upstairs window, climbing onto the sundeck and then dropping what seemed an interminable distance to the ground below where people wrapped us in blankets. There were firemen there, and firetrucks, and lots of people standing, in their nightclothes, at the [...]

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Hurricane Sandy, In Numbers

November 7, 2012

The week of Hurricane Sandy, in numbers: Days that I was more or less trapped in an apartment with two small children: 7 Days that it took before I cracked open the bourbon: < 1 Days it took for me to finish the bourbon: > 1 Bags of Halloween candy consumed: 4 Bags of Halloween [...]

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