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Madonna Of The Sharks

March 9, 2011

Or, The Adoration Of The Blessed Virgin By Charlie The Swordfish

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Everything I Needed To Know About Style I Learned From My Kindergartner

February 15, 2011

(Disclosure! This content series and the giveaway below is brought to you by Old Navy. Check out the Kids & Baby Sale in store with great deals starting at $5. And maybe take the opportunity to apply Emilia’s Ten Rules Of Fashion, outlined below.) Last week, I let Emilia be my stylist. It worked out [...]

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Moments When You Wish You’d Brought Your Slippers

January 28, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011, 12:05am, Opryland Hotel, Nashville. Rehearsal for State Of Bliss Magical Mystery Panel. The lights were hot. My feet were sore. This is not remotely interesting, but I liked this picture. CONTEXT.

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Thomas Kinkade Never Painted iPads

January 14, 2011

Here are some things that Jasper and Emilia love: crayons, art paper, paints, marshmallows, bubble wrap, trains, books, the iPhone, the iPad, video cameras, regular cameras, Toady, me, Kyle, the cats, skateboards, anything Disney, Scotch tape, cardboard boxes, stickers, the piano, and cookies. Only cookies with chocolate, though. They know their baked goods. Why they [...]

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On Being A Good Mother, In Spite Of It All

November 9, 2010

Before Emilia was born, I had a very clear plan about what kind of mother I was going to be. I was going to carry her with me everywhere in designer slings, I was going to hand-blend my own organic baby food, I was going to shun pacifiers, I was going to teach her sign [...]

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A Word Cloud Is Worth 49 Words

November 8, 2010

My One Word, wordled. Or rather, my 49 One Words, as decided by you (duplicates were eliminated) and then transcribed into Wordle for the purposes of making a word cloud, which is so last-month-media, but still. Note that I opted to include the word ‘moist,’ despite my deep aversion to it, for the simple reason [...]

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On Writing And Chaos And Other Precious Things

October 26, 2010

Here’s something about being a writer who documents her life online: there’s this compulsion to make the narrative coherent, to enforce a kind of literary flow, to work toward having the whole of the story – whatever that means – fall together in a way that makes some kind of sense. And yet the process [...]

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You Do The Hokey Pokey And You Write An Elegy

October 4, 2010

I was mid-way through a rant about Malcolm Gladwell when I saw this tweet from my friend Jenny. “Rest in peace, Nancy W. Kappes,” it said. My heart dropped. You probably didn’t know Nancy W. Kappes, Paralegal, but your life would have been richer if you did. Nancy was a self-professed ‘bad mom,’ an impious [...]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

September 20, 2010

Sunset over Maseru, Lesotho, September 2010 When I was a child, I thought that the appearance of sunbeams through a cloud was a sign that God was watching. Those beams were like God’s flashlight, I thought: they were evidence of Him peering through the gloom, looking for signs of human grace, or whatever it is [...]

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On A Wing And A Something

September 18, 2010

This. (Don’t cry when you watch it. DON’T.) (Okay, maybe a tear or two. Go ahead.) This is what I’m doing this week. Going to visit this project, to hear these stories. As you’re reading this, I’m en route. And as you’re reading this, my heart is pounding. I’m excited, and nervous, and thrilled, and [...]

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