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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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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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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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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