Cereal with a Side of Compassion

Author’s Note: This post was originally published two years ago, but it is just as applicable today. Not just because our dog Jobe is once again sick – well, not necessarily sick so much as recovering from surgery – but because compassion and forgiveness are ALWAYS applicable. Every day ....more

Crappy First Drafts and Less-than-Ideal Conditions

Earlier today I sat down to write. The conditions were optimal, just the way I like it. A candle flickered in front of me ....more

Questions, Answers, and Making God Laugh

They say, if you want to make God laugh, just tell her your plans. It seems God (or the universe, if you prefer) has an insatiable sense of humor. And a wry one at that ....more

The Things You Remember (and Some You’d Like to Forget)

When my first son was born, I became obsessed with milestones. First smile, first laugh, first tooth. When he could roll over, sit unassisted, crawl ....more

back to basics

You don’t need to look at the calendar to know that it’s January – around these parts, at least. We had our first real snow last night and I spent 30 cold – but strangely meditative – minutes shoveling this morning. I just received an email announcing that school is cancelled tomorrow ....more

Over the River and Through the Woods

A version of this post was originally published in June 2012, but since many of us are traveling over the river and through the woods during the holidays, it seems to be fairly apropos. As they say, it’s not necessarily the destination, but the journey, that matters. Safe and comfortable travels to you all ....more

Huckered Down and Huddled Together

A version of this post was originally published almost two years ago, in the midst of a long and stressful winter. And although there is no snow on the ground where I live and we are gearing up for Christmas, not Valentine’s Day, this post seems particularly applicable right now. Just turn on the news […] ...more

Glitter, Lights, and Doing the Best We Can

“Why can’t we have lights on the outside of the house this year?” Teddy has asked about a thousand times in the past two weeks. “We had them last year.” Each time, I remind him that we aren’t putting lights on the house this year. “But look at that house ....more

Here, There, Everywhere

In the past 24 hours, I have been here, there, and everywhere – virtually and physically. Yesterday morning, an article of mine appeared on Motherlode,...more

All the Feelings

When I stepped out my front door yesterday afternoon, in a hurry to squeeze in a quick trip to the grocery store before dropping Teddy off at preschool, I almost stumbled over several large boxes. Inside the boxes were several copies of The Book. Holy smokes, y’all! ...more