The weight of a backpack

I met her after school today, because even though her play date was ninety percent confirmed, sometimes first grade days don’t unfurl as planned. Today, though, everyone was smiles and giggles, and I kissed her goodbye with an offer to unsnap her backpack from her back, to take it home with me. She declined ....more

Liar’s Bench – A review

Mudas Summers is on the brink of adulthood — seventeen years old, with a set of car keys in one hand and all sorts of confusion about the truth of her mother’s death in the other. Liar’s Bench by Kim Michele Richardson explores the power of truth, the strength of love, and the ability to move past bad choices to find peace. Set in 1972, Richardson takes full advantage of the tumultuous history of the time ....more

Dishwasher triumphs and other musings

I started the dishwasher before falling asleep last night, and a few hours before that I bought a candle that smells of grapefruit and spring. Simple things, unremarkable, except that many nights I forget to press start on the dishwasher. Dirty dishes greet me in a disappointed jumble the next morning when I pull open the door, and I have to use my second or third favorite coffee mug instead of my first favorite ....more

Sweet Silver Bells, the end

I adore you for reading until the end. If you landed here today, you can start at the...more


My planner sits next to me, and there’s no way I’m looking at it again tonight. Some days, the fullness of my heart and my brain converge into...more

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 12

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Dear Abbey, Almost a month has passed since you turned seven, since we ate birthday waffles and Sanders bumpy cake, and wished for amazing things for you. Time slips away when we’re not looking, when we’re busy doing the things you love — like dance and make-believe and construction paper pirate maps with your adoring little brother — and the things you don’t always love — like cleaning the chaos of your imaginary worlds. I hesitated to publish this letter, not because I don’t want to share how special you are to our family, but because I’m not sure how much longer you’ll want me to share these moments with those outside your most trusted circle ....more

Sweet Silver Bells, part 11

(Talk about a story break, sorry readers! Let’s get this one finished, huh? I’ll be writing the conclusion over the next couple of Wednesdays ....more

UNO, mixing Play-Doh, and 28 Days of Play

Playing UNO with a pirate. One of those things is harder for me than the other one. I’m talking about playing with Abbey and Dylan as part of an amazing series called 28 Days of Play, which is the brain child of the talented Rachel Cedar ....more

Five things

The light is shifting. Even with “spring forward” almost a week away, the sun is setting a little later, and daylight comes sooner. A pale yellow glow lights the sky where it’s been painted gray for months ....more