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Home sweet home

I spent last week at the beach with my family. We had a great week, and as a souvenir, I brought back the realization that I am old. My father used to drag us back from our vacations a day … Continue reading

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One mother’s meditation

Motherhood is like a game of ping pong on a table that sometimes changes into a plate of French fries or a thermometer or a bad report card, and you aren’t always supposed to hit the ball (sometimes you are … Continue reading

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A little distance goes a long way

I’ve discovered a wonderful way to get my children to do my bidding – I leave them alone. I don’t mean that I abandon them in the shady part of town until they’re willing to do anything to come home … Continue reading

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Vodka, de-cluttering and smiling at strangers

My joy has taken a turn for the alcoholic. Friday night we had friends over and the vodka flowed like a pure mountain stream in early spring. It was a fun night. Yesterday, perhaps in penance, I spent hours cleaning … Continue reading

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Hex bugs and girl talk

Not much joy yesterday. The day got away from me, I’m afraid. This morning, I played Girl Talk Jenga with Gracie, which was a lot of fun despite it’s offensive (to Gracie) hue of pink. It was educational to boot. … Continue reading

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On the red carpet

My daughter joined me in my pursuit of joy yesterday, which of course made my second foray into painting much more fun. She did have a few questions about my composition that verged on the critical. She questioned the purple parachuting … Continue reading

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Valentines at the shelter

Yesterday my kids and I made valentines for a nearby homeless shelter/soup kitchen, and today I delivered them, along with lollipops and some other donations. It was great to see my kids get excited about giving to people they don’t … Continue reading

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