Category: Family

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Day 217/365 Like a River

My dear friend, Nichole, and her love, Jay, asked me to write something to be read at their wedding last weekend. I was very intimidated by the idea at first.  I thought to myself, why would they want a single, divorced person to write something about love and marriage? I’m not exactly an authority on the subject. It was daunting. I thought about marriage, … Read More Day 217/365 Like a River

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Day 216/365 The Crying Camel

We do this to ourselves as parents, I know this. We set ourselves up for disappointment by having an expectation of how a certain day or activity will go. I don’t often have my girls on the weekends. In the summer months and other school breaks we are spoiled with lots of free time together. However, during the school year we do not have … Read More Day 216/365 The Crying Camel

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Day 193/365 War & Peace

Last night there was a war in my house… Well, perhaps it was more of a single battle, as it didn’t last long. It escalated quickly, and one of the sides hastened a tearful retreat. I tucked the emotionally wounded party into bed, and waited in neutral territory for her adversary to exhaust herself and raise the white flag. Which she did, in her … Read More Day 193/365 War & Peace

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Day 187/365 Lines

This was my Great Aunt Annette, classically captured by my mother. Annette was my grandfather’s sister.  She was a well regarded art teacher, a painter, a single mother of two sons, and a proud grandmother. I was so happy to come across this picture tonight. I have thought of her many times over these past few months, as I have been writing this gratitude … Read More Day 187/365 Lines

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Day 177/365 Papa Did This

We spent the weekend in one of my favorite places on Earth, with many of my favorite people. Summer, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to you. Thanks for humoring me. Sitting out on the dock last night, we watched the most beautiful sunset unfold. Beau leaned into me and whispered, “I think Papa did this for us.” She meant the sunset, of course, … Read More Day 177/365 Papa Did This

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Day 172/365 The Tethers Release

Today was the first day back to school for my girls.  Though we’ve been together all summer, they each seemed suddenly older and taller than before, as they joined their (now 3rd and 5th grade) classes. At the Waldorf school they attend, the first day back begins with a ceremony in which they welcome each child (in the whole school – grades 1st through … Read More Day 172/365 The Tethers Release

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Day 170/365 Turning Yin Yang on it’s Head

My friend, Sarah, and I were talking the other day about gender roles within heterosexual couples (amongst mothers and fathers in particular)… The Yin Yang of domestic life. We got onto the topic because we were talking about my trip to Maine and how it was empowering for me to go on a more challenging trip, and to be cast in the role of … Read More Day 170/365 Turning Yin Yang on it’s Head

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Day 159/365 Island Adventure Part III

I hope I’m not speaking too soon (for we aren’t being ferried back to civilization until tomorrow morning) but I feel pretty confident in writing that this adventure has been a success. I made some mistakes- There was the idiotic near drowning (refer to Part I for the full story). I should have packed less food, more ice. I remembered a battery pack for … Read More Day 159/365 Island Adventure Part III

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Day 138/365 You Must Be A Tree

After reading my blog the other day – An Invitation – which was about compassion and acceptance around a transgender loved one (in my case, my ex-husband), a friend of mine wrote to me recounting this story – She was at a wedding with her niece, who is five.  Her niece said to their family friend, “Are you a girl or a boy?” The … Read More Day 138/365 You Must Be A Tree

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136/365 The Canary Breaks Free

“I need to tell you something while we are alone,” she said. We were headed to meet some friends for dinner. Naturally, I thought she was dying. So, it was actually a relief when she told me she was just moving to the other side of the country. Well played, Lynette. I always want people to follow their bliss, their dreams, wherever their gut … Read More 136/365 The Canary Breaks Free

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Day 135/365 An Invitation

I was listening to Glennon Doyle speak the other day. Glennon is a New York Times best-selling author, and a general lover of…humanity. She inspires me often. She spoke about what we can do when things are happening in the world that we know are wrong. She was inspired to speak about this after the recent ban on transgender people in the armed forces. I … Read More Day 135/365 An Invitation

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Day 127/365 The Reason

Out of the blue one of my girls asked me the other day if I went to my prom. “Yes, I did,” I replied. “Who did you go with? Did you go with your boyfriend?” she asked. “Well, my junior prom I went to with a boy named Brian. He wasn’t my boyfriend then, but I wanted him to be. Senior prom I went … Read More Day 127/365 The Reason