Christmas List (!)

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Confession time. One of my favorite pre-Christmas rituals is stalking every blog known to mankind in search of the ultimate gift guide. The time I waste peeking into other people’s virtual shopping bags from mid-November until December 25th is downright embarrassing but I CANNOT STOP. It’s a compulsive addiction, which is why I’m about to […]

“I have a question.”

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It’s Molly’s new favorite phrase, followed by the usual onslaught of inquiries: “Can I have a drink? Where’s Ellie? Why’s Nana crying?” It’s annoyingly cute, the way she scrunches her face and demands an answer, oblivious to bigger concerns. School starts tomorrow and in ten days Savannah will be a preschooler. A meticulously stocked princess backpack […]

Documenting June: A(nother) List

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In the twenty-minute process of staring at my computer screen trying to decide what to blog about I’ve concluded that contentment provides little fodder for over-thinking writers like myself, which makes me seriously question the intent of past posts. Were they sincere reflections or all just prettified complaints – rose-covered dirt heaps delivered straight to […]

And/Both

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I’ve been mentally refining a metaphor-in-progress for days now, sifting for diamonds in the sand, and as I stand in the shower, hot water washing away the excess, my word hunt gives way to larger pursuits. Visions of a master’s degree in creative writing and hard-sought national publication light up my brain like fireworks in […]

The Naughty List

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Wrapping paper and diapers. It turns out even a list of this microscopic stature can ignite a blog-worthy tale when combined with the right amount of toddler – especially when said toddler has caught wind of her second birthday two months too soon. What started as a bad decision (hindsight wins again) to delay naptime […]