Poem for the Desert

What kind of poem could I write if I just sat in this spot all day? How many rocks? How many rain drops? How many questions? How many guffaws? Is there silence at all or do these Poems get louder when silence carries shrill laughter? There’s another – all ways another – Something singing dinging […]

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For the Women, On A Day Like This One

For my mother’s mother, Lorraine, who raised seven children in a spotless home; For my father’s mother, Della, who led with laughter and made hot chocolate on the stove; For my own mother, Diane, who runs marathons and taught us about tradition; And for my mother, whose value could never be neatly distilled but really […]

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Away Message

My bikini body ain’t what it used to be, but I’m in Paradise so I’m wearing red. There’s a topless child with uneven braids and a baseball cap who hasn’t glanced at her thighs even once. A very fat man in a white T-shirt just won two free drinks at poolside bingo regardless of his […]

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I Got A Job – I’m On Break

All the moms are standing around watching the soccer practice but I can’t manage to move my chair any closer. I’m on break.  I started a full time job in April, and since then I’ve been a different me. No more afternoon yoga classes, no more handmade pasta, no more folded laundry. I had no […]

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Mother’s Day: Somebody Mopped the Floor

I woke up with the same sore throat I’ve had since Thursday. To be fair, it felt better than tiny incense sticks pricking me at each swallow. The boys were watching cartoons while Lyndon set up the table with Wonder Bagels, balloons, and twin Sesame Street wrapped packages. Both dresses – both beautiful. Pink and […]

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Pot for Parents: From the NYTimes

I read this article when my premature baby was three months old. He had been home with me for one month after two loooooooong months in the NICU. Like so many new parents, I was overwhelmed, unprepared, and facing a severe identity crisis. Among other takeaways, this article gave me an example of a parent […]

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Spring Break: Organizing the Ordinary – Auntie Emily Camp

My sister is the mother of all mothers. (She’s also an award winning fourth grade teacher – she’s got a leg up on us.) She came up with this concept during Spring Break when she had five kids under her watch (two of ’em were mine). It’s pretty simple. Mommy~Auntie Emily Camp is basically a […]

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Take Them Out to the Ball Game: Opening Day at Frontier Field

I’ll be honest – I wasn’t thrilled to join in on the Opening Day festivities. I don’t care about baseball. It’s a long game and it doesn’t hold my attention. But after today, I’m thinking maybe my perspective was all wrong. Maybe baseball games aren’t actually about the ball and the bat and the intermittent […]

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Is 5 the Magical Age?

As so many of my readers already know, little kids create a really tough day to day. (Can I get a witness?) My boys are 15 months apart, and #TwoUnderTwo was incredibly difficult for me. It’s actually why I started this blog. I wanted a reason to type the words “Doing It Right” into the […]

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Creating a Block Association: Knowing Your Neighbors

“The benefit of forming a block association is that you build stronger relationships with your neighbors,” Natalia Ioffe told me over coffee and panettone. “You’re no longer just one family, one person. You can achieve much greater success together. When you have an association, you have a stronger voice if you have to deal with quality […]

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