Monthly Archives: January 2014

Pleasant Encounters

I talked to Dad twice last week for a total of eight hours. I think that’s more, all told, than in the previous three years combined. The first time, we sat in my car for three hours on a beautiful … Continue reading

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The List

Dear R, T, S, & L, I’ve thought long and hard about sharing this list. I discovered it about five years ago. I remember sitting at the kitchen table in front of my computer, feeling an odd, slow-growing relief. At … Continue reading

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Grandpa

Dear R, T, S, & L, So much has happened in these first weeks of 2014. I’ve been too emotionally taxed to write much of anything, but it’s time to share at least a little of your grandfather’s passing. He … Continue reading

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What We Love

“Love is a tree and if we don’t grow it from the roots we’ll spend our lives collecting dried leaves.”  Her grandmother was right; until we love ourselves, until we understand that we are love, we will always chase poor substitutions. … Continue reading

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The Only Calibration that Counts

Once again, I came across something that resonated deeply for me, and wanted to share it. This is a letter by English poet Ted Hughes to his 24-year old son. It’s long and somewhat densely written, but so wonderful. If … Continue reading

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Brutal Weather

Temperatures the next few days are going to be brutal. Monday’s high is forecast at -15. I can’t help but think of you and hope you’ll all be safe as you travel for school and work. Moms sign on for … Continue reading

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