pink lipstick is our new normal

We welcome our first day of social distancing and online learning with warm pajamas, mugs of vanilla steamers, and a sparkler-like excitement about all the newness that surrounded us.  Chromebooks position themselves in a row at our long, wood kitchen table.  Sissy respectfully decorates her teal Chromebook case with flowers and butterflies – a form […]

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remember how to play

In the middle of the week, on a typical school morning, a small surprise awaited me outside:  snow.  Small hills cascaded over the birdbath and tree stump in our backyard.  Our street, normally separating us from the neighbors, was now covered in a thick, marshmallow-like pillow.  My first instinct:  catch up on some reports, return […]

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finding joy

At the beginning of 2019 I made a commitment with myself that I would give to the world and my community in service, and not out of servitude.  What does this mean?  To me it means, doing what fills UP my bucket rather than what is required of me by social norms, commitments to schedules, […]

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meditation walk

 At first, my walks outside with Aussie dog consisted of me and, of course, Aussie.  She walked steadily at my heel, carrying her rainbow llama stuffy in her mouth. We strolled to the block where the green patch of grass spread long, like a narrow runway carpet.  Zipping in between the trees, Aussie walked, carrying […]

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the mistake: the punch

Standing in line to come back inside from the fall afternoon, Buddy felt restless waiting for his peers to line-up.  It was 3:45 PM and the day of school had already filled his mind with reading group, drawing a map of South America, and processing the sounds of the lights and low hum of the […]

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my heart hurts

“Mom, please can I sleep in your bed tonight?” pleaded two sets of still-awake eyes.  My eyes responded with a head shake, side-to-side.  But those two sets of still-awake eyes wouldn’t give into that single rejection. “Come on, Mom!  We can have story time with flash-lights tonight!  And we will sleep with all of the […]

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the clouds that chase us

A pair of red noise-cancelling headphones roll around the floor of my car.  A pink and brown leopard print blanket and brilliant blue blanket are folded in the seat next to my daughter.  Tucked into the side of car door cubby is small journal and two markers: a hot pink Sharpie and purple Crayola marker.  […]

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