Ch-ch-ch-changes…

So, after eleven years as a stay-at-home mom, and fourteen years away from my own classroom, I am going back to teach Kindergarten. And I start Monday. And I interviewed yesterday. So to say this has been a whirlwind decision is an understatement. I wasn’t actively looking for full-time work. I was perusing occasionally, and […]

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Baby of Mine

“Would you like a song tonight?” I wonder if he heard the catch in my breath as I asked. I did. Each night, I wonder if it will be the last time. I’ve sung “Baby Mine” about 2,700 times. That’s not an exaggeration. For years, he hasn’t been able to settle into slumber without it. […]

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When Did I Become Such a Cynic?

I’ve been staring at the computer off and on all afternoon.  Trying to tie in a wine review, find a new fuzzy angle or a sweet story to share. But this year the cynic in me is cutting off every idea at the pass. The cynic whispers, “Is that really what you want to say?” […]

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#NFLChallenge-Can You Sacrifice 1% this Season?

So, I’m going WAY off course today. It was an idea that came to me on a walk, as most do. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Liturgists. The topic was Suffering. The guest, Scott Harrison, told the story of how and why he began Charity: Water, a non-profit that provides […]

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A Magic Trick and Back to School

Did you see that? I once again performed my perennial summer social media magic trick. Once the kids got out for summer, I DISAPPEARED, almost entirely. Other than a quick post on the fly or while the passenger on a road trip, I was invisible. It happens every summer and it used to come with […]

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A Thrill of Hope

I can’t get through the stanza without a catch in my throat and tears in my eyes. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices This year has been one challenge after another. From a global level to the very personal, this year has been one in which I’ve grown weary. There were stretches in […]

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Boy, I’m out of Shape

After a summer of having the kids home and being on the road for a few weeks, it was apparent that I was OUT OF SHAPE. Yes, there have been walks at the beach and around the neighborhood, some casual swims and hikes, but that just doesn’t cut it anymore. I got the kids back […]

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Love is More Than Candy Hearts

Earlier in the week, it was parties and conversation hearts. Heart-shaped cookies and treats for teachers. Our day began with heart-shaped pancakes, homemade cards. We will open a nice bottle later today. Perhaps a Barberesco (stay tuned). That is enough for us. It is our 15th Valentine’s Day together. Our love has changed, our family has […]

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Cobwebs and Clutter

Crrreeeeeaaakkkkk…. “Hello?” With great trepidation, I enter. Gesticulations begin, wiping madly at the webs, the dust clouds. It is easier to just keep the door shut, or to open it briefly only to tuck away another box. It is much harder to enter. To really evaluate what is in there, tucked behind the boxes large […]

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