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February 20, 2012
Author. He said Author.

"I would like to represent you," he said. He and his wife met me for coffee; he is the business, she is the intuition. Together, they are renowned in their field as a tremendously successful literary team. And he wants to represent me. Me. I think my expression was somewhat quizzical. "So, are you saying […]

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February 19, 2012
My Own Silliness

Sometimes, I am silly and spontaneous in the morning. (I get this from my dad, who occasionally woke his school-age children with a loud serenade or one-act play with multiple characters.) The boys were reluctant to get out of bed on a school morning, so I turned myself into a one-girl show.  As I laid […]

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February 17, 2012
Coffee With a Widower

His wife died one week after their daughter was born.  She left behind a two-year-old son, a newborn daughter, and a husband reeling and gasping for air. He said, "I'd love to meet you for coffee sometime.  We should share our stories." And so we did. He cried as he listened to my story.  He […]

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February 16, 2012
Just in Time, Valentine.

What happened to the old days when there were a couple of (zealously high-achieving, crafty and brilliant) room mothers who hosted the class Valentine's Party? Things have changed. "The Valentine's Party is on Tuesday, and all parents are welcome." Translate that in Mom Language: If you don't come, your child will be the only one […]

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February 15, 2012
This Thing Of Going By Yourself

"Mommy, this thing of you going off by yourself sometimes?  It's not going to happen anymore." "It probably will, buddy." "But then I cry." "Did you cry tonight while I was gone?" "No." "Well, see?  That's good.  And I came back.  I always come back." "But you're not going to go anywhere on your own […]

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February 14, 2012
I Never Told Him.

Do you know what he used to do? He used to warm up my side of the bed.  He would lay there, in my spot, so the sheets would be warm when I climbed in.  And then he would move over to the cold side and start all over again, warming a spot for himself. […]

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February 13, 2012
Together.

I cried, cried, cried. I cried so much, Tucker started to cry. I wanted to stop crying for him, if not for me. But I couldn't. He climbed into my lap. His language is touch. He wrapped himself around me. We cried together. "I miss Daddy," I said. "You are safe, buddy.  I'm just so […]

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February 12, 2012
Vade Mecum

I always have a book with me.  Physically and always, I have a book with me. I just learned there is a name for this: vade mecum.  vay-dee-MEE-kum  noun. 1.  a book for ready reference: manual. 2. something regularly carried about by a person. "Vade mecum" is Latin for "go with me." Could there be […]

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February 11, 2012
. . .in all my lovings. . .

O God, I know that if I do not love Thee with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my strength, I shall love something else with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Grant that putting Thee first in all my lovings I may be […]

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February 10, 2012
...in all my lovings...

O God, I know that if I do not love Thee with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my strength, I shall love something else with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Grant that putting Thee first in all my lovings I may be […]

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February 10, 2012
Everything Daddy was Good At

"Mommy, tell me everything Daddy was good at that you're not." Everything? And it has to be things I'm not good at? Things exclusive to him? That's a tall order, kiddo. My dandelion boy looks to me with anticipation, ready to take notes if only he knew how to write. "Daddy was very organized. He […]

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February 9, 2012
The One Who Cannot Grieve

There is a benefit to now. There is a grace in the first year: people expect grief to overwhelm. They expect the isolation, the empty mind, the wordlessness, the side effects, the absence of one's spirit. There is grace. Unfortunate is the one who cannot grieve in the window of grace. Unfortunate is the one […]

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February 9, 2012
Hope finds its Roots
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February 8, 2012
No Regrets, but a Handful of Apologies.

Hey, babe, I'm sorry for texting sometimes while you were talking to me. I'm sorry for the times when you told a joke, but I didn't laugh.   I'm sorry if I ever let you feel lonely. I'm sorry if you ever had to wonder where you fit in my heart. I'm sorry for the […]

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February 7, 2012
The Us that We Are
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February 7, 2012
Strolling the Grocery Store

I was grocery shopping with two boys. You know. My favorite. The usual acrobatic routine of the wrestling brothers, the tipping cart, the try to remember the list, the race to the finish. We turned a corner to find our neighbor, Miss Jenny. She was making the rounds herself, although she was flying solo. Her […]

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February 5, 2012
The Unknown Perspective

Sometimes I like to think about the unnamed characters in the Bible, the perspective we don't get to hear about. Take, for instance, Zebedee's wife. I've been thinking on this paragraph, where Jesus asks James and John, the sons of Zebedee, to follow him, to be his disciples, to become fishers of men. "When he […]

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February 4, 2012

"When I think about how good my book could be, I can hardly breathe." ~ Truman Capote

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February 3, 2012
To Hold Them in My Hands

Everybody brings stuff. He brings his, she brings hers, and together they build a relationship that starts with the invisible elements they each brought. Some of the stuff is beautiful. Skills and gifts that help one to love well. Laughter that is contagious. Arms that are safe, strong, familiar. Eyes that listen, eyes that smile. […]

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February 2, 2012
Way to go, Smart Mom.

I know these symptoms.  In the morning he has a runny nose, and by nightfall, we can land in the ER.  It's the nature of Respiratory Airway Disease.  Zero to sixty in .2 seconds. Tuck was showing all the classic signs of decline, and I had tapped all of my at-home resources and remedies.  We […]

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