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November 18, 2021
Baby Ben, a Digital Robot, & My First Go at Grandparenting

I don't know if I've mentioned this recently, but Tuck is in tenth grade.  He has far surpassed my height, he drives me all over town, and he bakes dinner at least once a week.  He is taking a child development class this semester, and he has been learning and talking about words like breastfeeding, […]

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June 22, 2021
The Naked Movie

I am writing in the library today. A mom and her little girl - probably four years old - walked by my spot near the movie section, and I heard the little girl begging her mom to get her The Naked Movie. Mom: "I'm sorry, what? I don't understand what you're asking me." Daughter: "I […]

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June 15, 2018
More than Filtered Cheekbones

I changed my cover photo on Facebook. It had been a picture of Peter and me enjoying ice cream cones while the boys were at camp, since we seem to be on a mission to have ice cream every blessed day of this summer. Sprinkle cones notwithstanding. I scrolled through my options. I could choose […]

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May 22, 2018
The Sparkling Moment

I have wanted to meet her for a long time. Natalie Goldberg is the queen bee of memoir, and she taught me everything I know. Or it seems that way. I fell in love with Writing Down the Bones six years ago, and I've been carrying some version of her books in my writing bag […]

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May 18, 2018
Snakes in Santa Fe

It turns out that Santa Fe doesn't have nearly as many snakes as I thought. I thought the whole city was slithering with them, and if I went, I'd have to be on the alert at all times. I pictured them hiding under the toilet seat and between the seats of the rental car and […]

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November 25, 2016
Helicopters, Cattle, and Neapolitan Ice Cream

Snippets of dialogue at our Thanksgiving table. Characters: Me, Peter, Tucker, Tyler, my Mom, and my Dad. (But characters are not specified in the dialogue, so use your imagination.) * * * “What should be our Thanksgiving question this year?” “I have one. How about ‘What are you thankful for?” “Okay, let’s start with A, […]

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May 21, 2016
Get Drunk on the Lovely of it All

It is Wedding Week. I am in the last seven days of one of the most sacred seasons of my life. I am ‘between beds’ like some people are ‘between jobs’ or ‘between relationships.’ We’ve moved the Single Girl’s Bed out, but the Married Couple’s Bed hasn’t arrived yet. So I’m sleeping on a mattress […]

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October 10, 2015
Love Connection in the Friendly Skies

In my ongoing efforts to prove that one can be footloose, fancy-free, and an airline flyer (I admit this is a weird message to want to carry into the world), I am routinely the last passenger to get on a plane. I don’t care where I sit, and I don’t like to be contained before […]

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October 1, 2015
150 Pounds in The World's Unwieldiest Stroller

Well, just in case I didn’t love grocery shopping with every ounce of my heart, I’m now back to pushing two loafers around in the cart. The Target experience is a little too much of a jaunt for Tucker and his recovering foot, so I load the two of them into a cart made for […]

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August 22, 2015
"and life comes back" - in My Very Own Voice

I’m in the studio this week, laying tracks for the audible recording of And Life Comes Back.  I’m kind of having a crazy great time with this process. And it’s a wholly separate something, this business of listening to myself tell the story.  It’s one thing to see it on the screen, another to see […]

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July 22, 2015
Fifteen Years.

Fifteen years.  That’s a lot of years.  This would have been a milestone anniversary for us, I like to think.  Our pattern was to celebrate bigger on the fives.  This feels like a bigger anniversary because it also means that I’ve now ‘celebrated’ half as many anniversaries without him as I ever had with him. How […]

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July 8, 2015
He Threw Down the Gauntlet on the Breckenridge River

Robb and I were in our twenties, and our children were merely a far-away-maybe-someday hope. It was just the two of us on a little tiny vacation to Breckenridge, our favorite mountain town.  There is a mountain river that rushes through the town, with a bridge over it, grassy banks on either side, and stepping […]

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July 1, 2015
This One Important Thing

To read this article in its entirety with PJ Parenting, click here. I was drinking iced coffees at Starbucks with my agent, whom I love deeply and implicitly for more reasons than just the fact that he launched my career. He asked me, “Trish, how will you redeem this #BrokenFootSummer? How does a writer make […]

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May 18, 2015
Never Miss The Real Win

I’ll admit, I still have kind of a hard time knowing who has the ball and what’s happening next on the football field at Tucker’s games.  Keeping score takes my full attention, which - let’s be honest - is usually divided by the younger of my two distractions, so when they throw in some penalties […]

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May 14, 2015
The Monster at the End Of This Book

A Throwback Thursday Dialogue with Tyler * * * "Mommy, how many humps do camels have?" He's sitting in my lap during the safety break at the top of the hour.  We have two towels wrapped around him; he's a small and shivery five-year-old. I run through my mental list of camel facts. "I think they […]

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April 24, 2015
That Moment When I was Ridiculous with Jon Acuff

I feel like I can call Jon Acuff my friend because it's a liberty I need to take, since one of my worst professional moments happened when he and I were eating lunch in the green room of a conference where we were each speaking. I'm telling you, I was an idiot. We were backstage […]

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March 27, 2015
Draw The Line Somewhere

"Mommy, I think there are some things you shouldn't do before you're married." "You are exactly right, buddy," I say, ready for whatever tell-all questions may come next. He looks me squarely in the eye.  I square right back.  Bring it, kiddo.  Let's talk. "Like sharing the garage code."

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February 28, 2015
Lunchables, Goldfish Marriages, and Where The Red Fern Grows

“Mommy, did you know someone can die of a broken heart?” “I do know.” I very nearly have. I don't often get to be the one to decide when and where we will have these memorable conversations, and they most often emerge at stoplights, in public bathrooms, or in the frozen foods section. For this […]

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January 23, 2015
"I Can't Stand How Much I Love You."

"Mommy, I love you so much. Sometimes I can't stand how much I love you. It's like I love you just too, too much." He's every bit my child. Hyperbolic superlatives are not lost on us. "Actually, Mommy, I don't think I could ever love you too much. Right? There is no such thing as […]

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December 22, 2014
The Thing About Timehop

Timehop is this time capsule app that lets you see exactly what pictures and updates you posted on this exact date in history, and I happen to think it's pretty much the best app to ever hit Facebook. Sometimes I'm dramatic, but I do think I might be right about this. See, the best and […]

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