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June 3, 2021
Another Sleepy, Dusty Delta Day

"'It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day. I was out choppin' cotton and my brother was bailin' hay." That's how the song starts. With a haunting melody, it's story song about a boy's suicide when he jumps off the high bridge in their Missisippi County. The third of June is when […]

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April 9, 2021
Easter Baskets. I Can Talk About It Now.

I made a fatal error this week. Its name is Easter Baskets.  For a while I couldn't talk about it, but as all mistakes, I can now see what I wish I had seen.  I can now share with you what I shall always remember.  The Easter Baskets are a thing. I had this fleeting […]

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January 12, 2021
The Laughing Episode

Maybe this has happened to you. You’re some place fairly serious, aiming to have a fairly serious conversation, and suddenly something strikes you funny. Something that isn’t actually funny in real life. Oh, say, bowel cancer. Or blood clots. Something unanimously unfunny. But, you see, outside of this fairly serious conversation, you’ve been navigating some […]

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November 26, 2020
A Tale of Two Turkeys

I mean, I've never been in charge of a turkey before. And since our Thanksgiving is the most intimate ever, I bought the smallest turkey ever. Almost a medium-ish chicken. So, since I've never been in charge of a turkey, I didn't know what color it should be or what it should smell like. I […]

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October 21, 2020
It's Not a Word - Yet.

“Tarbled.” adjective: wind-blown; lacking precision but compensating in charm; messy but cute. ~ ~ ~ "I am a lover of messy people; a tarbled mom of two teenage boys who are likely late to school and wearing mismatched socks; I have been known to absent-mindedly doodle in the margins of overdue library books; I have […]

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April 11, 2020
Our Loudest Easter Story

I wanted to send this story to you on Easter morning or the night before, but things got away from me, what with the glazed ham and the hashbrown potatoes and the early service and hosting all the family and dyeing of inappropriate eggs. (I distinctly recall saying nobody was allowed to draw penises on […]

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April 8, 2020
Locked in a Bedroom: A Good Friday Gone Wrong

It's been more than a decade since this Good Friday situation, the day Baby Tyler locked Toddler Tucker and me in a second story bedroom for an hour and a half, and our rescue involved three strangers, three firemen, a fire truck, three police officers, several calls to 9-1-1, and a very brave neighbor. An […]

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April 5, 2020
The Thing about a Parade

I've been in my share of parades. Probably more than my share, actually Marching band parades, down the main street and next to the fire station of my home town, ringing in the glorious mark of Memorial Day. (You have to love a town that has a Memorial Day Parade.) Halloween parades with a whole […]

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February 28, 2020
A Dog, A Commercial, and My Imaginary Friends

Peter's talent agent booked him for his next gig. "Pete, let's have the wife come along this time - oh, and that darling dog whom everyone loves. Bring the wife and the dog. The client would like to have all of you in the commercial." It's an anti-vaping campaign, and Sam was basically the star […]

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December 19, 2019
Nothing says Christmas Like Nipples

The good news is they’re a hit with all the men at my house. Happy Merry Making. May your nipples look prettier than mine.    

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November 22, 2019
He Remembers It Differently

Timehop is a lovely invention of an app.  I love how it gently knocks on the door of my mind and says, "Would you like to know what you were doing on this very day for the last few years?  Thanks to your contributions to the interwebs and social medias, we've documented it for you."  […]

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October 17, 2019
"I Just Peed."

We were in the car one day.  The radio was on. The air conditioning was blowing at me. All three men of mine were talking or singing. The boys were playing some version of physical jackassery horseplay in the backseat.    In total exasperation, I reached forward and turned off the radio and the air […]

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August 25, 2019
Chicago Hot Dogs and Audio Books

I am both horrified and mortified to tell you this, but it is true. I gained ten pounds in Chicago last week. One week.  Ten pounds.  This is not an exaggeration, and it is not even an estimation. It is exact and precise and appalling. Ten pounds. You see, I was in Chicago. And Chicago […]

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July 26, 2019
A Brand New, Shiny and Sparkly Decade

Last year at this time, all I really wanted in the world was to turn Forty.  You guys, I am here to tell you: dreams do come true.  Forty is my new favorite thing. And I just knew it would be. I've given this some thought, and here's the thing.  Your twenties are about exploration, […]

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July 7, 2019
Family Devotions and Testicles

We gave the boys new Bibles for Easter, because it was time. They needed to graduate to a version that doesn’t say “Little Boy’s Bible” on the cover or entice them with animated drawings of someone who may or may not look like Jesus or Moses or Daniel or Joshua. The new editions are leather […]

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June 29, 2019
You guys. The Night Stand was WET.

So. Here's the scene. It was finally time for Tucker to go to camp. And by "finally," I mean that Tyler was two days in and Tucker was supposed to be there, but his baseball team just kept winning. We're talking two weeks post season, stretching nearly into July and a World Series for thirteen-year-olds. […]

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April 27, 2019
A White Wolf in the Living Room

So, let me set the stage. We had just finished a two-day baseball tournament, and we were - all of us - more than a little sun-speckled and exhausted from hours at the baseball park. Seven, to be exact, and I'm usually counting. Tuck was of course the most tired of all, given the constant […]

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January 23, 2019
First of all, Thank You.

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.19.7"] You are wonderful, this sea of you who read my words.   Peter and I have been so overwhelmed by the outpouring of your hearts in response to sharing his story on Monday.   You have written to tell us about your stories, your families, your celebrations, and your victories over […]

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November 15, 2018
"Mom, I have nothing to read."

"Mom, I have nothing to read." "Sure you do. There's a whole bookshelf in the hallway. And three in the living room." "Nope. Nothing to read." "In this house? You have nothing to read in this house?" "Nothing." "Dude. How about Let's Pretend We're Normal?" It's my second book. We lovingly call her "Peggy." For […]

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October 31, 2018
I don’t usually do costumes...

I couldn’t help myself. Peter is going as himself. And I am Pete’s Dragon.   Or as Tyler said, “what is my mom? Well, my dad’s name is Pete. And she is ridiculous.”

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