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August 24, 2017
The Word for that is Healing

"When you recognize that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows but because of them, that you would not have chosen the things that happened in your life, but you are grateful for them, that you will hold the empty bowls eternally in your hands, but you also have the capacity […]

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August 23, 2017
The Thing About a Good Quote

I've been collecting quotes for most of my life. I collect quotes wildly and frantically. I read with a pen in my hand, because if there's one on the page, I need it to capture it. (Need.) I've been writing them on the insides of book covers, on 3x5 notecards, on the pages of my […]

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August 21, 2017
Confession: I Didn't Care About the Eclipse

The world is all a-flutter about the Solar Eclipse today. You guys, I honestly don't care very much. Or at all, actually. I don't care very much at all. I'm not scientifically minded, and things like this just don't ring my bell. Everybody keeps saying this only happens once every hundred years, but people also […]

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August 18, 2017
Marshmallows and Subtlety

"Mom, do you see that woman? The one with all the ingredients for Rice Krispie treats in her cart? Do you know who she is?" I look around the grocery store, giving a cursory glance to carts with marshmallows. "No, I don't know her." "She's gone now. But I know who she is. She's a […]

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August 17, 2017
Coffee Mugs and Love Affairs

We have a lot of coffee mugs. Before Peter and I made the Great Merge of 2016, and by that I mean our marriage, when we combined libraries and closet space and CD collections and furniture and wall hangings, we each parted with dozens of the many things we could do without. You know the […]

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August 15, 2017
Confessions of a Baseball Mom

I tossed - or should I say "pitched" - my heart out to the world with this piece, a story of the bumps on the path of becoming a Baseball Mom.  You can click here to see the article in its entirety, or read the next few paragraphs to get just a taste. It's the girl you […]

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August 14, 2017
Fighting at Family Camp: When Your Kid Pushes You Away

We were a few hours into family camp when I began to smell the whiff of mismatched expectations, but it took me a few solid days to reach the clear conclusion: across the vast expanse of Family Camp, we were the last people our kid wanted to be with. It's hard to blame him, with […]

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August 11, 2017
The Zoo Makes Me Tired: Adventures with Preschoolers

This one is for the moms of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, the ones trying to finish the summer strong, the ones who plan a day trip that gets out of control, the ones just trying to make it to naptime with an adventure or two in between.  I haven't forgotten what it's like, my friends. I […]

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August 10, 2017
Confidence, Jealousy, and the Unbreakable Rule in the Dating World

I had such a joyful conversation with Krista Gilbert over at The Open Door Sisterhood. We talked about courage and confidence, second entrances into the dating world, strong women and the "I'm Too Much" Syndrome, what to do if "it's just not in your DNA," what my brother taught me about jealousy, my one Unbreakable […]

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June 17, 2017
The Dad He Didn't Have To Be

When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new, It always winds up feeling more like a job interview. My mom used to wonder if she'd ever meet someone Who wouldn't find out about me and then turn around and run. I met the man I call my dad when I was […]

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May 24, 2017
False: God Won't Give You More Than You Can Handle

You can do this. Now, when I say, “You can do this,” I’m afraid you’ll call to mind clichés that I hate, the one at the top of the list being the lie that “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Not true. He will, and he often does. I could have titled […]

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May 4, 2017

I found this poem in the book I'm reading, Hallelujah, Anyway, by my ever-favorite Anne Lamott. Anne didn't write the poem, and neither did I, though I suspect we both wish we had   *** The river is famous to the fish. The loud voice is famous to the silence, which knew it would inherit […]

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September 2, 2016
How To Trust a Widow

Here’s one question people ask me a lot. “Tricia, I have a friend who lost her husband. I’d really like to give her your book to read, but I don’t think she’s ready. What do you think I should do?” I do have some thoughts on this, and so I love this question. People feel […]

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August 20, 2016
Boy Courage and a Green Bandana

I miss my son like crazy today. This does not usually happen. I am the biggest proponent for sending, launching, letting them be brave and free and strong and away for a little while. But this weekend, I miss my kid. This weekend, Tyler is at Camp Erin, a Grief Camp for children who have […]

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July 21, 2016
Sloths, Stereotypes, and the DMV

It was Official Name-Changing Day, since it turns out that changing my relationship status on Facebook doesn’t actual count as an actual marriage. So I reserved some hours in the morning to get after this task. I was wholly committed to refusing stress and negativity. No, I will be peaceful and joyful, and I will […]

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June 9, 2016
Once Upon a Second Time, I Got Married.

And then there were four.

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May 26, 2016
Mommy's Handcuffs and Whipped Cream

We’re walking through SuperTarget when I realize Tyler is carrying a pair of handcuffs. “Dude, what in the world? Put those back please,” I said. “Where’d you find them?” “They’re yours, Mom. I found them in your room, in that bag of gifts from your wedding shower.” (I’ll give you a moment to let that […]

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April 6, 2016
The Downside of Used Books

I’m toying with an idea, but I’m not really ready to commit. Just thinking about it, so don’t go holding me accountable yet. I sort of feel like I only want to whisper it. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m thinking of ending my love affair with Used Books. Or just declare a […]

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February 22, 2016
A Diamond Ring

Once upon a time, there was a curly girl and a handsome man, a cup of coffee and a diamond ring, and a million ways to say yes to one very important question. I headed into Starbucks on Friday morning to make lattes and frappuccinos for the morning shift. Peter had casually mentioned that he […]

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December 23, 2015
The Choice To Watch the Movie

The thing is, I’ve lived a very, very sad story for the last five years. I’m crying today because it’s still sad. No matter what else is true, is coming true, will later be true, that story I lived is still true. Five years later, it unfolds in movie scenes.  You know how it is... […]

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