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May 20, 2020
Lemon Squares On a Zoom Call

"So, Barbara Brown Taylor asks this question, and also Jen Hatmaker closes every podcast episode with it. Here's what I want to know: What is saving your life right now?" There's a pause while he thinks, which isn't surprising since I sprung this question on him while we are live on the air. That's how […]

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August 14, 2015
My Debut Into Talk Radio

”Can you be there on Monday at 11:00?” he asked. His name is Moose, perhaps in part because all radio producers have a schtick, though perhaps his nickname came about long before he started on radio.  He seems like a Moose. He produces Angie Austin’s radio show, The Good News with Angie Austin, and they […]

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July 27, 2015
Hands and Knees

I don’t remember why I was kneeling and crying. Last week was kind of a doozy for such things. I can’t recall what exactly pushed me to the brink, and I don’t know how I got to my knees or why I didn’t get up, except that it must have seemed fitting to stay where […]

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July 16, 2015
100 Huntley Street: My Entrance Into Live TV

I’d venture to say that not every television anchor is willing to share the makeup room with the random and ever-changing “guest on today’s show.”  It’s kind of an intimate space, that room of transformation.  But Moira Brown is not just every television anchor, and there we sat, side by side in the makeup chairs […]

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April 1, 2015
My Heart Rate and Computer Memory and I Bet He Tries That At Home

I called the Apple Support line in a frenzied state of panic.  Things were on the fritz with my beloved MacBook Air, and that is first of all an occupational hazard and secondly the end of my voice which is the beginning of my unraveling.  The very nature of that sentence structure might show you […]

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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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November 21, 2014
My Moment with Anne Lamott

Sometimes an opportunity pops up between the cracks of the sidewalk, and  you just know that you know that you know it will be a moment of all moments. Anne Lamott came to my town, to my bookstore (which I fervently all my own since I guess I believe a girl should put her name on the […]

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November 10, 2014
You Might Not Know You're Sexy.

"You are an unbelievably sexy woman." "No, no, I'm not." "You are." "I'm not." "Why are you arguing?" "Because I promise you, I am not. I know myself, and sexy is not in my wheelhouse." "You don't know yourself then." "Listen. My entire life, this has always been true: in a room filled with women, […]

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November 6, 2014
Happenings over Teriyaki and White Rice

"Do you have a punch card with us?" "I should get one, shouldn't I?" "You definitely should." And the next thing I knew, he was making confetti from holes in a business card as if he were the train engineer on The Polar Express. "Here's one for Monday, and one for Tuesday, and here's one […]

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September 23, 2014
Santa and Leprechauns: The Truth Revealed at Our House

"Mommy, are Leprechauns real, or do the moms and dads really just do all that stuff?" Okay, two things. First of all, when he says 'all that stuff', I can only assume he's referring to the magical things leprechauns do in the homes of his classmates whose lives are always better than his.  On a […]

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October 15, 2013
Hope for My Girls

He had waited in line to share his words with me. (It always humbles me when people will stand in line to do anything with me.) He said, "I'm proud of you. And I know that sounds strange, because I really don't know you at all. But I have two daughters, and ever since I […]

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August 17, 2013
Why? Right, but Why?

Children are not aware of limitations.  They just figure that if there's something they don't know, it's because they haven't learned it yet. "Why's the sun round?" "Because there's a big fire at the center, and as it moves outward, it cools equally." "Why?" "Because heat cools at a standard rate." "Why?" "Uh… because…" Children […]

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August 6, 2013

He is a master of blame.   It was my fault when he couldn't eat all of his noodles. It was my fault when he didn't have enough noodles. It was my fault when he stepped in dog poop in the yard. It was my fault when his training wheels were too high. It was […]

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July 17, 2013
Pillow Talk

9:04 pm. "Hello?" "Hi, Mommy." "Hey, Tyler! How are you?" (We talked an hour ago. I called them, pretending to be Barack Obama.) "I'm good. And I just watched the scary scariest thing ever." "What did you watch?" "I watch this guy who put a sword through his stomach and another guy who set his […]

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March 13, 2013
My Inner Rachael Green

I was working my way down the center aisle of the plane, looking ahead to see if I had any hope of overhead compartment for my carryon bag. And then I heard, "Tricia!  Oh my gosh!  You're on my flight!" I looked over to 14B, to see who was calling my name.  As soon as […]

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March 11, 2013
Hellos and Goodbyes

I bought a new pair of shoes for Tuck.  He loves them.  They'll carry him swiftly down the soccer field on many a Saturday morning this spring. And the next day, we argued because the morning routine was snagged on an unpacked lunchbox and backpack and silliness and lateness. In a quieter moment, we made […]

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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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