To smoothe the brow

Seems like everyone is talking politics right now, myself included. I can’t sleep tonight because my thoughts return again and again to what I’ve read today, to the conversations I’ve had with my husband about politics. We are concerned about certain issues not because we want to be contrary to those who feel or believe or […]

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Five years and a lifetime

I think about my mom a lot. I don’t just mean staring off into space and remembering how much we laughed together or the comfort she always provided when I needed it. I think about those memories, but I mean, like, picturing her here with us, watching my daughter with me — watching her bang […]

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‘I am but waiting for you’

Earlier this summer, I turned on the “On this day” feature on Facebook. If you’re not familiar with it, it shows you your posts and interactions from the same date every year that you’ve been on Facebook. Around Father’s Day, I seriously considered turning off the feature, because that’s when the bad news started appearing […]

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these thoughts

Four years ago, I wrote with gusto. My ideas filled my journals and my blog and my topics for my columns were numerous. My thoughts were wacky and silly and, though it’s a little embarrassing to admit and sounds kind of braggy, I would read them afterward and laugh heartily. But then my mom died, […]

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An opportunity to help someone else recently broke my heart. That may sound dramatic, but I’m not sure how else to describe the sadness and heaviness I carried with me afterwards. On the evening of New Year’s Day, my husband and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. We wanted […]

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‘terror toons’

I know, it’s been since, like, Halloween that I posted. I went to New Zealand. Allow me to make it up to you (Patty) by live-blogging my reactions to the film “Terror Toons,” which I added to my queue to watch around Halloween but, having never gotten around to watching “Hesher,” it stayed put at […]

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Wish lists and tough girls

Wishin’ and hopin’ After finding that email yesterday, I couldn’t resist reading a few more. This one really made me laugh: “Could you please send me your wish lists? Unless of course you want me to randomly pick things out for you? Send it quickly, ok? “Yes, somehow I deleted it. I don’t deny it. […]

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