Tag Archives: mothering

From Home Depot to Pulp Fiction

“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand. — F. Scott … Continue reading

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Hiking on a remote Irish island, a guest post

Skellig Michael, Ireland Please head over to the blog Trish, Alex and Sage today where I have a guest post: Out to Sea: Visiting an Ancient Monastery The post is about hiking with my family to an ancient monastery on … Continue reading

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American Fried Rice and Mother’s Day Brunch

After wisely bypassing the menu item called “American Fried Rice” at our Bangkok hotel several times, my husband finally gave in to curiosity and ordered it, and we got a glimpse into the secret world of how Thais imagine Americans: … Continue reading

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Driving Lessons

Image by Joseph De Palma Driving Lessons At the edge of the busy intersection, I hesitated. Was it my turn? I crept forward, but the car on my right darted in. I looked both ways, crept forward again. The car … Continue reading

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Goodnight Moon, Goodnight iPad

{Celebrate your courage. Send me a postcard.} My teenage boys are poised between childhood and adulthood, and the new year prepares to arrive. I find myself reflecting on letting go of the past and embracing the future. Nothing brought this … Continue reading

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A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present

{Check out my book on my quest to complete 101 things in 1001 days: Timid No More.} My teenage boys puzzled through with determination, trying to find their Christmas present, but I had unwittingly made one of the riddles extra … Continue reading

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Living with the Millennial Generation Means Not Laughing at Rage Comics

{Celebrate your courage. Send me a postcard.} (My attempt at a rage comic–more on this below) The generation gap has become a gulf in my household, and I struggle every day to keep up. Three quick observations: 1. YouTube Views … Continue reading

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Disappearing Babies and the Teen-Friendly Summer Bucket List

My babies are disappearing. The once tinkling explosions of giggles at extracting a nervous cricket from a stone wall now mutter with the groggy, deepened voices of men when I call into their darkened bedrooms to wake them before school. … Continue reading

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How to Respect Your Kid’s Intelligence and Ruin Easter All at the Same Time

Early one Easter morning, my older son crawled into my warm bed with my husband and me. He was about four years old at the time. “Mom,” he said, waking me. “I found my Easter egg basket and Dan’s too.” … Continue reading

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If You Give a Mom a Blog

{A post written in the style of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books} — If you give a mom a blog, she’s going to want to put your picture on the Internet.   Then she’ll probably get … Continue reading

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