Tea Time

March 12, 2012

Happy birthday, my Tessa!  You woke me up with a kiss yesterday, and a whisper:  Mama, it’s your seven year old! You wanted a small tea party at home – fancy dress encouraged.  Daddy made finger sandwiches and chocolate-covered strawberries, I made sparkly tea-pot-shaped shortbread cookies, and we chose a beautiful cake at the bakery.  […]

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Watch Out, Cinderella

February 13, 2012

When it comes to understanding gender and kids’ development, my expertise reaches exactly as far as my own dinner table.  At 7 and 4, my daughter and son have already embraced and defied gender stereotypes a million times over:  Tessa’s Matchbox cars drove in happy families, with the Mommy cars always taking wonderful care of […]

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February 8, 2012

It just hit me. One month into 2012, and I realized I’ve been focused on the wrong one-little-word.  I thought I was sure, even started writing about it:  In pyschology, flow is a state of completely focused motivation.  To be lost in your work – to flow – is to engage wholeheartedly.  Flow cannot be […]

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January 15, 2012

It was a long week. A full day of funeral on Monday, travel on Tuesday, and catch-up the rest of the week left me, as we say around here, with a lot of feelings.  I was tempted to crawl into bed by Friday night, but instead we went to Hillary and Mirek’s for a Friday […]

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Eulogy for Uncle Mark

January 8, 2012

Iowa. I’ve never lived here, but in some ways it will always be home.  My mom and dad and their eight collective siblings all grew up here, but only one settled in the Hawkeye State, and it’s for her that I’m here right now.  Her husband, my Uncle Mark, died Thursday morning, nineteen months after […]

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Rainbow Magic

December 7, 2011

This is how Tessa spent last weekend: She’s been working at reading for a long time.  Directionality and print concepts, letter sounds and beginning-middle-end, listening and storytelling – all the small steps that add up to one big life-altering moment.  We knew it was coming – she’s had the skills for some time, but not […]

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Friendsgiving at Home

December 6, 2011

We have a lot to be thankful for, and amazingly, that’s not new. Families that aren’t really as far away as they seem, and friends who step in to make sure there’s a crowd for the holidays.  Food raised, prepared, and shared with people we love.  A bounty we can barely describe. Last year was […]

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Rockville Writers’ Group

December 2, 2011

I’ve been a writer my whole life, but I’ve never taken a writing class.  Never applied for a creative writing program, never workshopped a piece, never been in a writing group.  Until now. There are six of us.  We’ve all made our livings with words, in one way or another – an editor, a librarian, […]

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Guiding Stars

December 1, 2011

Dear Hannaford, Thanks so much for inviting my daughter’s first grade class for a tour of the Camden store.  The kids all enjoyed it, and it’s certainly prompted lively discussion around our table.  You don’t have to reach out to the community with free nutrition tours, but since you do, I have some suggestions to […]

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Our Little House

November 29, 2011

The box set of books from my childhood hides yellowing pages and crumbling covers.  They needed extra care when I first read them to Tessa, and this time around we’re leaving them neatly tucked away.  The bindings of the library’s copies are so much stronger, and the larger font so much easier for my little […]

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