Monthly Archives: December 2013


I think I’m supposed to come up with some sort of list–a year-end list of lessons learned, or milestone moments, or gratitudes, or resolutions, or horrible events, or things to look forward to in the new year. Some sort of … Continue reading

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Members Only

We spend the Christmas holiday with my immediate family every year. I took the kids to Christmas Eve mass at my parents’ parish this year. En route, my son asked, “Are we members there?” I told him no, his grandparents … Continue reading

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The Lonely Cheese

My seven-year-old daughter recently wrote a short story to submit to a Young Authors contest in our county: There was a lonely cheese. He lived in a little town. Everybody in the little town was happy. Except Cheese. He went … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

I found this essay last year and I bookmarked it to use when my oldest child asks for the truth about Santa, because I knew this gig wouldn’t last much longer. This wise writer, Martha Brockenbrough, answered her daughter who asked … Continue reading

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Blog of the Year 2013

2013 has been an interesting year, with a lot of adventures, mishaps, joy, sadness, and struggles along the way that have provided for a lot of um, opportunities for growth. As the year closes, I reflect back on a year … Continue reading

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Best Day of My Life

“This is gonna be the best day of my life…Everything is looking up” Oh the irony these days…But our family loves music. We love singing on top of our lungs and tapping our hands on any surface and dancing our … Continue reading

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Snow Day Surprise

Some moments I don’t know who he is. He looks like my son, wears my son’s clothes, sleeps in my son’s bed; but every now and then, I look up and don’t know who he is. Today is one of … Continue reading

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Today Is The Day

By now everyone knows I throw a pretty damned good pity party. (I also throw really good real parties too, so check back with me another time.) It didn’t start off as a pity party, but you know what happens … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season of Joy, of Sadness, of Upside Down Doors

Today is the first day of Advent, and I’m staring at the Advent calendar cabinet I bought the year of my divorce. I love this cabinet. It’s a silver metallic wood cabinet with little mirrored numbered doors with tiny handles. … Continue reading

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