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When Your Heart Breaks Open

I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world. -Mary Oliver There was a moment recently whereupon my heart broke wide open. … Continue reading

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Language of Love

Parenting is often on the fly, I’ve come to learn. By that, I mean I make a lot of shit up when posed with hard or unexpected questions. For example, La Chica, age 8, asked recently, “Why do they make … Continue reading

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Saving Love, Saving Yourself

You cannot save people. You can only love them. Anaïs Nin And sometimes that means you must love them from afar. I have a friend who had difficulty accepting that her now-ex-boyfriend continued to make life decisions that were not … Continue reading

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What Is Love?

Love is a 40-year-old woman choosing to be trapped in a car barreling through the Midwest for 7 hours with two small children who won’t stop singing the Beastie Boys’ “Brass Monkey”–only they’ve made up their own words to the … Continue reading

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To Love the Skin You’re In

I’m always amazed at how my life has turned out. At different stages of my life, I have looked around and gone, “Huh. Who’da thunk?” I’ve never been a planner–I’ve never had a 5-year plan, or long-term goals. It’s just … 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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All We Need

“Faith, Family and Friends. That’s all you need in life. No wait, Love and Kindness too. That’s all you need in life,” declared my 7-year-old daughter. “What?!” I ask. We were out shopping for a frame to display her school … Continue reading

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