Going In

Shhh….be very quiet. Everything is slowing down, but not in the clogged cottony way of a typical July. Maybe it’s the rain storm that cooled us down a bit two days ago and the breeze that is stirring enough to move the wind chimes. Maybe it’s that I am about to go on vacation – […]

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The Slow Burn of Nostalgia

I try to put off nostalgia for as long as possible in my daily life. But I can’t outrun it once July hits. The Fourth of July was a big holiday in my family when I was growing up. My mom’s four-sibling family would often meet at our tame island beach in South Carolina, the […]

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On Parenting: Middle Childhood

It’s summertime. My son is out of school. I am not teaching. The beginning of long, luxuriously lazy days are here. And I am kind of losing my mind. I am kind of. Unraveling. Who is this boy who has returned to my care during the long-forgotten school week? Do most newbie 8-year-olds suddenly go […]

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Couching and Paper Plates

Sometimes, mornings begin at noon. That is, if you are really lucky and/or allow yourself that sort of indulgence. Maybe, you just can’t get your day started, and that’s OK. I have been dealing with some vertigo for a few weeks now. After developing a sinus infection in early May, I ended up on antibiotics […]

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Journey, the Band, and Other Vulnerable Stuff

I just started reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown yesterday. I know I am late to the B.B. party, but she hooked me with her blog post on “midlife unraveling”, which I mentioned in my last post. You know when you read something about yourself that you didn’t even know you were feeling? That was […]

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Mixed-up Chameleon

Note: The Mixed-up Chameleon is a kid’s book about a chameleon who wants qualities that other animals possess, such as a peacock’s bright feathers or a fox’s fluffy tail. As he continues to want, his body pops out attributes of each animal until he is an amalgamation of several different animals – not resembling any […]

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Dear Reader, Dorothy and Toto Will Still Make it Home

Dear Reader, I want you to know how much I appreciate you, particularly those of you who may not know me from Adam other than what you’ve read on the Internet. You may even have found me via an essay I wrote two or three years ago now, and if that is the case, then […]

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