Category Archive: Life

Swallowing pride, one bite at a time (like an elephant)

My mom tells this story of when I was like two years old, frequently resisting help and saying “I do it myself.”  Independence has always been a big deal for me.  Needing help feels so… weak.  It’s one of those qualities that could be a good thing, but it can also become toxic.  I stayed […]

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College over 40

So… writing is what I do.  You know this.  I’m sure you’re not surprised that I’ve been journaling this entire college experience in my phone and I’m going to turn it into a book called College After 40.  I’m sure I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last person to do what I’m […]

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Weekend in Duluth

I spent the weekend in Duluth with my partner-in-love’s family. “Uncle Bill” turned 80 or something, and I got to meet parents, sibling, cousins, aunts and uncles. We had a blast and I just wanted to share a few pictures.   This was the view from our hotel room, we stayed near Canal park in […]

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Life is Good Conference Recap 2017

My legs are still wobbly from using the stairs to avoid waiting for an elevator during our 7th year attending the Life is Good Conference in Oregon.  This year it was at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, Oregon. It’s about 20 minutes from Portland.  My kids haven’t unpacked yet and the car isn’t even entirely unloaded. […]

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A Bit of Earth

I always found it touching when the main character in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden summoned up the courage to ask her distant and domineering uncle for permission to have a garden.  I tend to think of that line when I’m working in my yard.  Yard work shouldn’t be mentally exhausting, but for folks with […]

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Why I suck at being a fiction writer

I think I’m too analytical.  Like, I have a hard time making shit up.  It’s not that I’m not creative, it’s just that I imagine so many things in my head that I can’t bear to write just one… But can I? Being organized actually helps with that.  Plotting out my stories and knowing how […]

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Health and Wellness Update.

We’re fine, by the way.  Thank goodness for the ACA. When babies are born, a lot of moms will voice a preference over whether or not the child is a boy or a girl but when it comes down to it, all that really matters is that it’s healthy. I was lucky that all my […]

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And now for something entirely different

Life is so weird, right? 3 months ago I was on track for a promotion to Director of Operations at the startup grocery store I’ve been working at for 2 years. I was working over 50 hours a week and missed my kids like crazy. There wasn’t enough time in a day to get everything done. […]

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How old are you in MomYears? (or: how I became the mother of 2.45 elephants)

OK, so for some reason a long time ago someone decided that there were 7 dog years in a human year. So by the time your dog reaches one human year old, he’s really 7 dog years old. It makes sense, dogs reach puberty earlier than humans and if a dog lives to be 18 […]

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Lucky. That’s all.

All my life I’ve felt lucky.  Maybe it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, maybe it’s a matter of choosing to see how things COULD have worked out alongside how they actually did work out. There’s something anxious and unsettling about imagining all the ways things can go […]

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