I was standing with my back against a brick wall and talking to a colleague. The dressing room mirror shone in the afternoon light and I could see my reflection as she asked, “You ok? This whole thing is aging you. It really is, I mean you can see it,” and she motioned at my [...]
Lest anyone think that I am always positive, always overflowing with patience and calm, may I demonstrate that in addition to running a tender post I wrote about bedtime, the Huffington Post also shared a not so sentimental moment that I experienced:
So as we all slog through another Monday, maybe you started yours with an [...]
I’ve been quietly cataloging the proliferation of things like 30day challenges that I see floating around everywhere from Instagram to Pinterest to Facebook. I love the idea of having a smorgasbord of options from which to choose how to improve oneself, but I think we are getting overloaded. Organize your house, tone your abs, be [...]
In what world would you ever justify a crime by laying blame on the victim?
If I leave my front door unlocked does it give someone permission to come inside?
If the door is thrown wide open does that mean that anyone is invited to come and take whatever they’d like?
If there is a can of spray [...]
A few years ago Briar made this in class:
It absolutely delighted us. Watching her blossom and gain confidence at school as she became a big girl was inspiring. This year she is in 3rd grade. She is still inspiring, but I find myself feeling less like she is experiencing the learning process and more like [...]
I have no illusions that raising three daughters will be easy. I know from my own experience that self-confidence and self-acceptance can be ephemeral, a revelation of my own worth one day is hammered by crippling doubt another. Then there are things like Steubenville and the coveted thigh gap. The technology that they are growing [...]
I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait to flip the calendar from 2011 to 2012. Foolish woman.
As I look back on 2012 I realize that there will always be things I’d rather not relive, instincts that I will forever regret not following, but this isn’t college. I can’t replace my threadbare stuffed lion for a [...]
Saturday night Sean had a Cabin 3 gig at Davidson Brothers. Normally I would have taken the girls to the 6pm performance, which makes for a great dinner out and a chance to rush the stage. They love hearing him play and he loves having them in the audience, but we’d spent more than 3 [...]
We’re all bundles of complexity, right?
You love scary movies but you won’t go on roller coasters.
You are a vegetarian but you wear leather.
You buy local, but you shop at Wal Mart.
You consider yourself a person of faith, but you don’t attend church.
You are pro-choice, but would never have an abortion.
Yeah, sh*t just got real, right?
Our first house had three porches, two of which were technically front porches. I used to take a rag tag bunch of tapestries and fashion flowy, sun dappled forts for the girls. We’d sit on the old, slat wood porches, peeking between the fabric and railing to whisper about passing cars. Sometimes I’d watch the [...]