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In Defense of a Mother’s Temporary Insanity

We were sitting in McDonalds, my daughter and I, while yet another Blizzard of 2014 howled outside the vast plate-glass windows. We had set this time aside to talk about something serious, but serious only goes so far on a Saturday morning. Hopped up on varied vices of free-flowing caffeine, we both seemed ready to […]

Respect the Snow

Anyone who has lived a single day here can’t help but think of Michigan when snow falls, no matter where they are today. Being a resident most of my life, I’ve stored a bounty of memories, most of them fond beyond reckoning. I have stepped lively over the slush, as the grey matter threatens to […]

How to be Miserable

In my escape-from-reality novel-writing world, which I don’t get to explore nearly often enough, I’m trying to get to know one of my new characters. I know that sounds weird, but sometime it takes awhile for me to know a character well enough to anticipate what she’s going to say or how she’s going to […]

Investing in Only-Me Work

I blew right through a stop sign the other day. I really have no excuse. We were traveling a street I know well. I had no visual obstructions. There were no distractions, either in the car or on the road. Yet as I came upon the intersection with the glaring red octagon-shaped sign, my husband […]

Celebrate Your Place in Life

So, you’re leisurely enjoying life, taking it one day at a time. You’re minding your own business. Not really bothering anybody. Just serenely living, moment to moment. You’re caught up in the beauty of it all, putting one foot in front of the other on this relaxed path meandering before you. You think, Isn’t this […]

Yesterday’s Failure: Tomorrow’s Success

Something at work. Details aren’t important. Suffice it to say, I didn’t succeed. I experienced a misstep. I came to naught. I don’t like the word failed, but that’s what I did. I failed. I faaiiiled. (Images of the Fonz trying to admit he was wrr-ozzz…well, not exactly right flash before my eyes.) I reacted […]

Unconditional Hospitality in a Bloodthirsty World

So John and I finally got a chance to see Lone Survivor. Since we were probably the world’s last couple to do so, you no doubt already know how amazing it was. Amazingly shocking. Amazingly brutal. Amazingly raw. The word that struck me most was given just before the credits: “Pashtunwali.” Named for the Pashtun […]

Don’t Wait to Celebrate

I’ll be glad when it’s the weekend. I’ll be glad to get started on the cleaning. Who knows? Maybe John will take me on a date. And maybe he’ll finally put that life-size dancing, singing Santa Claus away that he insisted on installing in our living room during the Christmas season. I’ll be glad if […]

The Dream of the Hover Go-Cart

Okay, so I had this dream. It’s winter, but the sun is shining — glistening off the heaps of snow. Yea! I love days like this. The temperature is fairly decent, and the road has been freshly plowed. No wind. I’m on a go-cart, navigating my way around huge snowballs — let’s just call them […]

How this Early-to-Bed Thing Works

In my life, nothing good ever comes of staying up late. I overeat, make rash decisions, and have trouble shutting down. I thrash more and wake up groggy. I snap and growl upon rising. And before I know it, I’m sniffling, aching, and wondering if that late night was worth it. Tell me I’m not […]