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Posts on Mothers & Daughters:

Happy 23rd Birthday, Abby!

Happy 23rd Birthday, Abby!

I’m sure I say something similar every year, but how is it possible that you are 23 today? How is it possible that I...

Happy 24th Birthday, Emma Joy!

Happy 24th Birthday, Emma Joy!

Happy 24th Birthday, Emma Joy.Though I’ve written these missives every year for a very long time, this one feels...

Happy 22nd Birthday, Abby!

Happy 22nd Birthday, Abby!

Happy 22nd Birthday, Abby. For many years I have written you a blog post on this day - commemorating the year that has...

What is 23?

What is 23?

I don’t like to even think about when I was 23, truth-be-told. Which is why I love to think of you. You, sweet girl,...

Happy 21st Birthday, Abby!

Happy 21st Birthday, Abby!

Yesterday, when out running errands, I idled at an intersection and watched a homeless man holding a sign that said,...

Hannah

Hannah

Have you ever had a desire, a hunger, a longing so profound that any sacrifice would be worth its fulfillment? For me,...

Happy 22nd, Emma Joy!

Happy 22nd, Emma Joy!

It was shocking enough to acknowledge your sister’s 20th birthday – the fact that I no longer have teenagers. But...

Happy 20th Birthday, Abby!

Happy 20th Birthday, Abby!

How has the day arrived in which I no longer have teenagers? How is it that today you turn 20? I stand in disbelief,...

Before Mother’s Day

Before Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, it feels appropriate to name and honor our larger, longer mother-line: the...

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

I’ve been thinking a lot, even more than I normally do, about my daughters. About the trials and tribulations that, by...

Champagne on a Tuesday

Champagne on a Tuesday

My oldest daughter, Emma Joy, turns 21 today. Yes, Halloween. I can still picture her, just placed in my arms, with...

Happy 19th Birthday, Abby!

Happy 19th Birthday, Abby!

Your birthday. Nineteen. Somehow, it feels different this year. As I was thinking about what to write today, I went...

My Empty Nest

My Empty Nest

I can hardly believe the title of this post, the truth and heft of just three small words, the fact that they actually...

My Heart (Monitor)

My Heart (Monitor)

I am hooked up to a heart monitor right now. It’s mobile – just four electrodes connected to various and particular...

The Scaffolding Around My Heart

The Scaffolding Around My Heart

Today is Abby’s last day of high school. I just finished packing her last school lunch – ever; my last school lunch –...

20 Years Ago Today

20 Years Ago Today

I’m awake far too early – no reason for me to be up at this hour. But rather than sleep – or attempt such, I decide to...

In line at Starbucks…

In line at Starbucks…

I wish I’d written these sentences: Although women’s words have been censored or eliminated from much of [our]...

Happy 18th Birthday, Abby

Happy 18th Birthday, Abby

How is it possible that this day is here? Surprisingly, miraculously pregnant with you – wasn’t that just a few years...

On Writing – #2

On Writing – #2

This week, I’m offering a series of posts on writing – ones I’ve written before, new ones yet unseen, anything and...

Where the Women Gather (and why)

Where the Women Gather (and why)

How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go ... a place of women,...

A story for Mother’s Day

A story for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day used to be the hardest day of the year for me – when lost in the throes of infertility. That is no longer...

The Full Moon and other thoughts

The Full Moon and other thoughts

Whoever you are: some evening take a step out of your house, which you know so well. Enormous space is near. ~ Rainer...

Happy 47th Birthday to Me!

Happy 47th Birthday to Me!

After writing posts for both of my daughters on their birthdays, I thought it only fitting that I do the same for...

Cruising – literally…

Cruising – literally…

Is there a place that one can go to get away from all thought of stolen cars or even the graciousness of given ones? I...

Happy 11th Birthday, Emma Joy!

Happy 11th Birthday, Emma Joy!

It is hard for me to remember anymore what life was like without you. I remember deeply longing for you; well, for a...

Fog

Fog

It’s not quite 7:30 in the morning and I’m on the train – heading into another day of work. Though it’s still pretty...

Happy 9th Birthday, Abby!

Happy 9th Birthday, Abby!

Much has changed in the 9 years since you were born – and much has not. In the middle of the night on October 7, 1998,...

I’m Tired

I’m Tired

There’s much to be done these days with work, children, life. All press for my prioritization. All require much. And,...

Rescued (about a cat, mostly)

Rescued (about a cat, mostly)

What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to...

Happy 50th Anniversary!

Happy 50th Anniversary!

This past weekend my siblings, our families, and nearly 100 others celebrated the 50th anniversary of my parent’s...

A Daughter of Defiance

A Daughter of Defiance

I’m working on a slide show for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration. In the process, I came across this...

This Father’s Day

This Father’s Day

I find myself in a sort of a gray place today. Granted, it’s the Seattle area and the skies are often as they look...

Piano Recitals

Piano Recitals

Yesterday my 9-year-old daughter, Emma, gave her first piano recital. She was joined by 5 other young pianists –...