Category Archives: Essays

For the pieces that didn’t fit anywhere else, from my conversion story (coming soon) to what happens when you give a mom a marshmallow (written several years ago but still applicable).

Books I’ve Read

I’m not sure if teenagers fall in love with books anymore, unless they are weird. The thirteen year old girls who are self-proclaimed Shakespeare lovers do (you know the type: they already pronounce theater with re at the end, they … Continue reading

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John Cusack and The Situation

  It’s been months since the election and I keep hearing the same weird phrase on TV and at public events, and at work functions I attend with my husband. It goes something like this: “in light of the current … Continue reading

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Dear Safeway

Dear Safeway We’ve been together for years, and I want you to know I treasure our time together. I treasure it because it represents my adult life; my marriage, and most of my years of being a mom. But Safeway, … Continue reading

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If (for girls)

If you can do what others don’t do, and not do what they do, and be confident that you did what’s best for you; If you can be kind when it is difficult, and humble even when you’re proud, and … Continue reading

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Darn Phone

I have teenagers. And I have discovered that when people wince and say “I have teenagers,” their voices full of resignation and bewilderment and pain, it is not because the teenagers are evil, or doing drugs, or slamming doors or … Continue reading

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Job Hunting

Someone has to get married or die for me to make money, and it is not working out. I have spent the last fifteen years singing at weddings and funerals and church services, but it is time for me to … Continue reading

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Fifth Harmony

Sometimes I have The Today Show on while I unload and reload the dishwasher in the morning, and in this way I stay abreast of critical happenings in the world, such as the fact that Israel and Palestine are in … Continue reading

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