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March 19, 2018
Trafficking in Fear
I am chatting with a woman in a clothing store as our conversation moves from...
September 18, 2017
Parenting by Politics
The moment is freeze-framed in my mind: My eldest, Milo, red-faced with anger, his eyes...
January 31, 2017
The Casserole Dish Manifesto
By Tony Woodlief. I possessed a consummate ideology before I had children. It was a...
November 01, 2016
Poison Ivy and the Path of Grief
Though its fruit should’ve been in season, too many harsh Midwest winters left the leaves...
October 06, 2016
The Day My Daughter Found Herself
I want you to watch me run. My daughter Becca sent me that text last...
September 28, 2016
The Crazy Sex Lady at the Solitary Banquet
"The crazy sex ladies are coming to school today," said my oldest. "We're missing it."...
September 14, 2016
What My Kid Knew about Kubo
[Spoiler alert: This post is about the end of the movie, Kubo and the Two...
September 07, 2016
I Have No Idea Where I’m Going
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see...
August 03, 2016
Maybe the Kids Will Sleep in Tomorrow
The kids are home for the summer, but my husband has remained on the same...
June 14, 2016
Fifty Shores of Grief
I write this the evening of June 12, 2016, the day forty-nine people died in the...
June 06, 2016
Who’s Your Daddy?
Adoptive parents develop radar for insensitive language and story lines pretty quickly. Wes Anderson’s simplistic...
November 24, 2015
The Tyrannical Self-Gaze
I'm doing most of my walking after dark these days as night comes a little...
October 20, 2015
The Beast Without
“Isaac’s being a jerk,” my seven year-old, Isaiah, says about his older brother. They have been...
September 21, 2015
Let Me Die Like This
When I die, Lord, let me go in a plane crash, spiraling down, earthward, earthward,...
September 16, 2015
Not Your Mother’s Book Tour
In my world, a typical book signing involves sitting behind a small publisher’s table at...
September 11, 2015
By Shannon Huffman Polson I’d just put my two young sons to bed when I...
June 11, 2015
Prayers in the River
I stand hip-deep in a river, casting into the eddies. I am not the kind...
June 10, 2015
The Eucharist: Eat, Eat!
By Shannon Huffman Polson We sit in the back pew at church with intention; there’s...
May 22, 2015
The Two Lists
Seven-year old Isaiah found a small desk in the back of our garage and claimed...
May 21, 2015
While My Pen Gently Weeps
My daughter Gracie was helping me prepare dinner one evening. We were doing the bœuf...
May 18, 2015
In the Marrow of Depression and Anxiety
By the time you read this, I’ll be feeling much better. Therapy will have commenced,...
May 15, 2015
Go Ahead and Have the Damn Children!
I was working from home a few days ago, on a day when both of...
May 06, 2015
My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected
By Chad Thomas Johnston It was a Saturday night and my wife, Becki, wanted to...
March 18, 2015
Soft Hearts and Thin Skin
Recently I found myself engaged in another maddening conversation with my four-year old daughter. We...
March 11, 2015
“A Pair of Silk Stockings” and Other Frivolous Pleasures of Mothers
After a harrowing weekend of yelling at my children, I decided I needed to take...
February 26, 2015
The Courage of Men
By Suzanne M. Wolfe Twenty one men dressed in orange jump-suits are kneeling in a...
February 20, 2015
Back to the Drawing Board
To say I can't draw myself out of a cardboard box is to assume I...
February 05, 2015
Cutting the Cord: An Observation from The Way of Saint James, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. The Way of Saint James—El Camino de Santiago—is a pilgrimage that began...
February 04, 2015
Cutting the Cord: An Observation from The Way of Saint James, Part 1
Sean was not an easy child to raise. My husband and I became his parents...
February 03, 2015
The Power of Twelve
You won’t want to do it, but I’ll ask just the same: imagine being twelve...
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