Courage to love

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The thing about humans is that in order to understand one another, we must sacrifice a bit of ourselves. It’s difficult to empathize because to do so is to reject the most self-protective part of our nature. To love is to be vulnerable and vulnerability is a dangerous thing. I get that. You want to [Read More...]

Marriage and the Easy Yoke

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“Are you so pissed at your husband for making you move?” The stylist’s fingers were moving quick through my hair, applying white and blue chemicals, in effort to sustain my vain pursuit of the blonde strands I grew out of 15 years ago. I’d been explaining about our coming move, how this would be my [Read More...]

What’s saving my life this week.

Pawpaw and Memaw, with my aunt Rita in 1947

This week my friend Sarah Bessey asked the question at her blog: What’s saving your life right now? Grief is a strange thing, isn’t it? It’s so deep and wild and untamable. And it wakes up whenever it wants to and leaves you with your face in your hands in the dark bedroom on the [Read More...]

Rivers and Roads: On Saying Goodbye

Pawpaw and Memaw with August at his first birthday

I have to leave today. Noon. I’ve packed and planned. It’s been a long visit that coincided with his stroke and I have watched him shrivel. In fact, I’ve watched him shrivel for five years now. Maybe more. Of course, he’s almost 90 years old: A long good life. A life that could have been [Read More...]

A Thursday-ish List

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Yes, I’m still off in the land of vacations, where time doesn’t exist (except for Brooksie’s decision to wake every morning with the sun…at 5 am. I’ve been playing and swimming and tending to snotty noses (as per usual) and laughing with people I don’t see near enough. This is a list: A Saturday with [Read More...]

A Tribute to the Single Mother and in Praise of the Good Father: A Father’s Day Post (of sorts)

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Every time Chris leaves town, I’m reminded of how much I depend on him, on how good my life is with him, how what I have is rare. Our marriage is not perfect, but it is one of kindness, freedom, friendship. We share. A lot. We’ve shared a car since his broke down in 2003 [Read More...]


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