Category Archives: letters

Dear daughters, Today you both start another year of school. For the third year in a row it will be in separate states, and for the 15th year in a row I’ll spend the day trying not to drink my feelings be overwhelmed with feelings that, if allowed, will engulf me. Feelings that surprisingly (or […]

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A year ago my daughter was about to leave the nest. The soft, feathered, built-painstakingly-by-hand nest I’d created for her since the moment I knew she existed. Fine, her father helped…but still. I knew I needed to tell her all the things before she left, but didn’t feel like I needed to write one of […]

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Last week the family decided to break our impressive chain of about 10 days of doing basically nothing by taking a little two-hour field trip to Itasca State Park, home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. We’d visited the headwaters once before — 13 years ago — and while the actual beginning of the […]

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I’m not a perfect parent. Am I raising kids who are polite and respectful and who don’t get in trouble? Yes. Is it because of my parenting? It shit-sure is. But don’t get me wrong, now that my kids are older I often forget to make them meals (and by “forget” I mean I choose […]

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Last week I was walking down the sidewalk in the small town near our cabin, and coming toward me was a large man-boy who was walking about three feet in front of his tiny little girl who was about two years old and was toddling along at the normal pace for a toddling two year […]

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Today is the first day of spring. And despite it being 5 degrees and looking like Antarctica outside my window, today is the best day of the whole year, because it’s the only day that I can say, “Tomorrow is my birthday!” (For those of you following along, you know how I feel about “eves”.) […]

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I’m a firm believer that you are only as old as you feel, and that the number that is your age doesn’t really mean anything unless you want to drive a car, buy some beer or get a discount on show tickets.  I love this saying –  “How old would you be if you didn’t […]

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