This Time of Year

Half of my inbox is Christmas, and the other half is racial tension. It's hard to know which way to look. One way is so happy, so jolly, so naïve.  The other is so painful it cuts me to the core.  Sadly, violence at Christmas time is nothing new.  My grandmother danced on a Hawaiian beach at a clam bake the night before Pearl Harbor was bombed 73 years ago this Sunday.  A mere two years ago this December 14, kindergarteners were shot to death at school in Newtown,

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Just Friday



This is how old I am: On Wednesday afternoon I realized that I had forgotten to pick up a journal I needed for a Thanksgiving project.  Luckily the only store I live near is Office Depot, and it would do the trick.  Here's where my age kicks in: I had a flicker of doubt, will they have

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Meditation for a Broken Heart



Last night I fell to my meditation cushion with a broken heart. Evening meditation.  Rare, I prefer mornings, but as pieces from my heart crumbled I reached out for saving.  I reached out for grace. A good day unraveled around the dinner table.  I was alone, as I always am on

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Menu for a Small Thanksgiving



Thanksgiving is next week, and I've barely given it a thought.  This year no relatives will visit and no friends have been invited to our table, so it will be a cozy Thanksgiving with just the inner circle. I couldn't be happier. Although I do love a boisterous, grand feast, I've grown tired

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The Boys Who Drive Me Crazy



Crazy in love, that is. Max is creating an autobiography for his 2nd quarter interdisciplinary project, so I've had to mine the archives for baby pictures.  Gems like these pierce my heart and send my nose straight into a book about quantum physics; tell me again about how time isn't

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The Road Ahead



Today I complete my 40th trip around the sun!  Tomorrow I will watch the sunrise over the ocean as I become a 40 year old woman. I am so excited! When I was in elementary school, Mrs. Freeze, a fifth grade teacher, turned 40 years old.  Her students brought 40 black balloons to school

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Tomato’s New Best Friend



Don't get me wrong.  I love basil, would never break up with basil, will eat it until the day I die.  But lately, I've been cheating on basil with another herb I also love, rosemary.  I used to reserve rosemary for potatoes and basil for tomatoes, but lately, I've been experimenting.  Let

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu



Here's a repost of my favorite Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu.  The countdown is on...! A vegetarian Thanksgiving may not seem traditional, but just because you're not eating turkey doesn't mean each Thanksgiving the menu needs to start from scratch.  I know that food writers are constantly

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In Case You Have a Cold Right Now…



Jack has some five year old wisdom to dispense: The week you have a stuffy nose is good week and a bad week.  (He let the bad part go unspecified out of a sense of obviousness.)  It's a good week because when you go to the bathroom, you don't have to smell your pee and poop, and that's

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A Literary Halloween



Guess what chapter book we read this summer?  Here's a hint from Halloween: I've never dressed up with a family theme, so this was a big deal.  I should have done it when my kiddos were babies and I had full control, but alas, it didn't even occur to me.  This might be our only shot. 

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