Writing

Cycles: Returning to Writing

Cycles: Returning to Writing

(As part of Literary Mama’s, After Page One series – inspiring mom writers) “Bobby…Julia…Mark…” My fifth grade teacher called each student to the front of the classroom to fetch our graded short story essays – our final project for the year. I had spent hours brainstorming a storyline for that particular piece of fiction, and […]

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Why I Don’t Believe in Having One “True Love”

Why I Don’t Believe in Having One “True Love”

I couldn’t keep it in any longer. “I love you!” I exclaimed much too loudly to my boyfriend, who was sitting next to me on a blanket. My boost of sudden confidence could have come from the bottle of wine we shared that night on the beach, or the romantic nature of our evening — […]

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Thrive

Thrive

From the moment they’re born, all we want is for them to thrive. It starts with the basics – nourishment, healthy bowel movements, enough sleep. Then you add developmental, social, and cognitive skills. Next comes behavioral hurdles and the simple question you keep asking yourself – are they turning into good humans? The requirements for […]

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Unspoken Bond

Unspoken Bond

It’s been slow to develop, this unspoken bond between them. Disguised even, between the bickering over toys and fighting over attention. I recently realized the strength of their relationship during an outing at our local splash pad. The two of them ran through the crowd of squealing kids, like a team, a pack. Easy to […]

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Eight Feet on the Ground

Eight Feet on the Ground

The fog of the morning had settled into the ocean cliffs while we hiked through the thick of it– our small family of four. We’d hiked this trail before — when I was pregnant, when the kids were infants in baby carriers. But, today we winded through the mystic trails, a pack of eight feet […]

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The Beach

The Beach

We walk along the bay, pointing at birds and bikers passing by and stopping to scoop up seashells. I’ve walked this beach before, in a different season of life. At 20 years old, I frolicked carefree along this shoreline, figuring out the world, slowly defining myself through good times and bad decisions. Now here, with […]

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One and Three

One and Three

One and three. Most of our days are chaos. I referee fights, kiss boo-boos, prepare meals and snacks, and count to three in my head, over and over, grasping for patience through it all. I try to teach lessons along the way, explain how things work, answer questions and reward empathy. I’m thoughtfully surviving– trying […]

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