Archive for the 'Motherhood' Category

Compassionate Choices

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Stella’s last days were hard. People told me, “You’ll know when it’s time.” I wondered. But in the end, I did know. On January 13 I noticed blood in her urine. We took her to the vet and they did blood tests and urine culture. She’d lost two pounds in four months. A few days […]

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Missing

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

An off-kilter day. I was scheduled to go to school and check in homework, and then make photocopies for the teachers. Homework was easy. The copies, not so much. I went through three reams of paper and ran out of paper for the jobs. The new fancy copier worked well until the toner disposal had […]

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Fine Lines

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The line between magical thinking and metaphor is razor thin. Walking to school this morning, Claire asked why we say frost was created by Jack Frost. I replied that before people understood the science behind it, we made up stories, and that humans like to give personalities to nature. She then stated, “I don’t believe […]

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Overheard Yesterday

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

As they waited to retrieve their children from school at day’s end, a few parents were talking about their children’s Halloween costumes. One mother said her daughter didn’t want to just wear the princess costume, because it was too plain. In her story, the daughter said, “Mommy, I want you to bedazzle it!” The woman […]

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Steps

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Some more thoughts from my last post — a little progress report. I met with the director of volunteers at the Hospice of the Valley. I came away with an internal tension. One one end, I feel the calling to work the the dying and the grieving. On the other is the rest of my […]

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Spiritual Upbringing

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

About the spiritual training of young, my view is a bit of the same. How you behave in your home is their spiritual upbringing. I think we have to be careful with all forms of ideological indoctrination, and that is what spiritual training is in children: the imposition of a set of abstract beliefs and […]

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No Ordinary Life

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

No Ordinary Life Drink some coffee light a candle Rain patters light a candle Cat purrs light a candle A child’s party light a candle Eat cake light a candle Buy groceries light a candle Fold laundry light a candle Clean the bathroom light a candle Pay bills light a candle Read books light a […]

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About The Unspeakable

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

I protect my child as much as possible. Therefore, I have chosen not to tell her about yesterday’s tragedy. At age five, she simply does not need to know. What happened is incomprehensible to me, an adult; she would only personalize the information and worry for her own safety. I cannot make the world safe, […]

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Ideas for Practicing Love

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Today, for whatever reason, I am feeling how we all struggle to be here. How much we need to love each other, and how we need to practice that love in deed and word. Once upon a time I struggled to meet my basic needs while working to reach some lofty goals. My life, through […]

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Art Every Day Month – Day 14

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Claire at 5 Months / 4.5″ x 7″ pencil on sketch paper I have very little experience with drawing, especially sketching portraits. I can see how the lips, forehead, and eyes are slightly out of proportion, and I didn’t capture the tilt of her head, and I don’t have the essence of the slightly inquisitive […]

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