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A short story about Amber

When I was 12, I met Amber. She was Autistic, and apart of the Special Ed class that had been scattered throughout the mainstream seventh grade for various class periods. Each Special Ed student was teamed with a chosen mainstream student. Amber was not mine. I was assigned as desk buddy to Rachel, who was […]

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School is in session!

School is in session! The children walking past my home office window this morning are still in fresh, bright, new looking shoes and clothes. They have pep in their step and packs on their backs. I too will be starting school! I was accepted to pursue my Editing Certificate at the University of Chicago. Thankfully, I […]

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Surprising Reward

(revised entry from Dec 2011) The overwhelming things I have wanted to do in my life, the things that seemed most impossible in feasibility and practicality, when I have stepped out and just done them, have proven to be most rewarding. I wanted to dance professionally at the start of my college years. To explore […]

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Thoughts on Legacy

I have been thinking a lot. It started with the 24-hour drive back from our family’s Florida vacation, and has continued into the blistering cold of Minnesota’s wind-chill, snow days and tea by the fireplace. I have been thinking about what will matter most when I am old, and my children have their own children. […]

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Being at Home: Part III

She knocks on our front door about once a week and asks all sorts of inappropriate (but sometimes profound) questions, as she stands in the doorway, barely four feet, skinny as a twig. “Why do people make houses this big?” Looking around with her nose wrinkled. “Are those your nails? They look fake.” Grabbing my […]

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Being at Home: Part II

I bought an old, wooden rocker from a local thrift store a couple years back. The seat sits low, with carefully crafted arms and edges that contour and arc. There is a string of flowers painted on the headboard–just asymmetrical enough to remind you that it is handmade. This masterpiece put me back $10. It […]

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Being at Home: Part I

I am asked often enough, if I get bored being “at home.” The 10-15 hours I spend editing a week are veiled to most people. And besides, the question is valid, in that, majority of my time is spent in the more traditional sense of stay-at-home-mom. I am not in the least bit offended by […]

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Growing Strong

Sixth grade was like tea without sugar or wet socks or a much anticipated  hello directed at the person behind you. It sucked. Everything was about how you looked, it seemed. I didn’t have much going for me. I was short for my age, and skinny, no curves and my hair didn’t ringlet like the other […]

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A new rudder

I was outspoken, often saying words and never thinking about them before (or after) they escaped my mouth. As Proverbs says, “I was like a [madwoman] with flaming arrows or darts” releasing hurt and shame onto others with my wit, and thoughtless jokes or judgmental criticism. The flaming arrows of my childhood, when matched with […]

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