Thoughts on a Decade of Parenting

My son turns 10 in a few weeks. I can’t believe it — double digits! And this means I’ve been a parent for a decade — the longest I’ve held any single job in my life. When I returned to work after my first maternity leave, my sister remarked, “It feels like you are returning […]

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The Middle

Reflections inspired by a recent milestone birthday. “The middle is messy but it’s also where the magic happens.” -Brené Brown My belly is soft, but my heart is full. My mind is scattered, sometimes forgetful, but focused. I care less about what people think. In fact, I care less about a lot of things. And […]

What’s your weather report?

Right after I finished college, armed with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and a lingering travel bug, I got a job teaching English in Singapore.  It was a great opportunity to try out teaching and a fabulous launching pad from which to explore Southeast Asia (not to mention four national religions translates to a lot […]

Potty Talk: Lessons from Toilet Training

The other day, an acquaintance asked me how I was doing.  I found myself unloading (no pun intended) about the trials and tribulations of potty training for several minutes.  I could hear myself rattle on and on about potty training…like I was floating above myself watching this unfold but couldn’t. manage. to. stop. This poor […]

Anniversary

A lovely, unexpected consequence of marrying my husband was that I gained another grandma.  In fact, I used to joke with him that I married him for his grandma.  I felt an instant connection with Lucile the moment we met, early on in my dating history with my husband. I was captivated by her Southern […]