childhood memories

vegetarian or hunter? comparing yourself at the dinner table

October 10, 2016
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It was bloody when my children were growing up, and there were tears. My children fought about food and kept my kitchen tense for years. They were finding their way in life, doing that sacred tango of emancipation like all kids do. My daughter is a strict vegetarian. My son is a bow hunter. I […]

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the middle place: love, death and memories

September 26, 2016
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The aspen leaves are only yellow for a short time. I want to be there for it. This was my first thought. Second thought: Let’s take Yedder, my dog who has kept me company for 13 years on my 45-minute walks. A piece of me hesitated. She’s old these days, and, when I get to […]

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how cleaning my cupboard connects the dots of my grief

October 14, 2012
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I miss my mother. Wearing a dress I designed and my mother sewed,  we sat together on the piano bench and sang hymns while I waited for my prom date to arrive. I was 17 years old and my hair was looking mighty fine. We harmonized Amazing Grace and it settled my nerves while I […]

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brain clogged? distracted? get physical

October 12, 2012
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“Huh?” I say to my son. Then I see him roll his eyes.  I hate it when he rolls his eyes. Every time he rolls his eyes he’s disgusted. I’ve disgusted him. I wasn’t listening. He was talking to me and I was somewhere else. I can’t even tell you where I was…just…elsewhere. Distracted. When […]

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clean well? celebrate!

October 11, 2012
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Taking a break to rest is an essential part of staying on course. It isn’t just for the purpose of refueling. A good break, well chosen, timed and designed, will actually increase your momentum. If cleaning clutter = drudgery, you will burn out. But, if you can connect to things that make you happy as […]

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