Category Archives: musings

Mamalode: The Entire World Contracted

It feels fitting that Mamalode has published my piece, The Entire World Contracted, about a moment I’ll never forget during my first pregnancy, on the day my last baby turns 10 (which I will write about tomorrow!). I hope you will click over and read my short piece here. And the seasons, they go round […]

The increasing vulnerability of right now

Beautiful morning moon, last week, on the way to school. Through the comments on my post last week about vulnerability, I met a new writer whose work I’m enjoying.  In particular, this post, Dear Lonely Moms of Older Kids, really resonated with me.  It made me think about the fact that if parenting is an […]

her wounds came from the same source as her power

I loved the movie version of Wild, a book I adored.  I came straight home and went to my heavily underlined- and written-in copy of Adrienne Rich’s The Dream of a Common Language.  I read the first page, the first poem, which Reese Witherspoon specifically reads and thinks about in the movie. She died a […]

What I learned in 2014 and what I hope for 2015

I believe the past, present, and future are all woven together in ways I can’t fully understand.  I also believe that a central task of adulthood is accepting, making peace with, and celebrating our individual pasts and histories.  This is the only way we can embrace what is, let alone what lies ahead. So, onward […]

A darkness full of light

December 22, 2011, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem These are the darkest days.  And they are so full of light. Yesterday was the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, which I regularly refer to as the holiest day of the year for me. I find the darkness is deeply comforting.  Maybe […]

Story People & words on holiday cards

I love Brian Andreas’ work and I have for a very long time.  We have two Story People prints hanging in our bathroom and one in each of Grace and Whit’s rooms.  I gave prints to each of my bridesmaids at our rehearsal dinner.  It’s impossible for me to read Brian’s pieces without my eyes […]

The slipstream of life

I dislike talking about being busy.  I’ve said this before.  We are all busy.  Everybody’s life is full.  I know this is true, and discussion of being busy feels like both an excuse and, frankly, a bit of a bore. Lately, however, my own life feels particularly abundant, as it were, with demands, responsibilities, and, […]

73 Questions

I’m so grateful that Brettne pointed me to the Vogue video of Anna Wintour answering the 73 question challenge.  She’s hilarious, and, as Brettne said to me, I totally covet her office.  I was also fascinated by how the specific questions come together to provide a compelling portrait of a person.  I’ve often written about […]

Time folds like an accordion

On Friday, Grace ran her first cross-country meet.  She was nervous, I was not there, and she did well.  She did really well. I met her after the meet and we went straight to the airport to pick up her dearest friend from camp, J.  J is the daughter of my old and dearest friend, […]

This is 40: the thick, hot heart of life’s grand pageant

The last night of my 30s, at the summer camp I went to for many years and which both Grace and Whit now attend and love. I turned 40 a couple of weeks ago.  On the actual day I woke up early at my parents’ house on the Massachusetts shore and drove with Matt an […]