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Family, General

February 12, 2021

Birthdays, Teen Drivers, and Exploding Pyrex

In case you’ve never tried melting Jolly Ranchers in a Pyrex measuring cup over a low flame for the purpose of an elaborate popsicle-making experiment, let me save you the trouble — it doesn’t end well.

Family, General

September 26, 2020

Lep Kuchen and Mimosas

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

Family, General

August 21, 2020

The Road Gets Bumpy

Aggressive brain cancer is no walk in the park. Well, it’s currently 114 degrees here in Arizona, which means even a walk in the park isn’t exactly a walk in the park, so to speak…Never mind. Aggressive brain cancer is the worst.

Family, General

July 30, 2020

Mismatched Pillow Cases

The other night my mom put on the Bee Gees and sang along while she cleaned up dinner in the kitchen. My dad sat nearby in his wheelchair. He was a little low and a little sleepy, but he watched my mom, and I watched him watching her, and it was so tender I had […]

Family, General

July 18, 2020

Cupcakes & Black Holes

Sometimes, when the kids are chattering away with each other about silly nonsense, I look over at Dad, and he’s smiling as he watches them. Sometimes I see my mom bend over to give him a kiss, and he smiles up at her, full of affection.

Family, General

June 29, 2020

My Dad’s Brain Tumor, So Far

If you’d asked me a month ago what a glioblastoma is, I’d have shrugged. A month ago, I had literally no idea that such a thing even existed. But several weeks ago, my dad suffered a series of sudden and alarming seizures that led to not one but two emergency brain surgeries, and now he […]

Family, General, Parenting

February 20, 2020

My Shoes-Optional Son

We were halfway to school when Foss suddenly announced that he had forgotten his shoes at home. Cooper, ever anxious at the thought of arriving late to school, groaned aloud in horror and irritation.

Family, Parenting

November 20, 2019

The Superpowers & Not-So-Superpowers of the Boy with a Cape on His Underpants

I recently took Will (who had just turned four years old) to Target to pick out some new underwear (for him….just to be clear). One of my favorite things about kids his age is their total, unabashed innocence about their bodies. I love that I can take him to the underwear section of a busy […]

Family, Featured, General, Narrative

March 11, 2019

Percy Has Opinions: Our Birds

You know those pictures of pets of different species doing adorable things together? Like when dogs and cats get all snuggled up, or cats and birds set aside their differences so the bird can perch atop the cat’s head, or a fox mother adopts a bunny baby? Don’t those pictures just make you feel all […]

Family, Travel

August 31, 2018

RV’s and Readiness

Am I¬†organizationally ready? Well, my little spell-checker is giving me a red squiggly line indicating that “organizationally” is not actually a word, so I guess not. Also, no, I don’t feel organizationally ready. I sat down at my computer to write some emails before we go and I wrote a blog post instead, so….

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