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A Room of One's Own

When Madi was an infant, she was a good sleeper. Paul and I worked until 9:30 in the evening, so we put her to bed at midnight, and she...

What's In a Name?

Madi must have been in kindergarten when she got off the bus one day in tears because some little boy had called her an idiot. I was...

Sabbath

Have you noticed how cyclical a lot of things are? At our SAT school, the type of student, among other things, tends to come in waves....

The Calendar

Every morning it’s the same routine. I stumble downstairs, turn on the coffeemaker, unload the dishwasher before I wake up enough to...

Leftovers

Before I was even old enough to discover that boys existed, I was aware that the actor, Sam Elliott had a great voice, like a...

Naturally

Why can’t broccoli taste like cake? Why can’t cups of coffee count towards our water intake? Why is it so hard to stay healthy or get...

Clarity

I've always heard Paul say when talking about life, “You’ve got to stay in your own lane.“ It’s the same thing as the popular phrase “You...

The Gift of Kindness

Has anyone ever asked you: if you could live in any era other than now, when would you live? Would you pick a time when you could...

The Great Debate

I'm sure you’ve heard of the longest running debate in history: should toilet paper be installed with the loose end over or under. I...

Bittersweet

Has anyone ever given you advice in the heat of the moment that is so spot-on you want to punch him or her in the throat? It’s the last...

Resolutions

Ten… Nine… Eight… Seven… Have you ever seen When Harry Met Sally or the host of other movies that take place over the New Years holiday?...

What's In Your Cup?

Last Christmas, Madi gave me a blank notebook; she had artistically decorated the cover with the name of this blog. The inscription on...

A Gift

I wasn’t going to post today. It was going to be my gift to you, but then something happened… December 23rd. The normal Christmas rush...

God Bless Us, Every One

Because my birthday is in December, my family would do something Christmas-y to celebrate. We would decorate the tree, go to see the...

Raise a glass

When I was in college and traveling home for weekends, part of my trip was on a little two-lane road that wound through the countryside,...

Plans

My mom lives in Winston-Salem, and years ago when Paul and I would be going up to see her we would be on the interstate and as we got...

100 Days

I don’t think I had ever paid too much attention to time until we had Madison. I mean, sure, I had to be at work on time and things like...

Enlightenment?

A long time ago I had a friend, and we would talk about “being in the flow.“ We both understood the concept and marveled at how wonderful...

I Love You

Long before I learned about the rule of threes in comedy, I grew up hearing that bad things happen in threes. I’ve heard that all my life...

Young at Heart

On Monday I went for a physical, and I saw a new doctor, so it was mainly a getting-to-know-you session. She asked if I had any health...

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