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Remember Well

“Remember well.” So reads the inscription in my copy of Everything That Makes You Mom, a lovely little book of vignettes and memory-prompts about mothers. Remember well is good instruction when it comes to our moms, of course. It’s important that we remember the acts of love, the reasons for discipline, the sounds of laughter, the endless […]

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Rolling with the Revolution

As you may know, I’ve been a bit more active in blogging at the Mommy Revolution—which Carla Barnhill and I started together. We’ve got some great conversations going on whether or not motherhood is a “calling” and all about our Revolutionary Manifesto and about our visit to Moody’s Midday Connection. Click here to listen to […]

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Is Balance Possible?

 Here’s what we’re talking about at The Mommy Revolution:  Carla: It seems like every article I read about motherhood focuses on this elusive idea of “balance.” I’m all for it, if only someone could step into my life and show me what exactly it might look like. I don’t think my life is any more […]

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Dad’s Got a Fake ID, too?

Here’s what’s new on the Mommy Revolution site: This is hard for me to write, in a way, because I SO love the movie Mr. Mom. I saw it when I was probably 10 or something with my grandmother, who laughed and laughed the whole time. Since my dear hard-working, hard-knock-life-sort-of-life Swedish grandmother NEVER laughed, […]

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First Day of School Eve

So tomorrow my oldest son starts first grade. I’m a real mom now. I just packed his lunch, and now I’m about to set my alarm so we can all get up in time to get him to his bus stop, just down the block. I just wrote another check, signed another form, folded them together, […]

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Voices: Lost or Found?

So I’ve been thinking about “voice” in the literary sense for a talk I’m giving in October to a bunch of leaders on writing (wow. THAT was clunky!). And it just dawned on me that one of the things that frustrates me as a mom is not only that we tend to lose ourselves amidst the […]

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I Got Nothing

So after nearly a month of not posting anything here—because I’ve been squeezing every moment out of my days trying to make revisions to my book,  keep on top of my regular editing gig, line up some speaking things, help plan a Moms Night Out at my church, put at least some dishes in the dishwasher and some clothes in the washer, and […]

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My Mommy Brain

So today I went to Target and the grocery store and still forgot to buy badly needed paper towels. Now all I can think about is that stupid New Yorker article from a couple of years back on the mommy brain—and how it’s a real thing, about how moms brains do become smaller or something […]

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Found Love

I grew up in a musical-theater-loving family. Not that any of us were in musicals, mind you, but we went to these shows regularly, watched the movie-versions religiously, and sang along to show tunes in the car and at home. For the most part, a great way to grow up. Except for one part, well, […]

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Good Mother’s Day Gifts

Aaah–so after a good couple of weeks of being deluged with print ads, commercials, and email blasts trying to sell me on the stuff moms want and need for Mother’s Day, today on the radio, I finally heard the truth—what we really need. Unlike what every jewelry store, specialty kitchen store, and department says, in a […]

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