Monthly Archives: March 2011

FRED, remembering

I’ve had some unexpected challenges this week that have tested my ability and desire to be civilized and forgiving. I’ll just say it was something out of my control, our family is bearing the brunt of it, and we’ve seen … Continue reading

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‘FESS up, now

Dearest Readers, Have we mentioned lately how much we love you? If not, shame on us. You are patient, forbearing, kind, generous. We never hear a cross word from you. You say lovely things. Some of you allow us to … Continue reading

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FIRST SIGHT, love at

There are some days you never forget, try as you might. One of mine was in January 1992 when my obstetrician sat me down to say he thought my baby had failed to thrive, and there was a concern I … Continue reading

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FRAGMENTS of the past

My mom and I, like many mothers and daughters, had a difficult and complicated relationship. The difficulty began, as I remember it, when I was 9, and it continued until she died. For years, we both held on to the … Continue reading

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FISHES and loaves

As much as I mark the seasons by temperature, I measure them by food. Summer is peaches and tomatoes fresh from the vine; winter, nourishing soups and sweetly roasted root vegetables. At this time of year – when winter leaks … Continue reading

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FOR the love of a child

I haven’t written as many posts as usual lately as I’ve had to focus on helping my youngest daughter get ready for, and then recover from, her second surgery in five months. This comes after seven years of struggle with … Continue reading

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FRIENDS, indeed

In the last eight days, two different friends have read me the riot act – about two different issues. Besides causing me to wonder briefly if I’m a total loser, both have made me think harder about the choices I’m … Continue reading

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FAITH

We hear it all the time: anything is possible if you believe. It’s the eternal buzzword for ad campaigns from vodka to video games, and the backbone of the lyrics of dozens of weepy movie soundtracks. Faith, in itself, though, is … Continue reading

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FULL voice

You ever see someone walking down the street, talking out loud to themselves? I know what you thought: “Geesh, crazy people.” Don’t worry – it’s probably just me. When you live by yourself, you talk to your pets, if you … Continue reading

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FACT or FICTION

The last time I took a class that wasn’t exercise or sports-related was so long ago that I am not even sure of the date. It had to be around the time I was in college or shortly thereafter. But … Continue reading

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