Is it okay to laugh when people are dying? 

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The government just told us we have to shelter in place for another month. The first thought that came to my mind was, Damn! Our trip to Palm Springs is probably off! Then…

Getting Henry Home

MARCH 19TH UPDATE ON THE 3/18 POST BELOW: (please scroll to the bottom of the page to share your comments) 

Henry made it to Seattle safely! After a very easy 2 ½ hour drive with hardly any cars on the…

Beauty & Hope

I have been distracted, as we all have been lately, and my writing has fallen by the wayside as I deal with present circumstances. (I've been to the grocery store three times so far.) Also, my son Henry is studying…

Not Knowing

To not know something means anything can happen. This can feel exciting and fun, or it can feel frightening and dangerous. For example, it can be thrilling to wonder about what’s inside the contents of a beautifully wrapped…

Joy vs. Fear 

Ten years ago my mother died. She was 66 years old, and much too young to die. She worried a lot, and ultimately, her worry ate her alive. Technically, cancer killed her, but it’s likely her worry manifested it. She…

Beginning

I began this blog with the intention of sticking to a weekly writing practice. Then I missed last week because I was at a week-long retreat where I had no phone or computer access (and I hadn't planned ahead well…

Windows

My childhood bedroom window had two sides that opened outward like a double door by turning a small latch in the middle. Opening it felt like possibility. A person could lean out and breathe in the night air. There was…

It's Not About the Noodles

Once while I was visiting family many years ago, there was an argument over dinner. We were eating BBQ and sitting on their back deck overlooking the Grand Teton mountain range just before sunset. The sky looked like a pastel…

About the Boys

When I was 28 I had my first son, then two years later I had my twin boys. I didn't want more than three children, so I had to come to terms with a daughterless future. To be honest, before…

Mother Bunny in Seattle 

One week in March a couple years ago I got to spend a day-and-a-half with one of my boys. It was his spring break from college, and a buddy in Seattle had invited him there to visit. He called me…

My New Favorite Thing

When I was raising my kids, I always encouraged them to try new things. I told them, "it could be your new favorite thing!" One of my favorite things is making a nice cup of tea for myself. I love…

The Manager 

I met The Manager the summer my twins were one-year-olds, and my oldest child was a little over three. Well, I didn’t actually meet him in person. He doesn’t really exist. But conveniently, that didn’t matter. Let me explain. 

It…