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My boy has been going through some stuff -- having nights when sleep doesn't come easily and then stressing about the sleep not coming easily and then getting all brain-spinny about anything sleep-preventative in the room. Every little sound from... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Sassafrass
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Anne Lamott, the honest, hilarious author of many heartbreaking and hopeful non-fiction and fiction books, recently came to my city. She spoke for a while, and I sat, poised with my phone, tapping away notes on all of the funny... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Sassafrass
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I knew about Rwanda, saw heart-yanking images and read articles of the 1994 genocide that left a nation scarred. But I didn't really feel the connection until my friend Elizabeth returned from working in the African country, where she'd educated... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Sassafrass
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He used run nakey to the tub, arms full of tiny plastic guys that he would line up on the ledge. He would only agree to veer away from athletic pants because he could carry Legos in his cargo pockets.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Sassafrass
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Minus the onslaught of allergies, the Don Draperish haze of please-God-and-antihistimines-keep-me-from-sneezing-one-more-time, the triumph that there not only is a coffee station in my grandmother's church but that you can take to=go cups into the sanctuary, planting pots of lovely flowers... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2013 at Sassafrass
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It isn't that there are one thousand second-graders carrying paper lunch bags that are torn or half-open with bags of Sun Chips and baby carrots and hot Cheetos spilling out. Or that they are supposed to be making notes on... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Sassafrass
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Angelina Jolie's own metered and honest words about undergoing an elective double mastectomy are printed in the New York Times today, making her vastly removed celebrity voice feeling closer to the many, many women who fear the real chances of... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Sassafrass
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The stinky-boyness is creeping in. The shaggy hair holds the sweat smell, he's been sworn to keep his socks on until the moment he steps into the tub and some days...I. Just. Cannot. OH. GAWD. Still, he is just shy... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Sassafrass
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Huffington Post asked me to write about the parenting lessons I've learned as a single mom, to be compiled as a part of a series for Mother's Day. I was thrilled to see it at the top of the Parents... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Sassafrass
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It was my son's second big stand-up gig. The first was in kindergarten, two years ago, and he wore a flashing bow tie my dad let him borrow and used flash cards I made for him to prompt the jokes.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Sassafrass
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credit: PacificCoastNews.com I used to cringe when I’d read a status update or hear a married friend exclaim that she’d be a single mom for the weekend while her husband was out of town. I’d feel frustrated at the blanket... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Sassafrass
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On the thousands (OK, hundreds) of Match.com meet-ups I had during my dating days, it was the rare man who suggested we get together to do something other than have drinks. While there’s something simple about that first-date go-to, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Sassafrass
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On the day of the Colorado shootings, this poem poured out of me and on to my keyboard, up to my screen. So much more has happened since a movie theater full of people went under the siege of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Sassafrass
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You know how I love my city, from the vibrant neighborhoods to the acclaimed restaurants to the skyline and shimmering lake that never fail to make me gasp. I love running into people I know in my favorite dive taco... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Sassafrass
My first episode of One-Der Woman: The Single Mom's Guide to Happiness was about panties. The most recent one? It's about pee. We've all grown up a lot together in the past few months, haven't we, friends? In overhauling my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Sassafrass
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I tore a hole in my favorite pair of socks today. It's not a big deal, really. Except that almost every pair of socks I own has an identical hole, ripped from the knit where the ball of my left... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Sassafrass
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I went to a smallish college in the corner of Missouri. I joked with my friends that I was living in the State of Misery. But really, that school was exactly where I needed to be. My high school had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Sassafrass
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Press pause on who’s wearing what and which film racks up the most golden statues to flash the light on talented actresses who’ve been honored by the academy — and happen to be single mothers. Here are celebrity single mamas... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Sassafrass
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I've been thinking a lot about how to write about rejection, about how to pose it, not as whining or self-pity, about how to escape the embarrasment of saying aloud that someone has judged your work and said no and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Sassafrass
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It wasn't easy, pouring the last five years and a big sliver of my heart out on the page. Or on nine pages. I'd been laboring over what to write for weeks, making notes on Post-Its and in my phone... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Sassafrass
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He's a little bit color blind, the Not Boyfriend, mostly skewing the colors in my closet. Reds and blues are skewed for him, and I tease him about seeing completely through what I'm wearing. But you'd never know he sees... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Sassafrass
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I will probably read too much into these two flowers tucked into a pot that's just a bit too small for them. How could I help it? They are from my boy. The Not Boyfriend picked him up from school... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Sassafrass
I had Wonder Woman Underoos when I was a kid. They had a half-camisole that I pretended was a bra until I really did wear one (freshman year -- shut up). I felt powerful wearing garb like hers. My cup-size... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at Sassafrass