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The Girl in the Picture

I spent Saturday morning searching through bins in the attic for a particular photograph. My memories of the day it was taken are so vivid. The leaves had started to fall on campus, and my college boyfriend, armed with his new Nikon camera, wanted me to be his model. Because it was the 1980s, my… Continue reading The Girl in the Picture

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Her Majesty’s Remotes

Reflecting on the death of Queen Elizabeth, the British-American author Andrew Sullivan wrote how “staggeringly rare [the Queen’s] level of self-restraint is today. Narcissism is everywhere. Every feeling we have is bound to be expressed. Self-revelation, transparency, authenticity — these are our values.” Reality TV comes to mind. Just because I can watch pimples being… Continue reading Her Majesty’s Remotes

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The Chair

People probably find my family odd for many reasons, not the least of which is that we name our cars. I felt a bit vindicated upon reading that 60 percent of Americans view a car as a member of their family, and just as many name them. When you consider how much time you spend… Continue reading The Chair

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Blessings of an Asparagus Plate

I confess to a weakness for estate sales. Perhaps it’s the writer in me that is fascinated by the myriad of eclectic treasures one can find. Strolling through an estate sale is like wandering through the years of someone’s life: wondering where they acquired this particular piece of art, pondering what types of outdoor dinner… Continue reading Blessings of an Asparagus Plate

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Happy Place

It can be difficult to walk on sand. The ground seems to be constantly shifting, sinking, challenging my ankles. A week at the beach, my “happy place,” has always been the highlight of our family’s year. The naturally healing, exfoliating saltwater not only soothes our bodies; it recharges our batteries and offers a prime venue… Continue reading Happy Place

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Going Bowling

As a young teen, I was equal parts fascinated and horrified by a girl (I’ll call her Sally) in our church youth group who was a few years older. She did not attend regularly—something our parents took umbrage at. We came to find out that one reason behind her spotty attendance was her work schedule.… Continue reading Going Bowling

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Bracha Levatla

The last two weeks have taken our collective American breath away. No, I’m not referring to the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial, sensational and juicy as that is. I’m referring to Uvalde, Texas. I have forced myself to watch all the coverage of the 19 precious fourth graders, and I’ve let the tears come. Just like… Continue reading Bracha Levatla

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Two funerals and a tree

Decades ago, as a young working mother, I was always trying to cram 25 hours into every single day. I felt as if I was always shortchanging someone—a client, a colleague, my husband, or, most importantly, my kids. One morning as I was driving to preschool, my toddler daughter Anna suddenly squealed from her car… Continue reading Two funerals and a tree

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Life Changing Punctuation

When you drive a late model car and your Aux cord doesn’t work, a collection of CDs in the center console is critical. My passengers are often surprised to note that, in that dark cave, Dan Fogelberg, Spice Girls, Chopin and Meghan Trainor can co-exist peacefully. On a long commute recently, I was reminded that… Continue reading Life Changing Punctuation

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Touchstones

On a whim, my husband and I went to see the movie Coda the evening before it won the Best Picture Oscar. There have been so many years that I’ve been disappointed with the winner, but this year got it right. What a powerful movie about growing up as the only hearing person in a… Continue reading Touchstones