Our Nude Bodies: How Do I Protect My Daughter?

“If anyone ever touches your private parts, you hit them,” I told her. I’m sure she wondered why her mama was reversing the usual “do not hit” rule. My daughter’s cheeks are still soft with baby chub, though her body has lengthened. I stare at her four-year-old arms and legs sprawled out on the bottom […]

Giving Up is Not An Option: What Five Days in the Wilderness Taught Me

Humility, Tenacity and a Huge Roll of Duct Tape This summer my husband, some friends and I went on a five-day backpacking trip Up North. The landscape there is so dramatic and wild, I always feel it necessitates a lot of proper nouns. So when we go north, we go Up North. The hiking route […]

When I’m a Terrible Human

I was such a jerk. I was a jerk to a kind, unsuspecting person who didn’t deserve it in the least. My stomach churned with a particularly shameful cocktail of guilt and regret. It had been a day. Well, I suppose it had been a month. The kids were back in school, with complicated schedules […]

The Both/And

There are some weights I’ve carried silently across years, my skin and bone growing right around them tangled complicated. The heaviness buried. Still, I grew into my frame. I softened, curved found my way. I’ve made beautiful things. I can be both/and. But then, on a day still close, words spilled inky and echoed across […]

Nightmares and Cosmic Gifts

When I was offered a new job earlier this summer, a strange thing happened. I started having nightmares. It wasn’t that I was afraid of the new opportunity or unhappy with the offer. In fact, just the opposite. It was an offer so substantial that it was going to dramatically change our circumstances and allow […]