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Letting Go

I remember the first time you grabbed my thumb with fierce but impossibly tiny fingers. You held on as if you’d never let go. After that, you grabbed at everything. Toys and teething rings, computer cords, cats’ fur, my hair. Let …

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What ACTUALLY Makes Motherhood So Hard

People say motherhood is hard for good reason. Fussy babies, sleep deprivation, excrement, whining, bullying, sex offenders, driver’s ed, college tuition . . . the list of parenting worries and woes is as endless as those restless newborn nights. But when you boil …

MOMCATION

10 Reasons You Need a Momcation

I recently took a trip all by myself. I had a meeting in San Diego for the magazine I work for, and I tacked on some extra days to visit friends, family, and my soul-mate, the ocean. At the Spokane airport, I …

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Embracing My Age

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver I called my grandmother ten years ago to wish her a Happy Birthday—her 80th. She laughed and said, “Oh, Annie. I don’t …

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The Most Romantic Gift I’ve Ever Given My Husband

My husband and I are terrible gift-givers. Even on birthdays and major holidays, our idea of giving one another presents is buying something we both really want, but haven’t wanted to spend the money for, and calling it a gift for both …

Procrastinate

10 Ways to Procrastinate Like a Pro

I’m not a fan of procrastination. It’s a terrible habit, and one I certainly don’t advise. But I am extraordinarily skilled at it. I could give procrastination master classes. It’s a special gift. Since they say you should highlight your strengths, I’ve …