Category Archives: Family Life

My Horror Movie

My husband’s family has a cabin deep in the woods of Northern Michigan. So deep in the woods that the first time he took me and turned from a dirt road into a random, unmarked clump of trees and up … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gifts

A few years ago a young man from South Africa stayed with us for a week. During the week he told me the story of how he came to be adopted by his mother and given his name. He was … Continue reading

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Home Again

Some friends of mine bought a house. It was their childhood home. It was not their only childhood home and in reality, they probably did not live in it for that long, but it was the first and last home … Continue reading

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The Stories of My Children

I am conflicted about most of Judaism, but I am the most conflicted about Passover. It is a historical fact that the Hebrews were never slaves in Egypt. So, is the Passover story a story of cultural appropriation, of stealing … Continue reading

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Tree Hugging

One of my more embarrassing college relationships involved a boy who wrecked my car, while borrowing it to stalk his ex-girlfriend. He was older, having already left one school under dramatic circumstances. We met in a creative writing class and … Continue reading

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Last Night

Last night my 11-year-old hit a baseball. It wasn’t a home run, he was out at first, but he hit the ball. It’s been a struggle for him since he left t-ball for kid pitch. He loves sports, he loves … Continue reading

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Unexpected Lessons

It’s not a popular statement in “mommy groups” where we’re all supposed to agree that parenting is SO HARD ALL THE TIME but, I’ve occasionally said that the hardest part of being my daughter’s mother was her birth. It was … Continue reading

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