Category: Memories

the art of being my mother

Centered on the living room wall when I was growing up was a drawing that tore at me. It was of a woman, clearly weary, her head in one hand looking off to her left, a sleeping child draped over the other arm. While I now see the beauty in this art, as a child I believed my mother identified with it because of … Read More the art of being my mother


Let Your Fear Be Your Guide

At the age of 18, I went canoeing for the first — and last — time. Don’t get me wrong. It was an extremely successful venture. I was with my church youth group at a river in northern California, known for its great canoeing. It was perfect for beginner and advanced canoeists alike, as the more treacherous areas all had an alternate route (walking). … Read More Let Your Fear Be Your Guide


New Magic

A million thoughts — a thousand regrets — a dozen things I’d change today to bring back the magic. Do you ever think of me? I dreamed of you the other night, and you were kind to me. I suppose I’m healing. And moving on. I’m dreaming about someone else these days, but scared to let him know, to open the door to heartache. A … Read More New Magic

+ Heart drawn on rainy-streaked window

The Letter (sigh)

When I was 36, I moved from Minneapolis to Nashville for a relationship. I distinguish “moving for a relationship” from “moving for a man.” It was a decision I made because it was what I wanted to do, and not because I was one of those women who would sacrifice anything for the man in her life. I’d made big moves before, so I … Read More The Letter (sigh)


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — Worth the Wait

So I finally know the last two words Amy Sherman-Palladino planned to use in the finale of Gilmore Girls. Don’t worry, no spoilers here. But Gilmore Girls fans, if you were hesitant to watch the sequel for any reason, wait no longer. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is true to the original, but it’s not the same. The characters have grown, yet Stars … Read More Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — Worth the Wait

All Who Are Weary, Eat

This Thanksgiving I’ll be with four other people who find themselves in much the same position I’m in: living in a city without family nearby to spend the holidays with. I have some cousins, second cousins, actually, living 20 or 30 minutes away, but seeing them would be much like seeing strangers. I’ve had three invitations from local friends to join their family, and … Read More All Who Are Weary, Eat

Collecting Memories

It all started with my new job. We were responsible for the marketing for a wine festival, then the fourth largest in the country. I started that job only days before the event and barely knew what was expected of me, let alone what was the protocol at a wine tasting. One of the agency’s account executives taught me about sipping the wine, swirling … Read More Collecting Memories

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