The Body I Once Lived In

Once upon a time I lived in a body so uncomfortable with maturing that it wore a skin-tight undershirt to bed for more than two years after outgrowing it. It held that body close and together. Once upon a time I lived in a body so skinny that it could be at the very top […]

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I Want to Write a Children’s Book

There I said it–er, typed it. Now I need to just get started. I know I want it to be a picture book. And I know I want it to be for children 2-8. I also know I want to write about my cat Izzy and her adventures. I just did some very brief research […]

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Scars: The Treasures of Breakage and Reparation

Scars are defined as marks left on the skin or within body tissue where fibrous connective tissue develops to support and bind as a wound heals. Scars can fade, be covered up or even be surgically altered, but they can never go away. Scars remain. Scars remember. And everyone has at least one. * I […]

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5 Things Writing Helped Me Understand after Nearly Dying (Twice)

“You are the author of your own life story,” the skinny strip of green bubble letters outlined in neon pink promised. It used to hang above the chalkboard on the far wall of my classroom. Back then, I believed in that language arts message as hallowed inspiration. Now? Teacher-catalog bullshit. Only recently, I had become […]

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Time (Clock of the Heart)

Why does life seem to be happening so quickly these days? Little Layla is now four and a half months old, Natalie and Ryan have officially tied the knot (and are home from their Dominican Republic honeymoon with a nice mystery rash), it’s already October, and school has been in full force for six weeks […]

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The Power of Story: for Ally

This week, as I have watched those around me come together in the wake of tragedy and sadness after losing you, so loved and so young, I’ve been reminded of the force that telling stories encapsulates over and over again. According to “The Psychological Power of Storytelling,” by Pamela B. Rutledge Ph.D., M.B.A. (Psychology Today, […]

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