It started with the butterflies. A dozen of them, all sizes, showed up on the front of our house the day Marrett got sick. These butterflies hatch in our neighborhood every year, but usually down the street near a neighbor's house. But Thursday last, they took up residence at Broady Grund Hollow, alighting on our... Continue Reading →


I lay in the bed I used to share with my husband, the toddler's tiny form tucked in beside me, listening as her breathing settles into sleep. My eyes are open, but I cannot see, save for the sliver of light coming from the hall. The darkness feels like a metaphor. Marrett's death is exactly... Continue Reading →

The Discipline of Joy

The sun is shining with a warmth that can only mean spring this morning, and as I came out of my favorite coffee place with my favorite chai latte in hand, I was literally stopped in my tracks by joy. It's a Monday, which is my day off each week, and I started it with... Continue Reading →

Asking for Directions

When we were in Chicago over Memorial Day, we let the girls go on their own to the Bean one evening. We wondered briefly whether it would be safe, whether they would get lost, especially since our oldest is not known for her navigational skills. They're not city kids either, and the streets would be... Continue Reading →

Quenching my Thirst

It's 11 am and already eighty degrees. Inside. We're home from a beautiful weekend in Chicago, where I became godmother to my best friend's baby. And as inevitably happens, we returned to find repairs needed, the AC having failed in yesterday's record heat. So, I sit here sweating at my kitchen table, waiting for a... Continue Reading →

3 Weeks, 3 Gleanings

It's week three of my sabbatical, and after lots of sleep, Hulu, and time in the woods, I'm finally feeling ready to share some reflections. So, here are three brief gleanings from these first three weeks. You don't know how fast you've been moving until you stop.  In the 12 months preceding sabbatical, I did the... Continue Reading →

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