Category: Parts of Speech

Avoid the train wrecks of life

“Hey train wreck, this ain’t your station.” —Somebody on the Internet Just over six months ago we moved to a new house, which threw me into what felt like a purging revolution. Many things were thrown away. I even played the Beatles song to feel more like a radical as I filled trash bags. It worked. I threw out, sold […]

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Take a cue from your cats

“Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.” —Ellen DeGeneres There is a reason we’re always almost out of toilet paper at my house. It’s a condition and there’s a name for it. I’m an ‘under-buyer.’ (Just ask my kids.) The classification makes me feel better somehow. This means I can put a name to why I […]

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Taking blame for good things

“Do you remember me, I sat upon your knee. I wrote to you with childhood fantasies. Well, I’m all grown up now and still need help somehow. I’m not a child but my heart still can dream…. So here’s my lifelong wish, my grown-up Christmas list…. What is this illusion called the innocence of youth? Maybe only in our blind […]

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There’s room for all of it

“Happy, happy Christ­mas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fireside and his quiet home!” —Charles Dickens I grew up in a Catholic home, part of a […]

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‘Help’ is a prayer we all need

We can say a little prayer even if we are not believers: “Help” is a great prayer. “Help me, help me, I am a completely doomed human” is even better. When my then six-year-old son got his head stuck in the bars of a chair at the dining table of some friends we were visiting, he went unnoticed for a […]

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Sometimes ‘mess’ is beautiful

“It’s all messy: the hair, the bed, the words, the heart, life.” —William Leal As I was driving down the street and soaking in fall colors the other day, it quickly became clear how much more I enjoy looking at the yards smothered in untouched leaves over those that had been meticulously raked to perfection. And that’s not just an […]

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Younger can also be wiser

“Maybe go outside? Maybe look up, instead of down at your wobbly thighs and aching feet? Maybe look up at the wild canopy or stars overhead, those goofy birds? If bird song were the ONLY proof there was a God—an intelligent love energy of some sort—it would be enough for me. Thrush, chickadees, loons? I’m in.” —Anne Lamott Being the […]

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Old friends, still good friends

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson The more old friends change, the more they stay the same. Sorry, I couldn’t avoid using this tweaked cliche; it’s just the way it is. These people are the lifers. The ones who remember all the sordid details of […]

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If Jersey calls, pick up phone

“You have to work ceaselessly on your end to digest and imbibe your opportunities or, I have come to believe, they will gradually slip away and knock on someone else’s more receptive door.” —Liz Gilbert New Jersey called me three times last summer. And I didn’t answer three times. I have a paranoia about answering calls from numbers I don’t […]

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What we care about changes

“Ditching the crap is such a relief. For me, it’s freed up quite a bit of time and emotional space to think about what really does matter. In the spirit of making it count.” —Lisa Sadikman, scarymommy.com What could be better than knowing my deserving niece is, at this very moment, experiencing the joy and beauty of a brand new […]

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