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Growing Up

posted Tuesday August 18th, 2020

        Facebook memories, you’re killing me. I brace myself each morning, reminded of how it feels on the rare occasions I leave the house, driving past coffee shops, boutiques and other favorite spots that are currently things of the past. This week it’s all the back to school photos from previous years, my […]


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Dance with Sophie!

posted Wednesday May 27th, 2020

  Desperate times mean it’s time to dance — at least, that’s how it’s been in our house this spring. Sophie’s working toward her goal of becoming a dance teacher by offering her first-ever dance class! On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm PST, you can join her virtual class via Zoom. No experience […]


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The Law of Words

posted Tuesday February 18th, 2020

I’m proud of my girls every day — that should go without saying — but Sophie really blew me away this weekend with her performance at Shoo Flies. Shoo Flies is the little sister of Bar Flies, a live reading series I co-produce featuring “true stories — and drinks” held monthly at a bar in […]


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Holiday Letter

posted Tuesday December 31st, 2019

  Greetings friends and family! I’m getting this one in just under the wire, as 2019 slows to a halt. It’s extra chilly here in the Arizona desert, and we are enjoying rare views of snow on far away mountains and treasured time with cousins. I had every intention this year of sending a real letter, […]


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Retail Therapy

posted Monday July 29th, 2019

  If you ask the thermometer on my car dashboard, summer is in full swing. But Sophie goes back to school next week so we’ve been washing backpacks, shopping for highlighters and generally returning to reality after several weeks of travel. Last week the girls and I dragged ourselves away from the beach, moving slowly […]


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“Forever Intertwined”

posted Tuesday June 25th, 2019

  Today we have a guest post from one of my favorite writing students, Anita Whitely. For her final project in “Mapping Your Memoir,” a class I teach at Phoenix College, Anita wrote a letter. I won’t say anything more — except thank you, Anita. I have learned so much from you.   I am a […]


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Advice for the Graduate

posted Friday May 31st, 2019

Dear Annabelle, Today you graduate from high school. You were born such an old soul, so to me, these rituals feel a little funny. And a little sad, because this means you will “leave leave” soon, as one mom (whose kid is staying in town for college) put it to me last night at your […]


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Sixteen Candles for Sophie

posted Tuesday May 21st, 2019

Fifty people packed into my kitchen, drinks in hand, ready for cake. I glanced around and realized I hadn’t seen the guest of honor for at least half an hour. The back door opened and someone called, “Hey, Sophie’s ready for her entrance.” I looked outside and there she was, standing in the driveway, waiting to […]


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Lunch Box Excavation

posted Tuesday April 30th, 2019

    Packing lunches this morning, I dumped the contents of Sophie’s bag onto the kitchen table — the only good and fast way to get rid of the loose goldfish crackers roaming around in there. As usual, her calculator was there, too, as well as her school ID and about a dozen mechanical pencils, […]


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      Dear Dax: More than anything, this is a piece of fan mail. I hope you consider it as such. I know it probably won’t make its way to you, but social media is so weird and connective that I guess there’s a chance it will. I hope it does. I love your […]


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