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Education of a Vacation

“You’re not getting food until the pillow is back on the couch.” My husband stands at the refrigerator in our beach rental. “YOU’RE NOT GETTING FOOD UNTIL THE PILLOW IS BACK ON THE COUCH,” my five-year-son repeats back. My husband looks back … Continue reading

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These Hours

I asked if she did her homework. It was close to bedtime. “Yes, I did.” “All of it?” “Yes.” “I didn’t see you do it.” “Because you’re always on the computer.” Or looking at my phone. It’s the truth. I admitted … Continue reading

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Little Notes

I blame my husband. He started them thinking about the notes. One afternoon my four year old girl asked why I hadn’t put a note in her lunch. “What?” “Daddy puts notes in our lunch.” He’d been leaving notes on … Continue reading

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Getting the Unexpected at a Parent-Teacher Meeting

The hallway outside my oldest daughter’s first grade classroom is wallpapered with the children’s colorful work. I am waiting with other parents for our “parent teacher conference,” our ten minutes to learn how our child is adjusting. This year, I … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Change

Tonight while reading her book for school, Dancing Dinosaurs, my first grader asks how people came to be. Last week, we watched the short introductory film at the American Museum of Natural History explaining the common origins for all vertebrates. … Continue reading

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Upon a Spotted World

There are the days I retreat. Those days I am particularly sad and feel raw to the world. A high didn’t last; I let myself down; someone did something so much better than I did, or would, or thought of … Continue reading

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When You Least Expect

I sat in the playground this afternoon while Henry and Molly played, reading a new parenting book. The methods and message of the book contrast greatly with how I have been parenting. And that is the point of my reading this … Continue reading

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Variations on a Theme: Summer

“Thank you my life long afternoon…” From Variation on a Theme by W.S. Merwin “Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.” From Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams by Kenneth Koch Summer’s great, right? Ah, … Continue reading

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Have You Ever Been Happy?

I would not say I am a happy person. By nature or by defect, I am often depressed and moody. And it is by knowing the darkness that I can experience its absence with pure appreciation. There is an almost … Continue reading

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Vacation: Myths and Facts

I write to you from the picturesque village of Westhampton Beach. We are sharing a house with my family for the week of July 4th. Months ago, I began the search for a house we could share for our summer … Continue reading

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