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You, me, and Leigh: What living with my single friend has taught me (and my family) about friendship and unexpected blessings.

    This is my friend, Leigh. She's also my roommate. Today I have a new piece up at For Her about what it's looked like and what I've learned by having a single friend live with me and my family for the past year. Spoiler Alert: I think that when families and single people live together it's good for ...

What I’m Into: M(P)aternity Leave/Ace Edition

[caption id="attachment_9934" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Ace asleep in the cradle my grandfather made me[/caption] So, if I had my stuff together, I’d be adding my voice to Leigh Kramer’s “What I’m Into” blog linkup every month. At the end of the month, like the rest of the fun blogging people I ...

My Summer Away: What We Did

People!!!!! I have missed you. After a summer away from the blog, it's hard to even know where to start with you. So let's just pretend we've run into each other at Trader Joe's and we haven't seen each other for three months.   You: Micha, hey! How are you? How was your summer? Micha: Well. It was good. I ...

Courage to love

The thing about humans is that in order to understand one another, we must sacrifice a bit of ourselves. It's difficult to empathize because to do so is to reject the most self-protective part of our nature. To love is to be vulnerable and vulnerability is a dangerous thing. I get that. You want to know what hurts the most ...

Marriage and the Easy Yoke

[caption id="attachment_4396" align="aligncenter" width="286"] © 2012 Erin Molloy Photography[/caption] “Are you so pissed at your husband for making you move?” The stylist's fingers were moving quick through my hair, applying white and blue chemicals, in effort to sustain my vain pursuit of the blonde strands I grew ...

What’s saving my life this week.

This week my friend Sarah Bessey asked the question at her blog: What’s saving your life right now? [caption id="attachment_4259" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Pawpaw and Memaw, with my aunt Rita in 1947[/caption] Grief is a strange thing, isn’t it? It’s so deep and wild and untamable. And it wakes up whenever it ...

Rivers and Roads: On Saying Goodbye

[caption id="attachment_4245" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Pawpaw and Memaw with August at his first birthday[/caption] I have to leave today. Noon. I’ve packed and planned. It’s been a long visit that coincided with his stroke and I have watched him shrivel. In fact, I’ve watched him shrivel for five years now. ...