This Afternoon, We Let Go This Gorgeous, Naughty Beast.

He was true to his breed and protective but aloof. He kept his nose three inches from my business from the start—my companion through many iterations of me: newlywed, grad student, new mother, expat, soccer mom, and beyond. His loyalty lay with us and maybe one or two others. If he didn’t exactly steal your... Continue Reading →


Struggling, for the Win

“I feel awful!” my nine-year old daughter wailed, throwing herself on the kitchen floor like a dishrag. “Please don’t make me go to school!” Her ailments grew more elaborate each morning that week. “I’m like a woodland spring in a drought!” “I’m a fairy stuck in a flower that won’t bloom!” Then, I found a... Continue Reading →

On the Eve of My Sister’s Wedding

You'll hear a lot about my sister this summer; after all, for several weeks, we're living together with our children, embracing the village life temporarily. (To read the rest of the series, written for Washington Post's On Parenting this summer, see The Village Life, Part I, Village Life, Part II: Specializing by Moment, Village Life, Part III:... Continue Reading →

My Daughter Takes the Lead, Again

“Mom, do you like my recital costume?” my daughter asked, offering a wadded-up ball of tulle for me to admire. We both held our breath hopefully. I unraveled the ensemble from my daughter’s arms and found a neon green leotard attached to a flouncy zebra-print mini skirt. A matching backless halter vest, belted with a... Continue Reading →

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