Tag Archives: compassion

RESOLVE: (noun) firm determination to do something

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[Tweet “resolve with love and grit”] I dislike resolution lists. But every single year I compose a list of all the grand To Do’s that I am convinced will make me a better person. I can tick off the usual suspects lose weight, quit drinking, don’t swear, volunteer more, organize my house, take up whatever […]

Why motherhood will never not be a contradiction

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[Tweet “HOUSE GUEST: EMILY BALLARD Why Motherhood Will Never Not Be A Contradiction”] If ever there was a woman who writes as honestly as I wish I could it is THIS woman, Emily Ballard. Her words fill my head with visuals so lovely and so densely filled with life that I sometimes find myself inspired to tears. Her […]

The reason I didn’t cry when I took my son to Pre-K

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[Tweet “HOUSE GUEST: The Reason I Didn’t Cry When I Took My Son To Pre-K”] HOUSE GUEST: Jennifer Adams Collins from GRACEFUL MESS! I am so pleased to introduce a friend of mine from the Bangor Daily News, Jennifer Adams Collins, the voice behind the marvelous, Graceful Mess. Her blog chronicles her adventures as a working mother. Her writing […]

An open letter to the nurses at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center

Dear Nursing Staff, You know my son. He is four and already a bit of a Casanova. Today he paid you a visit to be treated for his bleeding disorder and he brought you daffodils that he picked himself. He limped around the children’s floor handing out flowers and sass. More than a few of […]

Housewife Plus

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Two years ago I finished graduate school and earned my MFA. During the final push to get my thesis completed I felt important and intensely smart. In fact, in those final months before commencement I believe I was probably the smartest that I’ll ever be. And then in one moment my role as a modern […]

DIY Miracle Diet Makeover Plan

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BZZ! BZZ! BZZ! The alarm was going off, but I couldn’t find it so that I could catapult it across the room. I was exhausted from spending the night sleeping in fits and starts. With my hair matted to the side of my grouchy face and my eyes semi-sealed shut from feebleness, I rolled out of […]