Posted in June 2010


Grandpa: She doesn’t get eaten by the eels at this time The Grandson: WHAT?!? Grandpa: The eel doesn’t get her. I’m explaining to you because you look nervous. The Grandson: I wasn’t nervous. Maybe I was a little bit “concerned” but that’s not the same thing. ~ The Princess Bride *** I watched from the … Continue reading

sorting memories

* Memory: a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things. ~ Pierce Harris *** 11:06 p.m. Luau and I have just gotten back from a night out with cousins. Julie’s gone home for the night. I am exhausted. I … Continue reading

circle of gratitude

*** I debated whether or not to post this. It feels somewhat unseemly to pass on someone else’s kind words about oneself. But well, to be honest, I’m proud of it. I’m humbled by it. And I want to share it. With you. You see, you stood right next to me at the podium that … Continue reading

family of god

It is nearly bedtime on the last day of the school year. We are exhausted, but happy. Katie has claimed the comfy chair in the corner of the den. Brooke and I share the love seat. She is nuzzled into the crook of my arm, curled into a ball against my body. The television is … Continue reading

some men run

Luau running the Boston Marathon, 2010 ** As many of you know, my husband runs. A lot. Like Forrest Gump kind of a lot. He runs for his health. He runs for his sanity. He runs because running is where he finds freedom. But this November, he will be running for our children. He will … Continue reading

happy father’s day

** There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.  ~John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a … Continue reading

not enough can be made

* Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck *** Luau was walking across the schoolyard, making his way to the usual spot where we meet the girls at pick-up time. As he forged a diagonal path across the lawn, he noticed the father of … Continue reading

and then some are just plain brilliant (ahem)

Katie and I darted around, across, then back around and back across town last weekend, trying desperately to shorten my to-do list. The conversation started even before we’d pulled out of the garage. “Hey, Mama?” Katie asked from the back seat. “Do you think that you’re smart just because you know a lot of stuff? … Continue reading


The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. ~John E. Southard Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern *** As a co-chair of our town’s first ever Special Education Council Awards Committee, I had the great pleasure of sending notification yesterday to the very … Continue reading