Me, Emma and Matt in Vacationing in Puerto Rico

Big Love

My mother’s love was big. Rita was the parent waving wildly from the audience a crazy smile whenever I performed in a school play. Sophomore year of high school I messed up my solo in Oklahoma when I saw her waving at me. Other parents sat patiently, their hands in their laps and looked at
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True Grace

We had such sad news this week. My son Matthew’s friend Jason died, a young man we remember best as a sweet and shy seventh grader. To put a positive spin on this would be a crime. He was a boy who struggled, and that is all there is to say. Remarkably, I found a
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Thanksgiving Dinner Outdoors

A Recipe For Thanksgiving

A big comfort-food meal, gathering with gratitude in mind, these are the reasons Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’m not going to say it’s not stressful because it is. You have to make a lot of things—this one’s favorite this, that one’s favorite that. I can’t help but get cranky and high-pitched in the hours
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