Second Best

I was out walking my dog last summer.  It was one of those muggy Michigan July days; my long blonde hair piled up in a messy bun so that it didn’t stick to my back and there was just enough of a breeze to cause the edges of my sundress to flutter.  A Range Rover […]

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One Left The Nest

My eldest son just graduated from the University of Michigan.  It is a bittersweet moment; on the one hand I am beaming with pride that he graduated from my alma mater and is heading out into the world to make his mark.  But, I also feel a little lost knowing my role as mother has […]

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It All Comes Crashing Down

As I gazed in the mirror the other morning all I could see was the zit erupting in the crevice where my nose meets my cheek.  Of course!  My skin has a knack for knowing exactly when I’m going on vacation or headed to a special event and often blesses me with these unfortunate gifts.  […]

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Cooking Is Everything

My mom tells me that I’ve been cooking since I was four.  I don’t really remember when I first started cooking, but there are pictures that serve as memories. Kodacolor prints of a pig-tailed me, standing on a chair pushed against the kitchen counter with one of my mom’s aprons folded and wrapped around my […]

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The Humble Brag

I absolutely love when memories pop up in my Facebook feed–a picture of my now 16-year old son from a decade ago, front teeth missing, ice cream dripping down his chin; a video of my beloved husky that passed away four years ago rollicking in the snow; an image of the last Christmas my grandpa […]

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The diagnosis was grim—gremlins. I had gremlins. Not the adorable, fictional Mogwai that when fed after midnight turned into the sharp-toothed lizards of our ‘80s nightmares. Instead, I had figurative gremlins running around in my head, wrecking havoc, whispering words of failure, and offering sharp words of criticism. Gremlins snuff out dreams; they lie to […]

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