Miracles Take a Little Time

Even miracles take a little time. ~ The Fairy Godmother In 2008 I attended a reunion of my mother’s family. While there I heard stories from my mother’s cousins about their grandmother, my great-grandmother, Beatrice Rains. Growing up I had often heard the stories of her legendary discipline and talents from my mother. Trained as

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Molasses and Straw

On Sunday two of my best girlfriends and their children gather at my home for the Seahawks game. There are five little girls between us. Five, not four, as we had the year before. Since last football season Julia* has found a new love. With this man made of gentleness and warmth, this man man

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Hope and a Full-length Mirror

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all -” Emily Dickinson Tuesday afternoon I dress for a coffee date with a man. It’s a first date, if you can call it that, as I’ve never met

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Love In These Uncertain Times

Monday I sit in the lobby of the Honda dealership, waiting for my car. A flat tire has delayed writing for the day. I’ve brought a book to read and a yogurt to eat but find I’m distracted by a young father and his two little girls, a baby feeding from a bottle and an

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And What of Hope?

Monday I wake to the sound of rain hitting the roof. I stay in bed for a moment, the familiar sound a comfort like my daughters’ laughter or my mother’s voice. The cats are nestled near my feet, purring, like guitar strums to the rain’s drum. Emerson slumbers still, having made her way into my

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When Are You Leaving?

My writer soulmate, Will North, was generous enough to guest blog for me this week. You can find his beautiful love stories, along with the first mystery in his new series, on Amazon. He’s an exceptional writer with a huge heart, which shows in his work. Enjoy. ** When Are You Leaving? I first got

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Lopez!

Lopez! We text one another off and on over the last few months. Lopez! It sums up hope, joy, anticipation. Natalie and Teri and Tess – best friends since the early nineties. Between us there are three divorces, four weddings, two children, too many plays to count and hours and hours of laughter. We knew

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Embracing the hash tag

I spent the early morning watching the sun come up over the Cascades and sipping coffee, feeling depleted and exhausted despite it only being Tuesday. Sometimes when I feel this way it helps to write out goals for the days and months to come. For any of you who know me well, I am focused

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The Bus Windows are Dark

“You are the burden of my generation I sure do love you But let’s get that straight” Paul Simon, That Was Your Mother The Wednesday after Labor Day, I watch as Ella unlatches the gate and waves goodbye. My oldest baby is off to sixth grade. Blocks down the street she will board a school

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Tattoos on our Hearts

I was asked to give the guest speaker  address at my daughter’s swim team banquet last night. Although humbled and honored to be asked, I was scared to speak to such a large crowd and afraid to embarrass myself in front of my community. But fear is the opposite of love so I did it

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