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Why I Just Can’t Quit My Minivan

We suburban parents have something in common with a famous American icon. Because whether you’re fighting outlaws in the wild west or the Costco parking lot, everyone needs a trusty steed. The Lone Ranger had Silver; we have Burgundy. Ok, his was a horse, ours is a minivan. But still. According to lore (the old-fashioned word for Wikipedia), the Lone […]

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My Mother and I

For Mother’s Day: Writers I Love

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share works from three wonderful writers. The first is a passage from Irish author Nuala O’Faolain’s My Dream of You. The people I know who are very well, this is what must have happened to them. Their mothers must have led them forward into the world. The mother […]

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My Hobbit Journal. I may have been 12.

Let Weirdness Reign

So in honor of one weird week, I wrote one of my odder guest posts. It’s like a “you got peanut butter in my chocolate” moment, except my Sundance Catalog got in some Hobbit movies. The catalog, if you didn’t know, is a Robert Redford product that offers the ageless adventurer clothing and jewelry so free-spirited your Amex […]

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My mother's African cloth. Purchased in Nigeria, 1962.

What Nigerian Girls Wear

When I was a child, Nigeria meant stacks of cloth in my mother’s closet. My mother is not African. She’s of Welsh-Irish-Assorted ancestry; most of her early life was spent in St. Louis. Her first international trip was a big one. She was 22 in 1962; one of the early waves of Peace Corps volunteers eager […]

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Colorado, last leg on amazing trip. Kids fought all the way up the mountain over music choices. There's your grey.

My 2014 Holiday Letter: It’s Complicated

Dear all- The card’s in the mail, the holiday letter’s on the blog. Ah yes, 2014. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….no, been used. And truly, that doesn’t cut it. Because while we all experience bests and worsts, they’re rarely just that, right? Life is complicated. There’s all kinds of shades of […]

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