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Action

What concerns me most about the Stanford rape case: it is but one. It is but one of many, many horrible scenarios that occur on campuses and elsewhere in a culture that does not protect its women. Usually, bicyclists don't catch the rapist in action....

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Happy P.O.’d Monday, Mamas!

***THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY. BUT, IF YOU DON'T LIKE SARCASM, DON'T READ IT: YOU WON'T FIND IT FUNNY. SARCASM IS MEAN TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T SPEAK SARCASM. WE SPEAK SARCASM AS A FLUENT SECOND LANGUAGE IN OUR HOME AND SO IT WAS/IS FUNNY...

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Never Too Late

A dear reader asked if I had any words for her friend who will be celebrating her 70th birthday next week. I went back and found this piece, which I wrote as a 36-year-old. This reader, who is already 70, said it was perfect and...

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To Plant Something Good Anywhere

For all of the hate, there is this love. For all of the anger, this contentment. For all of the despair, this hope. This is as real as all of that. Each of us, to some extent, lives in a bubble of our own making. It gets punctured from...

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Everyday

Two hand-done pieces on marbleized paper (I did the marbleization with nail polish!) that were just sent out. "Where there is light, there is hope. And so, everyday the sun comes up and its rays say to you, 'Hello again! Hope is here!'" Every darn day - even when we can't exactly...

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Love

At first, I fell. Into my husband's eyes and his heart. Now, though, I often forget the falling. I know he does, too. That was a lifetime ago - three lifetimes ago, actually. We work to love, not because it is hard to do (though...

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Wander the World

We spent the past week in the Bay Area. While my husband worked in the city, I worked my way across the city as tour guide with our three kids. It was a whirlwind. I am significantly outnumbered, namely with a two-year-old whose greatest skills...

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Guns

Every day in Illinois, some of us get cold little shivers up our spines when we open doors that have stickers like this one on them. Many times, we are dropping off our children at their schools or daycares, their ballet classes or basketball games...

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In the Blur

Is it blurry where you are, too? It is a little bit here. I don't know if it's because of how fast everything is moving or because of some old tears in our eyes; it was a hard month. Everyone is just fine; of course...

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Dancing Circles Around Us

We buried their grandma yesterday. We all feel hung over from grief, from happiness, from family, from life, from death, from not enough sleep, from everyone being way too sick way too many times over the past month. We are just so much fun to...

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