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In Memory of Ken’s Dad

Last night, I slept a cold, black sleep–that hard, dreamless sleep that comes with an exhausted mind and body.  When I woke, I was surprised to find that my kids (who’ve been melting down left and right these past few weeks) seemed to have morphed back into their regular old calm and happy selves.  I […]

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This One’s for Ken

One step forward, 18 steps back.  Ken’s about to fly to California for the second time this week because his dad, who’s been fighting cancer for the past year, is quickly declining.  While he was gone earlier this week, my mom fell and broke her hip, which (with its major surgery, rehab and long recovery […]

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Parental Failure #46

(Part 2 of a 3-part series) So now that I’ve talked about the not-so-clear link between money and happiness, let me show you how badly I’ve blown it as a parent.  Especially in terms of teaching any lessons of value to my kids. Because what’s really gotten me all worked up around here is the […]

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

We’ve spent the last week traveling around Colorado with friends.  Here’s a brief slideshow from our week.     The good: Nico and Gabriel on their first fishing adventure.           The bad(ass): Gabriel near the top of Rocky Mountain National Park wearing knee pads and elbow pads, just in case he’s […]

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And the Results Are In

Remember that week-long experiment about the power of positive thinking?  Here’s how it panned out: On the days I was able to maintain my new can-do attitude, life was easier, not to mention way more fun. My interactions with others were way more positive. My writing and teaching were more focused and effective. Family life […]

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A Beautiful Day

A friend emailed to say she was going to start a gratitude journal after I posted my Positive Thinking For One Week Only! special.  This is an exercise I usually assign in my writing classes (every day, jot down at least 3 things you’re grateful for, and keep going for one week), and I love […]

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Highlights from My Week

Nico: “I have so much love I could flood the whole city!” This amazing photo by my friend Sarah McLaughlin. Our latest house-hold motto: All sports, all the time. Gabriel singing “This is No Ordinary Love” by Sade after we heard it blasting at the local diner and I started sillily singing it to him.  […]

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