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The Closeness That Does You In

This essay was published in the Johns Hopkins Mass Ave Review many years ago. I'm posting a shortened version today because it's the first day of school and in my current empty nest life, it still feels right. Through the month of August, I listened to moms count down to the first day of school.… Continue reading The Closeness That Does You In


Just Like Me but Better

While visiting my mom recently, I said, “Mom, remember when you used to say, ‘I hope you have a daughter just like you?’ In case you haven’t figured it out by now, your wish came true.” My 18-year old daughter Annie is so much like me it’s scary. I realized how much Annie is like… Continue reading Just Like Me but Better


Things you don’t say…

My oldest daughter just turned 21 years old. She is home for the summer working to bulk up her bank account after draining it with a semester abroad in London with side trips all around Europe. (Oh, to casually say, “When I lived in Europe…”) I’ve noticed a new maturity about her since she came… Continue reading Things you don’t say…