Ill-equipped Mother: Why I Don’t Have to Know It All

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She burst through the door, desperate to escape something, tears reddening her eyes. I spun my office chair around in time to see the door slam and catch the scent of sweat and grief. I wasn’t …

How Benedictine spirituality changed the way I mother

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Last spring my first book came out. It’s a memoir about prayer and motherhood and how the Rule of St. Benedict gave me permission to move toward a new sort of relationship with God: one where …

A Mama’s Tug o’ War

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I’m writing from the playroom sofa; it’s 1am. The boys are vomiting in turn, sitting up sad in their matching twin beds, the ones that were bunked in my brother’s room thirty-something years ago. Brother …

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September 17 2014

Keepsake

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When you wake up on a Thursday morning in July, if you happen to be ten years old, the good news is: you will not be going to school. In fact, barring a decent parent’s intervention, …

Family

September 16 2014

Warrior Mom

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He addressed the men. “How many of you feel like warriors? I mean, you would dive over sofas, wielding swords to protect your families, right?” All the men raised their hands. “I mean, women don’t …

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September 15 2014

I Am Placed

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I was caught off guard by how quick and hard the tears came. This moment was weeks in coming, and while I expected there to be some emotions, I didn't expect this. They lodged themselves …

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