Mary Mother of Jesus in a Wheelchair

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According to "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Mary should be played by a beautiful blond girl with Vaseline on her eyelashes to make them stand out (gotta love the whitewashing of our Middle Eastern religious …

Family

December 18 2014

Like a Pretend Mother

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We are bathed in the halo of a nightlight. It's just enough to make out the features of his face and how close he is to sleep. He's been fed and nourished and now the …

Family

December 17 2014

Owning the New Picture

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I'm the first one to tell you that I'm not, nor will I ever be a "homeschooling mama". I don't think I have the drive to spend hours studying to make a lesson plan or …

When Children Appear (as Grown-ups)

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During the hurried disquiet commonly referred to as “The Holidays,” the spinning seems relentless. But every now and then—especially when we least expect it—the world slows. Or, appears to slow. Either way, it allows us …

A Single Parent Christmas

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When my daughter was two, just months after the ink was dripped onto divorce papers and our home was quieted down after years of chaos, I faced my first Christmas as a single mother. I …

Because the Moon Can See the Sun (And Other Reasons Not To Be Afraid)

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"Mommy, is the moon on fire, like the sun?" That's my middle daughter, talking. "Nope. It's just a big rock." We're on the way to the bathroom, as we always are at bedtime. We live in …

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