You know your almost 12-year-old daughter is young-minded when:

Her jeans have holes in the knees She has no desire to babysit anything that doesn't have 6 nipples and fur She still thinks her naked body won't disturb the rest of the family She plays with her friends, not hangs out Make-up makes her feel ridiculous Her best friendships have nothing to do with…

Bird is the word

We are having a festival of birds at our house right now. Three families nesting outside, a resident woodpecker and two parrots inside. The berries bring the cardinals, babes in the nest have the jays swooping over. Finches look to be in love. I have grown intimate with our little green cheek and forget that…

Good Day

Today was a beautiful day. It was the first day I've seen in color for a very long time. I could give long details about my son's amazing field trip with his class or the weather that turned unexpectedly delightful. A good morning with the kids. No dull headaches. But I know in my secret…

Written by Patty Griffin (God’s gift to me)

This was my favorite song in 1996. It was the year I was married. It haunted me and made an indellable mark on my soul. I remember sitting on the floor of the spare bedroom Indian style devouring every word over and over for hours. For some reason this album was a very personal and…

Who do YOU belong to?

Recently I've been analyzing the allegiances people have with one another. I find it curious how some bonds can be fiercely strong between those of seperate families of origin, and some are directly linked the people we share DNA with. Usually it's uncommon to see people with tight family circles ever get too close to…

Favorite

He is soft. He is faded. He smells like the boy who loves him. He is Favorite. This morning I found my son sleeping with his little sis in the big Sis's loft. I crept up there quietly to rub backs and steal kisses and wake them for the day, and as I approached my…