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Cheap Dates

Cheap Dates

This article, 102 Things to Do on a Money-Free Weekend, inspired me to share our Date Jar. Our Date Jar doesn’t have everything in it like this list does. I guess I could also include Reorganizing The Garage on here, which might be relaxing to some, but since I’m dreadfully allergic to dust it’d be more like, […]

Doing Things at Which You Suck

Doing Things at Which You Suck

My youngest plays softball. Today she expressed some frustration with it– actually directed at herself. She’s not that good at it, she told me; it’s causing her anxiety. (yeah, she actually did use the word anxiety). I encouraged her to keep doing it. “You may not be the best one on your team, but that’s […]

The Absolutely Definitive Answer to H...

The Absolutely Definitive Answer to How Many Children You Should Have

The Absolutely Definitive Answer to How Many Children You Should Have Have you been wondering how many kids you should have? Have you read article after article telling you you’re selfish if you have one, you’re crazy if you have more than two? Have you been spotting endless Dear Abbys and Dear Prudences asking HOW […]

Super Strange True Christmas Voicemai...

Super Strange True Christmas Voicemail

I forgot about this, but last Christmas, Cadillac got a strange voicemail from a restricted number. Was it a singing Christmas-gram? Was it meant for a kid? (Soooo scary if so). Who knows? Anyway. Now you can experience my little nightmare, too.

Introvert Parent, Extrovert Kid

Introvert Parent, Extrovert Kid

I’m a writer, with naturally introverted tendencies. Sure, I can call out my extrovert once in a while when I’m speaking in public (which I actually enjoy!) or whatnot. But generally, I fritz out when there’s too much activity. Right now, my kids are at three different schools, and just driving and doing the basics […]

An Introduction to Grief

An Introduction to Grief

This is an essay I wrote a few years ago. My then-editor and I had talked about finding it a home someplace, so she asked me to pull it from my blog, but nothing came of it. I saw it in my “unpublished” folder and decided to re-publish it today. — My husband cannot cry. […]

Dear Ally, a Story. Chapter 1

Dear Ally, a Story. Chapter 1

Dear Ally, a Story My daughter is a fairly prolific writer for an 8 year old. Here’s the first chapter of a book she wrote last fall, called Dear Ally. ( Ally is supposed to be read as “allie.”) It’s about a girl named Emily who moves to Arizona and writes to her friend from […]

Looking for Bruce Lee’s Grave

Looking for Bruce Lee’s Grave

For my birthday, he promised to take me out. I said I would like a romantic dinner, and he said he knew of a place someone had talked about.

But first, he had a surprise for me in the afternoon. “You’ll love it,” he said, and we drove up to Seattle. I wondered where he was taking me. The Space Needle? We’d only walked around the outside. We could be going anywhere. There were so many places we hadn’t been.

2014: In Which Margaret Dilloway is R...

2014: In which Margaret Dilloway is Rebuilt. Better, Stronger, Faster If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll notice I’ve had a rather unfortunate spate of having to go see doctors lately. Well, hopefully it will all be fortunate in the end; in the meantime, it’s just visit after visit with new visits added (dog spraining […]

10 Things to Know by Age 40

10 Things to Know by Age 40

I have always known That at last I would Take this road, but yesterday I did not know that it would be today. Narihira, 9th century I wrote, “Mom’s 29th birthday” on the calendar for today, but some ungrateful kid crossed it out and put, “40th.” Et tu, brute? I think the youngest did it […]