My daughter’s ideal family doesn't have me in it.

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Last night, my thirteen-year old daughter showed me a project she'd finished for her Spanish Class.  The teacher asked the students to create an "ideal family tree" that included anyone they wanted as relatives.  They could choose their real family [...]

Three cheers for organized religion. and why you should find your way in, not out.

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Last Saturday morning found me in my standard mode of listening to a podcast while scrubbing down the bathroom.  Although I was in beast-mode cleaning (as my son would say), I paused mid-Windex spray when I heard a friendly woman's voice advertising [...]

I was in a bad mood last night for these three reasons:

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1.  I don't understand WordPress and likely never will. 2.  My niece asked me to take a selfie for her family tree project, and after my fifth attempt I was forced to accept:  this is what I really look like. 3.  I heard [...]

Bella Voce IV, Part II: meeting my Fan. I have one! I have one!

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Meeting Geraldine Brooks was just the beginning.  Last Thursday at Bella Voce, I met---get ready for it---a fan.  As in:  someone who doesn't know me but likes my work.  As in, like, a fan! I've never had a fan before. Sure, since [...]

Bella Voce IV: Meeting Geraldine Brooks Fin. all. y.

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Let's start at the beginning.  Last Thursday morning I woke at 5 a.m. with a beat in my heart and a skip in my step; it was Bella Voce  day!  And not just any ordinary Bella Voce day (although there's no such [...]