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A Room of One's Own

I’m writing from the eaves of the in-laws’ farmhouse in the middle of nowhere in rural France. Sunlight is pouring in from the mosquito netted windows where the shutters, traditional of the region, have been flung open against the two foot thick walls. 618 more words

Talking To Children

A Palpable Difference

The last few weeks I have noticed a significant change in my relationship with my daughter. I don’t really know how or when it happened but it is palpably different. 438 more words


Flight Patterns: Three dispatches from the emptying nest

I. Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple

This essay was posted on The Mid on July 14, 2015.

When my oldest left for college a few years ago, it was a pretty seamless departure. 2,648 more words

Children Growing Up

Please and Thank-You!

It really shouldn’t be that hard.

Teaching a child to say “please” and “thank you”.

But evidently it is a bit difficult for some parents. Or they were not taught to do it themselves. 323 more words

Bye, Bye Baby

I walked into my home the other day greeted by the following words from my wife, “Claire is too big to stay in her crib. We need to move her to a toddler bed.” I was puzzled at first. 404 more words


Surviving Motherhood

There is nothing quite like a mother’s love, is there. It is thought to be of the unconditional variety. I suppose that is where the old saying, “A face only a mother could love,” comes from. 672 more words

What's On My Mind


When my girls were born, I would often look at them and wonder…

What will they look like when they have hair?

What will they look like when they have teeth? 156 more words