the one with wait

the one with wait

[above: Cece's least favorite reason for waiting is that I'm on my phone. What made dogs grumpy before the advent of the smartphone?] When I was 12, I started reading Cosmopolitan magazine. In retrospect, how I managed to convince anyone to buy such junk for me is...

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the one with the rape joke

the one with the rape joke

[above: Graduation 2005 - celebrating those of us who knew how to follow the rules] Choosing to lead a rather isolated life, where I not only work from home but also have a spouse who travels extensively, leaves me with a lot that goes unsaid. Add to that the fact...

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the one with the first puppy

the one with the first puppy

[above: Elly May, our first puppy] I'm sitting in my favorite coffee shop today, away from our house and away from most everything else (goodbye, Facebook notifications, text messages, phone calls, emails. Do Not Disturb me, thankyouverymuch). Today is my birthday,...

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the one with a wedding

the one with a wedding

[above: To get the full effect of this photo, you'll need to put on a fancy dress and go sit in a sauna.] Today I sat on a bench by myself in the middle of the Tennessee woods and watched a lovely girl get married to a kind boy, and I cried. It was a perfectly...

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the one where I stop not having a blog

the one where I stop not having a blog

[above: Me, back in the day, flying from my dad to my uncle. That feeling of falling is almost as satisfying as writing, without the anxiety of the "post" button at the end. Although I don't have to wear diapers now... so I've got that going for me.] Back in the day,...

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the one with the long distance marriage

the one with the long distance marriage

[originally appeared on RoadWidows.com] For the last 12 days, my husband has been on tour out of the country, so I’m pretty deep into missing him. Plus, our anniversary is coming up in a few weeks, so I’ve been thinking a lot about how much my life has changed since I...

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working vacations

working vacations

[Originally posted on RoadWidows.com] Most of my life has been spent in a self-employed environment - between my parents owning a construction company and starting my own consulting business in 2006, I'm used to having a very independent work schedule that is a...

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a poem: some state of wanting

a poem: some state of wanting

No one writes love poems anymore. I mean, tonight I'm texting you emoticons while I drive frantically from one job to another. I'm not chewing thoughtfully on a quill, my inkstained fingers scratching out, rewriting, perfecting couplets by lamplight. Although life...

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a poem: Pompeii, revisited

a poem: Pompeii, revisited

I never traveled far afield like Jennifer did that one time in college so theres no real frame of reference for the news. Pompeii collapsed this morning nothing but dust now. No, really, it means it this time, no teasing remnant of life no ghostly petrifications just...

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a poem: strange brew

a poem: strange brew

As Halloween passed and fall fell You left me again for some far city maybe emerald or steel or some other heady, glinting promise energy lofting skyward the dreams of man progress and potential. You left and I unpacked my lamentations to keep me company. Here in my...

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