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My faith tradition teaches me that one of the most important acts of charity that I can give to another human being is to acknowledge and honor his or her presence in my world. When another person greets me with 'peace,' I'm encouraged to elevate that salutation with 'peace and mercy' or in some cases offer my highest wishes of 'peace, mercy and blessings.' But this post isn't about religion. It's about the fact that…

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The first sound I hear this morning is my husband hitting the snooze button. The second sound is the frantic shriek of a child who waited too long -  " MOM! I peeeeed! Chaaaange me!" And that was me, clocking back in. It's a glamorous life. Nimble fingers, even when drowsy. I actually woke up around the time where I realized I had changed him into new pajamas rather than real pants. This happens more often than…

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Filed under: Family, Motherhood
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Posted on Jun 5th

Claire de Lune. Our wedding song doubles as their lullaby. Quiet and slow, with depth and meaning.

In this moment, I look nothing like I did on my wedding day. Today I'm completely used…

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Filed under: Marriage, Motherhood
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Posted on Jun 4th

I was born in 1982. I am 30 years old. That means I straddle the millennial/gen-x continuum. It also means that when I left the workforce at age 26 to have my first son, my friends…

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Filed under: Elsewhere, Nesting
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Posted on Jun 3rd

I don't believe in the old 'sticks and stones' adage. I am convinced that words are the most powerful tool in the human repertoire. I would think that. After all, I'm a writer. I've seen words…

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Filed under: Parenting
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Posted on May 30th

Opening the cabin on Memorial Day is a Minnesota tradition that my family has been participating in since the early 1900s. Our cars line up on highway 35 with hundreds of other privileged families to…

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Filed under: Family, Local
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