Learning to Accept That "No" Is a Complete Sentence

"No" is a complete sentence. That line used to drive me crazy when my kids were little. Remember those days when every request, every plea, every last ounce of your mommy-breath received a "no"? Do you remember their determined little faces, squeezed into such ferociousness, fists in the air? ...more
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Better Days: An ALS Documentary

Do you remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Last summer, millions and millions of people jumped at the chance to dump ice chests, buckets and barrels of ice cold water on themselves, and then challenge their friends to do the same. Social media was saturated with photos, videos and testimonials ....more

Kindness Matters

Six months ago, I wrote an essay about my son’s injury at Mt. Hood. I called it “Broken”, and you can read the original piece here ....more

Real Love In Real Life

I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey or any of the sequels. I don’t plan on seeing the movie, and I’m getting tired of all the media hype. Watching women coo and drool and act like what is depicted on those pages and projected on the screen...more

A Long-Ago Valentine’s Day

View image | gettyimages.com My sweet husband and I have been together for just short of 30 years…it’s kind of amazing, isn’t it? We met when we were just out of high school, and have weathered life from punks to parenthood. You don’t manage to stay with the same partner without learning a few […] The post A Long-Ago Valentine’s Day appeared first on mamawolfe ....more

Beginning of a Great Adventure

There’s a big change going on in my writing world, the beginning of a great adventure. And it’s all happening on top of itself, rolling into each other like dominos. It feels exciting, unsettling, and makes me tremble just a little bit ....more

The Right To Die

In 2011, two of my friends were diagnosed with brain cancer. One died six months later. One is still living ....more

Please, Don’t Go Outside

“…the border between the Inside and the Outside wasn’t as impermeable as she liked to believe, and he knew that sooner or later, the Outside would want in.” ~from If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie Today I planted tulips and pansies Outside, yanking out the weeds and cutting back debris I’d left since August. It was wet and grey and the grass came out in clumps, snuff-colored soil and worms clinging to the roots. This is optimistic, I think, planning for the spring ....more

Can You See Me Aging?

Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan It’s a winter Saturday morning, dreary and grey and bare. Outside my window I look down on my garden; the trees bare, branches arcing and cascading with delicate, raw beauty ....more