Paper Sam and the Power of Words

The trainer pulled out a plain white piece of paper. On the paper was a simple drawing of a face: two dot eyes and a single line upturned to symbolize a smile....more

A Pack of Potential and a Cute Pair of Shoes

We are packing our fourth child, a daughter, off to college. She is a petite 4 feet 11 1/2 inch package of cuteness, wits and energy.When Stefanie was born she came into the world smiling with the attitude "World, I will love you and you? You will love me!" and that pretty much sums it up....more

Moms & Babes - The First 1000 Days

Every day I wake up and I know my children have enough to eat. It's always been that way. When I lived in Chicago with a new-born baby, breastfeeding for the first time, I would wake up and have a nutritious breakfast, full of protein and the calories necessary for my baby to thrive. When we lived in Pakistan, a land where the average daily wage is three dollars and fifty cents and poverty inescapable, my children were well nourished babies and toddlers. Egypt was the same....more

To the Man who Made Me a Better Woman

Last night we celebrated our 28th Wedding Anniversary. We went to a fancy French restaurant called Bistro du Midi and ordered foods that we can't pronounce; things like "Coral Infused Tagliatelle" and "Gratin Dauphinois". And it was wonderful.We laughed and talked and ate. And then we laughed, talked and ate more. It's that one night of the year where we are guaranteed freedom from the worry of time, money and stress - we simply enjoy....more
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It Was an Old Love

It was an old love.I don't know how I knew it. I just did.Maybe it was the way they held hands, less with a spark and more with a sense that their hands belonged together, that to separate them would be like severing a vital organ. Or maybe it was the way his arm went protectively around her as they left the subway station and walked up crowded stairs, holding firm against the onslaught of bodies that bumped and jostled....more

"What's Mom Doing in My Mirror?!"

I sleepily walked into the bathroom, tired from an Easter weekend filled with chocolate and relatives....more