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A poem for moms

You are You are the morning wake-up call – the egg scrambler the chocolate milk mixer the ponytail maker the missing sneaker finder. You are the personal chef – the cookie baker the lunchbox packer the mac and cheese expert the midnight snack assembler. You are the labor pool – the play-date planner the crossing […]

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How to help single moms this Mothers Day

Know a single mom who needs a break this holiday? Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s your best friend or your sister. Maybe it’s the woman who lives in your building, who you don’t even know that well – yet. Here’s a contest. Let her know that you are thinking about her, that you see how […]

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Write Now.

Last week at AWP, a national conference for about 15,000 writers, a very well-known author told a single mother/struggling writer in the audience (whose baby was sleeping in a stroller next to her) that she could put pen to paper later, that now was the time to spend with her baby because these years are […]

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Nerve

If I run my fingertips along the outside of my left thigh, the feeling there is dull and numbed, more irritating than soothing. The sensation contains an eerie kind of distance, as though I were touching my own body through layers and layers of cloth. It’s been that way since I was pregnant, when the […]

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Single mom. Superhero.

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Buon Natale

This photo popped up on my Facebook page the other day. It’s from six years ago, during Angie’s and my first Christmas in our own apartment. I wasn’t ready to look at it then, and I’m not sure I’m completely ready now, but after a few days of mulling it over, I can see the […]

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Pushcart nomination

This week brought news of a Pushcart Prize nomination, my first. The nomination is for a collage/lyrical essay titled “Sand Dollars,” which took about three years to write and appeared in Hippocampus Magazine in March 2015. It’s always been a secret dream of mine to be nominated for a Pushcart. Winning doesn’t even matter really […]

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Not a day goes by.

Seven years ago, I had a whole different life. I had a house and a family. I had a plan for the future. I had a sense of purpose and identity. And then one day, it was all gone. Gone. It happened so fast that I wondered how much of it had been mine to […]

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Letting Go

This morning’s yoga class was very challenging – the kind of class where you think, oh shit, this might have been a bad idea. This might have been too much. In some of the more difficult poses, as my breath quickened and my mind raced to all the other things I could have been doing […]

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Kicking Up

Lately, in my yoga practice, I’ve been working on handstand, which happens to be my second-least favorite asana (first is wheel). Handstand, or adho mukha vrksasana in sanskrit, is scary and requires lots of arm strength and abdominal control. You literally turn the world upside down. Whenever the teacher makes us do it, I grumble […]

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