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Me and my momma. 1977

Me and my mother, 1977. Old Orchard Beach, Maine. In this photo, my mother is only 22 years old. We are at an amusement park at the beach – in one of those photo booths. I don’t remember much about this day, since I was just three years old. But I wish I could remember […]

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New for 2017: Artwork featuring my writing

Here’s some exciting news for 2017. Now you can buy artwork and merchandise with my writing on it. Thank you to the artist, Lori Soucie, for featuring my words on her images, which are gorgeous and mesmerizing and inspired largely by nature. The first image is called Faith, and it’s all about trusting your choices. […]

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There is always love

Christmas is a really difficult time for me. Every year, I have these weird flashbacks to the first holiday during divorce – wandering the mall with a two-year-old, trying to figure out how to be festive for a toddler, wrangling a giant blue spruce into the living room when all I really wanted to do […]

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That crazy thing? Do it.

You know that crazy thing you’re thinking about doing? Call me. Because I’m going to tell you to do it. Six years ago this week, Angie and I sold everything we owned and got on a plane to Los Angeles. Everything I never knew I wanted was on the other side of that decision. New […]

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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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