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Finding Ruby

It’s been easy in the past. So simple, in fact, that years in a row my getting out of the truck has been a mere formality to cutting down the family Christmas tree.  The rogue fir trees that lined my in-laws’ driveway seemed to wait in single file for us each December as we pulled up […]

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The Gift of Light

It happened in our neighborhood–that thing we think happens just in other neighborhoods, in other towns, in big cities with big buildings and in the pages of a book.  Things we only read about. Only we woke to broken outdoor lights. Smashed in by someone less happy than ourselves, someone looking for a flicker of joy in […]

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When the Night is Silent

We had stopped flinching when it got too quiet. We’d kept sprinting to the sound of no noise, and the kid was either playing with Legos or in the coat closet on his typewriter. And so last night when too little noise was happening, no one threw down the book he’d almost started reading and asked between […]

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It Was Merry

Before the wrapping on a single gift was shredded and chucked, my heart was full. This last week had been a sketchy one with crumbling health and too little sleep for the weary. At which time I realized I wanted nothing…needed nothing…hoped for nothing but my kids to rise from their covers alive. When my […]

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Choosing Joy

It started last Monday with our daughter. The one who couldn’t get warm. The one who then got too warm bundled in bed and who screamed with fever such that I covered twenty feet in a single step when I flung myself to her bedside. “It was okay,” I told her. “Mommy was here.” Still […]

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The Wrapper

About this time yesterday, our son was alone. In the living room. For ten minutes. Alone with his Christmas presents, the rest of a roll of blue masking tape, a wad of rubber bands and a black Sharpie. At which time he rigged his present pile such that he could drag the thing down the hallway […]

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How it Went Down

Picked a winner. Dressed it up. Snapped two still peeps. Twice. Found the flash. Caught the love.

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The Faces of Christmas

We’d hardly parked in my in-laws driveway when the kid who flew over his handlebars the afternoon before–the kid with five band aids on his face–sprung from his seat in his Christmas duds. It was when I turned to smooth his collar that I even noticed a wooden match taped to his vest. A match. […]

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For The Man In Her Life

Our daughter had a gift for her dad.  At which time she handed him two sheets of green typing paper stapled four hundred times around the edges and then dizzied herself around the living room like a balloon losing air. “Open it now, dad,” she begged. “It’s just what you’ve always wanted.” My husband raised […]

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Because Sometimes the Holidays Hurt

Depression. They’ve got drugs for that.  Drugs to get you over the edge.  Drugs to make you appear normal when inside ain’t nothing normal going on. Drugs to change reality to something more manageable. Drugs to cope.  Drugs to pretend you’re coping. Not that these are the answer. Seven years ago after the birth of […]

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