There goes my heart…

When my first son, Kevin, was born, I received one of those “page-a-day” calendars with sayings for new mothers. The one that has stayed with me all these years is a quote from Elizabeth Stone: “Making the decision to have a child…is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”…

Butterflies

When I was much younger, my family would come to Marietta from Tennessee to see my dad’s sister and her eight children. It was such a great time for me. I loved their big family, and the craziness that was always going on. One of my cousins, who was three years older and whom I…

The Respite I Owe You

Welcome to a new day! The news would have us believe that the world is on fire and there is terror and despair in every corner. This is not true. It has never been true. The world is a wonderful, beautiful place, and there are far more good people than bad. I sat in the…

Meditation

A friend has recently begun blogging, and I have read her words with joy and amazement. She has revealed aspects of herself that I never suspected because she is so quiet and reserved in person. She has inspired me to share some things that I have hesitated to share before. First and foremost, I must say…

Love

My conversations with my boys have taken a more philosophical tone this year, and they have covered ideas from what it means to be human to the nature of truth. We agree on many things but on many others we do not. One thing we cannot agree on is the nature of love. They hold that…