"Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name"

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Back in spring of 2014, during those months when I was trying to conceive Jonah, I had a moment in the fertility clinic that I’ve never forgotten. I was sitting in a very crowded waiting area all by myself, anticipating an ultrasound to count the eggs in “my basket.” It was to be my fourth cycle of IUI (intrauterine insemination)–the …

"The art of losing isn't hard to master"

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Friday morning. Early. 4:10am. “Mama!” I jolt awake, knocking into my iPad on the nightstand, which immediately bursts into a blue screen of blinding light. A message box appears: “Update Complete,” it says with a patently Apple bleep. I squint and look away. “Mama!” Jonah calls out again from downstairs. He’s had a rotten cold for days, with a cough that’s …

"Pray God you can cope. I stand outside this woman's work."

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I am either about to be very brave, or very foolish. I’m not sure which, but if it’s a little bit of both, I’ll bet the Italians have a wonderful word for it–for brave fool. A word with just as many “R’s” and vowels, but one that rolls off the tongue with a little more grace and elegance than the …

"Team by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped. Look at that low playing! Fine, then."

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It’s been a while. I know. I had a jolly old piece about “killer trees” prepared to post on the evening of November 7th, but I wanted to give it one more read-through before I sent it out into the world. And then the election happened. Suddenly, I didn’t give a shit about my trees anymore. And I’ve been struggling to show …