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Mantra Monday with Kira

We’re starting something new today. It’s called Mantra Monday. Mantra’s are my jam – because they’re like self-talk on steroids. And girlfriend loves self-talk. So on Mondays, we’ll feature a mantra. I’ll share one of mine soon, but in…

Hello, I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name

“Hello. I love you. Won’t you tell me your name?” It’s been almost two weeks since we met Brother. He came into the world in his own time and was absolutely worth the wait. Technically speaking, my OBGYN gave…

I am still pregnant (what the what?)

“Today! Today is a great day to have a baby!” This is what I’ve thought nearly everyday since September 25th, the first night I had labor pains. Well, it is October 23rd and I have not yet had this…

Setting Inclusive Tables (Anti-Bullying Month)

As a parent, there are certain threats that make me want to gather up my kids and usher them back into the womb. It used to be unfenced pools, jumbo grapes and steep stairs. But, now they swim, chew…

Mach 11 Baby Prep (and some crowdsourcing)

I am in full on baby prep mode and the adrenalin is pumping. This little guy’s arrival is right around the corner and so I’m getting all the possible freaking ducks I can in a row. We’re talking speeds…

Pregnancy through the eyes of my daughters

The most distinct difference of this pregnancy has been my two daughters bearing witness to every single thing. For better or worse. Five and six year olds are curious people, man. My kids aren’t afraid to ask me anything…

Spectacle or Miracle?

“Spectacle or miracle?” That’s the question I find myself asking more and more these days. I’m in my last month of pregnancy and my thoughts shift between, “My body is amazing” and, “This is just ridiculous.” I lose my…

How we relate is who we are

I’ve heard it said, “How we relate to the world around us – to the people around us – is who we are.” That may sound simple, overly simplistic perhaps, but I’m claiming it as truth. Our essence is…

Recent Reads

Let’s start here. The most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of…

Liberate the Summer Vibe

According to some, summer was over before it even started. Back in May, I got an email from our elementary school announcing that the deadline to order school supplies for the 2017/2018 school year was coming up. I stared…