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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…

Portland Places: Kruger’s Farm Concerts

Isaac and I spent a magical week on the coast of France one summer. If we hadn’t had jobs to return to, we would have stayed, learned French and lived on bread and wine. We posted up in a…

The Who of Summer

The idea of summer evokes a lot of images… all of them include sun, bikinis, cocktails and large bodies of water. And loved ones. Always, loved ones. Because, let’s be honest, most memories aren’t created alone. I recently returned…

Voices from the I-5

I just got back from a five day road trip with my little big girls. Most of our time on the road was spent with them reading books and watching movies while I listened to a long queue of…

Digging for motivation

One of the things that motivates my healthy lifestyle is performance. I love feeling like I CAN, I WILL, I JUST FUGGIN DID! It’s what gets me up at 5am most mornings. It’s what reminds me to give it…

Wildflowers on Mosier Plateau (Go! Now!)

Mother’s Day was a goodie this year. With the wildflowers in full bloom, we headed down the Columbia River Gorge to Mosier. I had heard great things about the wildflowers on the Mosier Plateau, and the experience did not…

Ride Like a Mother

It’s 6:10 am on a Tuesday and I’m riding like a mother. I’m in the communion of a pack of fellow bleary-eyed humans who, like me, have decided to wake up and take charge of their day. We’re bonded…

What I’m reading with my kids

I posted about my reading life a few weeks ago. Reading is a special pastime for me – I see it as a mechanism to deepen my empathy, understanding and perspective. And I believe it has the same power for the…

Becoming: confidence and grace

Most Saturday mornings I get to do my thing. I’m kidless and free to choose the who/what/when/where for a couple of hours. It’s so good. A few weeks ago, I headed out for a hike. It was raining, but not too cold…