The Lily Pad


Portland, Oregon, USA
June 07
She Who Must Be Obeyed
Yes please! Come on over. We'll have tea.
Mom, editor, writer, wife, traveler, dog owner, laundry wrangler, and superintendent of homework.


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JUNE 24, 2012 10:23PM

Hong Kong Journal: Landing On Our Feet

We’re in Hong Kong.

We spent the first few days rushing around. We have to see the Big Buddha at the Po Lin monastery! So we did. Took the metro to the end of the line, bought tickets on an amazing cable car, took the pictures, climbed the steps, and… Read full post »

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MARCH 18, 2012 1:07PM

The Portland I want to live in

I think we all want to be someone else.

In reality, I'm a suburban mom with kids in middle school. I weigh too much, I have a penchant for mom jeans and sweatshirts. When I'm not working or folding laundry, I spend my time driving to various sports practices and music… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 21, 2012 3:20AM

Birth Control Made Me

Kinda oxymoronic, eh?

But it did.

I could have gotten pregnant oh so many years ago, with my high school boyfriend. I would have been showing in my graduation robe, with that silly gold Honor Student cord meaning nothing, as I settled down in my nothing town, with bills, diapers, and… Read full post »

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JANUARY 9, 2012 5:37PM

View from my window

My office window looks out the side of my house, at the neighbor's house. No great shakes as views go. Suburban cedar fence. Boring.

So I added some enticements to attract friends. This view is from a rainy day last winter.



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AUGUST 2, 2011 12:27PM

My Tiny Hypocrisy: Talented and Gifted Camp

TAG stands for Talented and Gifted. It's another label to put on kids in my district, and I've had a love-hate relationship with it for years.

I live in the kid-obsessed suburbs, with a Kumon math center just down the road, Intel engineers in every other house, and at-home moms with…

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FEBRUARY 1, 2011 12:15AM

The clothes I never had

I bought my fifth-grade Tadpole a pair of skinny jeans with holes already in them, a purple flannel shirt, and a pair of black Converse with pink laces.

Damn that felt good.

I remember my own fifth grade year. I felt like an eyesore. I was my own personal… Read full post »

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JUNE 11, 2010 3:51PM

Kyron Horman's Wicked Stepmother

Skyline Elementary School is on the rural outskirts of Portland, Oregon, where Kyron Horman disappeared a week ago. It's only a few miles from my house.

kyron horman


I'm just as perplexed as everyone that a child could disappear in broad daylight from a rural elementary school.

What irks… Read full post »

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MAY 10, 2010 12:44AM

My Facebook Friend is a Child Pornographer

I started my Facebook account to keep in touch with former workmates. We all worked together at a company that went bankrupt, and we all scattered to the four winds. These people were great, and even more, they're my valuable professional network--the people I will rely on some day when my… Read full post »

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MARCH 12, 2009 4:37AM

Brown-eyed Girl





When I saw her for the first time, I thought “hell, no.”

We are not keeping this rocketing yellow blur who is tearing around my lawn and completely out of control. Half yellow lab, half golden retriever, no sense, and no training. A six-month-old puppy… Read full post »