December 13
At my best, I try to be a voice for children. At my very best, I help them find their own voice. ************************************ We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. - Sandra Day O'Connor * ************************************


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Once again in my parenting career, that’s exactly how I felt.  No words could ease my daughter’s pain.  No band aid could heal the wound.   A hug couldn’t stop the fear.  Not even the promise of a giant cream-filled donut could make a dent in he… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 7:42AM

Careful Hearts

A few years ago, when our youngest daughter was just four, she tip-toed into my bedroom on the morning of Valentine’s Day as I was getting dressed to go to work.  She had caught me in one of those hurried intervals, somewhere between packing lunches and signing 4thRead full post »

JANUARY 30, 2011 10:03AM

Faith in a Moment


 It felt like it came out of nowhere.  I had been struggling to find it for years, trying to reach this place, arrive at this moment. But I wasn’t expecting it – at least not then.

I had been valiantly searching for the little kernels.  The perfect… Read full post »

clouds over lake michigan
The  sound of a neighborhood.
The teachers who loved your babies.
The teammates who communicate without words.
The pile of mama's nerves stacked under the bleachers.
The endless cupcakes shared and eaten with or… Read full post »
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JUNE 1, 2010 1:57PM

Of Report Cards and What a Great Teacher Knew



pile of grade school report cards


Last fall, I visited my mom in Wyoming.  She used the opportunity to do some major house cleaning - which included the passing on of a lifetime of paper treasures.  Every finger painting, mother’s day card, letter to Santa, and term paper I had ever creat… Read full post »

MAY 24, 2010 12:54PM

Pay-to-Play Gifted Education?


 For the past two weeks, my brain has been in overdrive.  It doesn’t matter if I’m standing on the sidelines of a soccer game, waiting in the check-out at the grocery store, or chatting with friends on Facebook.  I am in 100% survival mode.


Like most around… Read full post »

MAY 19, 2010 9:13AM

On the Eve of Turning 12


   evening reflection




When you wake up in the morning, nothing will have changed but somehow it feels like everything will be different.  There is so much anticipation in your voice when you speak of turning twelve, so much desire to be a young man instead of my… Read full post »

winter sand fences lake michigan




 When I say “I’ll keep you in my thoughts…”


I mean that when I'm driving alone in the car

And a song comes on that makes me pause

That says the things that I could not… Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2010 9:58AM

A Different Kind of Victory


clara and the funnky freaks




Last night, I sat and watched our 9 year-old daughter’s last game of the indoor soccer season.  I watched the Funky Freaks, her team, get defeated by the Tie-Dye All Stars. 8-4.  And I cried.


As much as I love a good victory,… Read full post »

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MARCH 25, 2010 10:36AM

The Ripple Effect



  trajectory competition at science olympiad



 I’m sitting in the gym at a local community college.  It’s dark outside, early on a Saturday morning when most kids are still asleep.  A late winter snow made the 6AM drive through the cornfields of Michigan’s Amish countrRead full post »

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MARCH 12, 2010 10:25AM

An Imperfect Heart


                           nine months and an imperfect heart 


I was born with an imperfect heart.


It wasn’t until I was 22, and I mentioned the heaviness I felt acros… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2010 4:18PM

Every Day is Someone's Earthquake



The Earth shakes so violently that it shifts on its axis. Once again people scramble into the streets, leaving behind the remnants of home.  The photographs and the family heirlooms buried deep beneath piles of rubble.  The crayon drawings, once presented so proudly, now b… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2010 9:58AM

Do you feel loved?



                  mom spent hours making candied orange peels - she had never made them before  


When I was 9, if someone had asked, “Do you feel loved?” 

I would have answered, “Yes.” 


Tip-toe love.

Impatient lovRead full post »



                          team usa  


Poor Curling - it's the punching bag of the Winter Olympics.  It's the sport people love to make fun of,… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2010 3:17PM

Our Hometown Hero Will Carry USA Flag in Olympics



          mark grimmette detroit free press photo


Do you ever wonder how Olympic dreams are born? 

Sometimes, they are born out of fancy training centers, pricey coaches, and high tech equipment.  Sometimes, they are born in backyards, by kids dressed in h… Read full post »


So there we were, my husband and I, watching the Super Bowl.

Surrounded by a giant bowl of chips and bottles of Bell’s Brown Ale. 


Trying to recover from the spectacle that was Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend pretending that they are still virile rock stars. 


Hop… Read full post »


                        red lentil soup


Last night, I read a great post by MoniqueC titled Red Lentils.   I love her writing style. I don't remember ever reading one of h… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2010 10:37AM

Tomorrow, Our 11-Year-Old Takes the ACT


                       act test



Tomorrow morning at 8:00 am, our 11 year-old son will report to the school cafeteria, calculator and middle school ID in hand. He&rsqu… Read full post »


This morning, I was reading froggy's post about her wish that her daughter could hold on to the imaginary world where she often lives.  It's a beautiful piece and reminded me so much of my own daughter, Alice.

Alice is seven, a little elf of a girl.  It's hard to describe h… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2010 10:04AM

Attack of the Lip Plumper


                      fancy expensive lip plumper


There are two things you need to know before I get started. 

1)      The last time I wore lipstick out of the house, I wa… Read full post »


                         mixed met(d)al salad


Good morning, Dad.   



It’s amazing how quiet it is after they all leave the house, isn’t it?… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2010 10:16AM

It Matters Where You Put the Dishes


She hadn’t been home for more than an hour when I heard the clink, clink, clink from her kitchen. Dishes being rearranged.  Reclaiming the space I had kept safe for her. Everything back just where it belonged.  No pause for a thank you. 

Clink, clink, clink. 

I didn'… Read full post »

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JANUARY 7, 2010 11:23AM

To Spank or Not To Spank: A Controversial Study Says "Maybe"

           photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Press

                                      &nbs… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2010 9:19AM

Cleaning Out the Fridge Day


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DECEMBER 22, 2009 9:07AM

Gold: A gift to my 4-year-old self


                                tiny golden hands, december 13, 1966


Dear Melissa, 

It’s your 4th birthday today.  What good luck that Mrs. Picke… Read full post »