December 2011

When my husband and I moved our family, sight unseen, to a tiny village in southern France, planning to stay for a year, we thought we knew what we were doing.  In our mind’s eyes, it was crystal clear: our children would magically learn to speak French, I would somehow master recipes and cooking implements […]

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California Christmas

December 23, 2011

When I was young, each Christmas was exactly the same, and we needed it to be that way.  We decorated our tiny country church on the first Saturday in December, then sat in the front pews together and sang all the same hymns. Advent wreaths hung from invisible wire on each side of the pulpit.  […]

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“One of the finest pieces of advice I’ve ever received about parenthood was this: never judge a parent whose children are older than yours.” KJ Dell’antonia dropped this line into a Motherlode blog post this week about high school students and drinking, and I’m thinking of having it tattooed on my forehead backwards so that […]

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