All I Heard was "Biopsy"

Photo: 6 inches of snow today. Barely plowed. Had to go out.. just exhausting. The Orioles are playing today in Camden Yards. I’d give just about anything to be home right now.   Just before we moved into this house, I felt a lump in my breast and freaked out. I saw my primary physician,…

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The Eternal Flames We Tend

Photo: Saturday morning PJ party. French toast on the griddle, coffee brewing, bacon sizzling… these are the sweet moments in the early Autumn sunshine. There was a death in the family last week, Dear Reader. A Great Aunt, who I met only a few times in my life, but who loved my mother and sent…

I'm Grateful for Their Labor

Photo: An old found photo of my maternal grandmother has found a place of my desk along with my other talismans of inspiration. At first, I didn’t like having her stare at me as I looked at twitter instead of writing. Now I can’t imagine a better place for her (and, yeah, when I’m not…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Momentous Non-Change

Photo: Looking north from my favorite perch next to the Old North Bridge. Beautiful, no? Peaceful, yes? Yeah. That and more. And that’s why I got no work done this morning while I was sitting there. This is no longer the place where I can go on baby-free mornings.     “You know I’m going…

Seeing the In-Laws Wasn’t the Bad Part About My Weekend

  I had a Mommy Afternoon Off on Saturday with one of the moms from preschool who I am fast becoming friends with. We had just enjoyed some Indian buffet and were stuffed. We were contemplating a move to Starbucks for coffee and knitting, and I was looking up directions when an email popped on…

Well, Color Me Surprised…

Photo: Bearack Obama found a place in the dining-room built-in cabinet last week, along with a few other treasures that we have. Bearack was the subject of some colorful commentary on the part of my father-in-law a few years ago. Nothing was said this time around…or at least, not in my presence. It just ain’t…

Quiet Thoughts: The Victory Lap

Photo Credit: Heaven is a boat with a fishing pole. While I’d prefer that the boat be in the middle of the beautiful and sacred Chesapeake Bay, I’ll settle for other places, too. This was in the harbor at Portland, Maine and it was pretty lovely. I’m having a bit of an affair with Portland…shhh…don’t…

12 Years Later

I was an intern on Capitol Hill for one day: September 10th, 2001. I did everything wrong, too. I got lost on the way to my representative’s office, I was a hot sweaty mess when I got there, I shook hands but didn’t really remember any names… I couldn’t complete the tasks asked of me…