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Life lessons from a 10-year-old goalie

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originally posted May 17, 2010. There she was, my baby, decked out in blue mesh vest over her soccer uniform, goalie gloves on, with a wide leg stance watching the other team’s limber little blonde drive the ball towards the goal without any challenge from our team. I saw my daughter’s concentration as the other […]

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I See Dead People

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Today my beloved high school English teacher changed her Facebook profile picture.  The only catch?  She’s been dead two years. The first time it happened, it stopped me (pun totally intended, in her honor) dead in my tracks.  I had just gone to see her one last time, and she’d looked like a stranger in […]

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First Novel to be Published Spring, 2014

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My first novel, Illegal, will be published in the Spring of 2014 by Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Look for frequent updates on the book’s website here:  http://illegalthebook.com/

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Time to be still

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There is a magic that happens when I have enough time to be still.  A fog lifts – the fog of checklists and running and oh-I-forgot-to-go-to-the-grocery-store and late buses and workplace frustrations – and I become more myself.  I always have ideas and phrases running through my head, but give me a few days off […]

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I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be

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I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be
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There is always after

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I don’t deal with bad news well.  No one does, I guess, but I am particularly inept.  I come from a long generation of people who know that things are just not going to end well.  I have dragged myself out that pit laboriously, growing muscles of resilience, positive thinking and, “everything happens for a […]

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Someone is Watching

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When I was in Catholic school, the nuns used to say that we should be good in every moment because God was always watching.  It freaked me out a little, this Big Brother deity.  I spent way too much time I should have been playing with my Barbies wondering instead about the logistics of this […]

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The Journey from Illegal

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In the jumble of feelings and paperwork that is a divorce, my naturalization certificate disappeared.  My ex said he didn’t have it.  I knew he did.  Last week, 5 years after it went missing, it wordlessly appeared in a manila envelope along with my monthly child support check.  No, “Oops,” or “My bad.”  Such is […]

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The Unlikely Wedding Officiant

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I turn the channel away from the wedding shows, even the ones in which the brides are being impossible.  I secretly thrill when I read about the break-ups of celebrities.  When the ladies at work are ooh-ing and aaah-ing about the latest engagement ring (and I work in engagement ring central, another one just dropped […]

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A Dear John to the Port Authority

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For everyone who has commuted via mass transit into New York City.  Or anywhere else, for that matter. Port Authority, I don’t like how you’re treating me. Let’s start with the way you talk to me. When I hear your infernal chimes, I know you’re about to unload something insincere on me . I know […]

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