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Gap Outlet

Christmas day, 1985 my dad picked my two older sisters and I up in his smoke-filled 1967 Volvo. A car I despised until he upgraded to a 1975 lime pinto with a moldy ceiling, and then I missed… Continue reading

Rumor Has It: My Life with Twang

Last week my life played a bit like a country music song, minus the banjo and cowboy hat.  My dog died, it would not stop raining, my mother-in-law (whom I love) came to… Continue reading

He’s Not a Stalker . . . He’s a Pastor

*Editor’s Note:  I was given some feedback that my choice of words might give the impression that Jason and I have said “good-bye”  to each other.  ‘Tis not the case!  We, as in… Continue reading

God’s Love Aint a Country Western Song

My daughter has a fantastic capacity to take everything I say and turn it into something I didn’t say at all. I say: “Hey T, you need to fold your laundry.” She screams:… Continue reading

Faith not Dooty

When assigning chores to my children, I followed all appropriate gender stereotypes and told my son to start scooping dog poop.  I sweetened the deal by offering fifty cents per scoop.  He, being brilliant,… Continue reading

I Can See Clearly Now

I have a daughter.  She is nine.  While pregnant I fantasized that her and I would spend our days together playing tennis, sipping Starbucks, and having completely logical conversations about life.   I tried to be realistic, figuring we would have… Continue reading

Nose Worms, Cursing, and Mail Order Tigers

My Ninth grade Biology class, led by Mr. Scott, spent an entire month on parasitic worms.  We discussed them, dissected them, detested them. The climax of the unit was the tape worm, also known as Thysanosoma actinoides. After giving a graphic… Continue reading

Going Rogue: The Search for Grace Lost

On Monday, the snow drifted down in silent beauty.  I loaded the dogs in the mini van, navigated the icy roads, and slid into my favorite trail head.  Braving the weather proved worthwhile, as I… Continue reading

God Loves Tebow This I Know (for his touchdowns tell me so?)

At my daughter’s first gymnastics meet they were short a timer for the balance beam.  I offered my services right away.  Afterall, I yell “just a few more seconds”  for a living.  At… Continue reading

Sometimes, You Should Spare the Rod

I once saw an interview with Lady Gaga.  When asked to account for her fame, she simply explained that she studied it. All of her antics: the raw meat mini skirt, the strange… Continue reading

Failure: It’s the New Black

It’s funny which memories from childhood linger in my mind. One of the most vivid moments of my thirteenth year came at a soccer practice where my coach tried to instill in us the… Continue reading

Scouts Honor

My son asked if he could join the Boy Scouts. I objected on moral grounds.   I just could not, in good conscience, stand outside the local grocery store soliciting innocent bystanders to buy beef sticks, candy bars, and 8,000 calorie… Continue reading

(Midlife) Crisis Averted . . . For now

My friend Janine gave me a Bondi Band; a six-inch strip of sweat-wicking lycra with three stitches to create a headband.  I slid it on, admiring the neon pink and black polk-a-dots.  I fell in… Continue reading


I wanted another dog. More specifically I wanted Gus; the 90 pound Weimaraner featured on the rescue sight as the perfect dog. I wanted him, and I got him. But he is not the perfect dog.… Continue reading

Big Dogs and Popsicles

I see her every day on the trails; four-foot nine and in her seventies, walking in an over-sized sun hat and white pleated pants, holding a leash connected to the biggest Huskie dog I have ever seen.  My off-leash… Continue reading

A Not-so-Magic Carpet Ride

I often face criticism for the amount I work and my pursuit of busy.  What most people don’t realize is that my on-the-go lifestyle is really just an elaborate scheme to avoid folding laundry. … Continue reading

Opinions Welcome (As Long as they are the Same as Mine)

I don’t usually publically rant.  To my glazed-over husband?  All the time.  With my mother clucking back on the other end of the line?  More than is probably healthy.  In a public forum… Continue reading

‘Aint Nothin’ Wrong with a Little Bump ‘n Grind

They are often called unauthorized or unofficial by those who do not know better. Unmarked, but not nameless. They sit etched in memory of running partners past: Lovely Rita (who always cheated by… Continue reading

Drop the ‘Tude Dewed!

My daughter hates to be patronized.  She always has.  At three, her grandpa took her by the hand and showed her a beautiful vase full of wheat. “Teagan,” he began, “do you know what… Continue reading