Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Last week, I started taking a French class. I’ve always wanted to learn French. A thousand years ago, I went to college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I transferred there as a sophomore and didn’t have the option of preregistering for classes beforehand....
14 Tips for Comforting the Bereaved

14 Tips for Comforting the Bereaved

My son, Phillip, took this photo when he visited me in New York, back in 2009. Today marks the first anniversary of his death. Over the past year, I’ve discovered many things about grief and about how awkward giving and receiving condolences can be. People offer...
The Gingerboys

The Gingerboys

My cupboards smell like ginger and nutmeg and all things festive and celebratory. I’m getting ready to make the “Gingerboys.” That’s what my son, Phillip, called them. I made these cookies for the first time for his third birthday party. They...
Francie Turns 21

Francie Turns 21

This week, my “Chilean daughter” turned 21. It seems like only yesterday that I walked into her 8th grade classroom for the first time, but that was back in 2009. Francisca would have been 14 then. A quiet teenager, she came to the front of the classroom...
Even Longer

Even Longer

When I was a little girl, I used to visit my grandma. We had a special relationship and I wanted to stay there with her forever and ever, where I felt comfortable, safe, and loved up. After a visit, when my parents came to pick me up, she would stand on her front...

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