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River Stones

When does the green light appear showing us that it’s go-time, when it’s the right time to allow us to begin the inevitable un-tethering we must do from our own child? [...]

My Mother, Leaving Me

Woman with Alzheimer's Sits on a Swing Shaded by an Umbrella by Lynn Johnson

I visited my 80 year old mom yesterday.

Afterward, I came home and ran for 2 and a half hours (not my usual workout routine!) and slept for two hours last night. My mom is dying.

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Magic Happened This Summer

Time stood still. Was this the moment I had prayed for? [...]

Pickle

The water was now at her neck and for the first time in her life she wished she was taller. She prayed and thanked Jesus for the moon, for enough light to see just a bit ahead of her, but feared too all this light might give her away. As if Jesus heard her concern, the moon would occasionally hide behind the clouds, leaving her in such darkness she would extend her hands as far as she could hoping to touch the end of the river, the invisible, unimaginable other side. [...]

Winter Sighting

Some women come into their own when they become mothers. A new infant completes their lives. But for others, adjusting to motherhood is more of a struggle. Giving up independence to focus on the needs of an infant can be trying. [...]

Expecting

“Well, have you thought about names?” These words enter the conversation like a hammer meeting a nail. I picture her rubbing her palms together, assessing me from under her eyebrows—even over the phone wires. I know where she is going with this question. [...]

Uncommon Ground

“Treasure?” Her voice matches the tender smile spreading in her lips. “Now that sounds like fun!” She slides her hands around my shoulders and gives me a hug. I drink in her loving, maternal gestur [...]

Common Courage

There may be a few people in today’s world who can claim a constant lineage of over-privileged ancestors, of those who never had to do anything except eat, sleep, and procreate. Most of us across the globe, though, are alive because our ancestors had the courage to carry on. [...]