When the first note–the wrong note–soared out of her violin, I stopped breathing.  She stood in front of the audience of strangers, of other children fingering violins, guitars, and piano music, and…

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Intentional Living Memories Motherhood Parenting Thoughts and Musings

It’s 6:52 am and I watch the college student in orange parka and backpack walk to the fluorescent-lit corner bus stop and I watch the Pittsburgh Port Authority bus arrive with lights blazing…

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Five Minute Fridays Thoughts and Musings

The day after Thanksgiving, those Parisians leaned tee-pees of wrapped Christmas trees against street corner newspaper stands, grocery market entrances, charcuterie doors, patisserie awnings.  Christmas had arrived in Paris.  Christmas…

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Memories

“Santa is dead.”  Miss C drops this bomb at gymnastics class.  10 other eye balls and 5 mouths go all perfect spheres. “Well.  Then, who brings the presents on Christmas?” This, from…

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Kids and Treasures Memories

Christmas cookies taste like security.  When I was growing up, my grandmother made sure all of our festive cookie needs were met with a dash and panache of silver and…

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Memories Parenting

There’s nothing that requires patience quite like a kid four-years-old or under with shoelaces. Is it only my kid who insists on wearing her running shoes everywhere for every occasion…

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