Once upon a time…

I had my first baby and started a blog. That was in 2005. Nine years later, I had my fourth baby and stopped my blog. I spent the next year taking care of that baby and writing handwritten letters. Every day from March 9, 2015, to March 8, 2016, I took what I could say to the masses and doled it out to one person at a time, one letter at a time. I didn’t want my Letter Project to end.

I still write some letters, but now I write about writing letters, about what I learned in the process and how I became more human. I have decided to merge my thoughts on letter-writing with my interest in quotes and my fascination with minutiae into one big unfinished letter called a blog. It is addressed to you, with love.

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Blocked Goal Anger

I learned in my third counseling session this past week that I suffer from what my counselor calls "blocked goal anger." It's not the fierce, fanatical, malicious type of anger that wants to kill all the things.

February 17th, 2017|

Attention, Then Attraction

My friend Kristy shared a quote with me over email earlier this week, and I loved it so much that I brought it to our dinner conversation a couple nights ago.

February 15th, 2017|

Meal for a Friend

To make a meal for a friend is always a pleasure, always a privilege. Yet it's not always practical or even possible.

February 12th, 2017|

List of Letters

This morning I created a list of letters to write. Even though I've already written a dozen letters since the start of the new year, I still feel a little behind on my practice, as this stack of cards attests. Many need replies and some just need filing.

February 9th, 2017|

Tending to Surfaces

This morning I could feel a little clean-up coming on. It began with backdating my last post, since that was written Sunday and should have gone live then. However, there was an internal server problem that hindered the plan, but my trusty webmaster has that all cleaned up now.

February 7th, 2017|

Publix Conversation

TJ and I were at Publix a couple nights ago, standing in the produce department, while I tried to pick a good mango. We had gone for our biweekly date night and were both very full from dinner.

February 3rd, 2017|

January Journal: Day 30

Bauer is memorizing "The Road Not Taken" for school, and I've joined in. This wonderful Robert Frost poem is my new bathroom counter memory work.

January 30th, 2017|

January Journal: Day 28

On the days when I'm all broccoli'ed out, or there aren't enough leftovers, or I don't want the kids to eat another sandwich, I revert to lunch from a box.

January 28th, 2017|

BBQ Tofu and Cajun Rice

It must be the weekend 'cause I feel a recipe coming on. Even though I make this meal at least once every two weeks, it's doubtful my kids know what it's really called. To them, it's simply "Bauer's favorite meal."

February 18th, 2017|
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-Greeting card quote

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-Anne Lamott, Small Victories