To Tobin on Your 10th Birthday

Tobin, You are turning 10.Ten years old! Double digits! I can’t even believe it. You’re getting so much taller. Those scrawny legs stretching so long, when I hold you, it looks like I’m barely lifting you off the ground! Your permanent teeth are filling out your smile, and you and I wear the same size... Continue Reading →

On Love

 —Anna-Marie— I’ll always remember the first time Brian and I got into our first all-out “fight” as a married couple. We were on our honeymoon. We were walking around the deck of the cruise ship, talking, taking in the night sky and the band and the murmur of people around us laughing and chatting. Brian... Continue Reading →

Birds, Bikes, and Behavior

—Anna-Marie— “Science, art, community, and nature make manifest that bad will or mistakes can lead to progress, like Bob Ross on his show The Joy of Painting reminding us that when we make big mistakes on canvas, we can turn them into birds—‘Yeah, they’re birds now!’”                   ... Continue Reading →

The Incident

—Anna-Marie— The last thing I remember is my vision getting a little “funky.” It felt like I was about to get a migraine. (Years ago, when I frequently had migraines, I would see a light—one of those lights you see after staring into a light bulb—and then my vision would get “funky.”) I remember thinking,... Continue Reading →

Words

—Anna-Marie— Growing up, I was scolded for one thing far more than any other—talking. I’ve just always had so much I want to say. It’s like the valve between brain and mouth has always been open for me. And the same is true for writing. I remember I used to have this red felt-tipped pen... Continue Reading →

On Blessings

—Anna-Marie— In November, my family and I participated in the Lantern Fest. This is our second year at this event, and we’ve declared it a tradition. Last year, when we went we were letting go. We had specific things we needed to name and face and let go. The experience was an anchor for us.... Continue Reading →

Pieces

—Anna-Marie— My Aunt Linda has a house near the city where Tobin goes to school. We used to stay with Linda sometimes when she lived there, but she moved a few months into our new adventure. She kept the house, however, and allows us to stay there when we need or want to. My Aunt... Continue Reading →

Some Thoughts on Change

—Anna-Marie— My favorite grocery store closed last week. This is a big loss to the community and a big loss to the employees who lost their jobs. It's also a big personal loss to me. Not because of the plethora of organic and environmentally-friendly products, not because their core values were about community and giving... Continue Reading →

Wounds

—Anna-Marie— Tobin goes to school year-round.  This means that during the summer, Knox joins us on our trips to the city. We love our summers together. They are sacred days where we get one-on-one time, and we are in a place with so many things to learn and do and so much diversity and culture all... Continue Reading →

Sifting

—Anna-Marie— On our way back from a family vacation in Gulf Shores, we decided to take a little side adventure to a small town in Northern Georgia. Dahlonega, Georgia (pronounced by locals as “Duh-LON-iga”—I kept saying “DAHL-uh-nayga Nights” in my head…) is the site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush. It’s a beautiful town.... Continue Reading →

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