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The Task of Time Warps

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

World Trade Center memorial

(I post this on the anniversary of a terrible day in US history. September 11th is a painful, tragic, excruciating anniversary of horrible deeds that murdered many. Let us hold in our hearts all of the complexity of that day for a quiet moment before I launch into my own very different musings on the time-warp-ed-ness of memories.)

 

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My oldest child turned 40 this year. What astounds me about this is that I can remember in exquisite detail her infant and toddler years and those of her younger brothers. It’s like my brain has become a … not sure what the current technology would be for it, but back in the day it was called a roll-a-dex. Pull out one random card, and I can remember vividly episodes from their childhoods … and my own. I keep accumulating years and memories which is, of course, so much better than the alternative! But what am I supposed to do with all of these seemingly random visits from times gone by?

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Timshel and the Art of Creative Captivity

By Terresa Wellborn

If I could collect all of the hours I’ve spent waiting at appointments and lessons over the years, I would be rich with time. Here are a few of the regular visits and necessary errands I attend with my family: Dentist appointments Orthodontist appointments PTA meetings & misc school functions Church meetings Dermatologist appointments ENT …

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Summer, I Love You: Deep Wishes Midlife

By Terresa Wellborn

Ah, summer, of homemade freshly-picked-strawberry ice cream churning on the back patio. Of long days with late dinners, later star gazing. Of tennis court roller skating, sweat running down the backs of our knees. My child-wish: that summer would last forever. “I can still remember one day very well. It was the day when my …

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The Beauty of Slow

By Terresa Wellborn

On the heels of the Winter Olympics, my goal is slow. The opposite of speed skating, bobsledding, luge, and every other sport on the Pyeongchang world stage. Why? Because I’m addicted to fast. And got a wake up call last week. Rushing to drive my kids to school, I hit our other car, full force. …

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In The Bleak

By Heather Harris-Bergevin

In the bleak Midwinter, we do our dishes, and our laundry, pray to our god, and wait patiently for the arrival of the new sun. Our ancestors sat beside their fires, trapped by more than hoarfrost, thinking. It is time for something new, teaching the children something kinder than mere survival, in the midst of …

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Last in Line: Reverencing the youngest child

By Terresa Wellborn

“Just be ten!” I tell my youngest for the umpteenth time this week. He’s ten going on sixteen. What’s a mom to do? Our other kids are teens approaching driving, dating, college, while our youngest regularly snuggles. The gap between them feels wide and at times, unbearable. And I am caught between, in the grinding …

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Excavating Christmas: Lost, Broken, Lovely

By Terresa Wellborn

Each year I spew Christmas all over the house. My mother used to, her mother did, and now it’s my turn. I suppose it’s part habit, part pressure, part joy. It’s an annual phenomenon, we box and forget our holiday bling for eleven months, along with faded holiday cards, papier-mâché Santas, and sprigs of fake …

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flight

By Precy Larkins

flight the years stole away my feathered wings day by day purple-tinted barbs break off from the rachis, the once fiery-gold vane withering in pain but then you came and the azure gust you brought with you remembers my name your words coax downy white feathers to warm up an old, achy soul, make it …

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Kicking this year in the teeth, one gratitude at a time

By Terresa Wellborn

Raise your hand if you’d like to kick this past year in the teeth. Sure, I’d like to know what Trump eats for breakfast, motives for the Las Vegas mass shooter, why so-and-so is getting a divorce, and other ugly truths hidden under digital sofa cushions online, but the more I step away, the more …

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Mom VS the Internet

By Terresa Wellborn

Forget the babysitter. Nowadays parents give their toddlers iPads, iPhones, iAnythings. Forget books. Netflix and YouTube have all the stories kids need. And if kids are on Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr? Don’t worry, everyone’s doing it. “My fear is that the digital age, while benefiting us enormously, impoverishes us too.” -Viktor Mayer-Schenberger Once upon a time …

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