Facing Fear

The night before my daughter started her freshman year at a new high school where she knew no one, I stared at the ceiling and made a few wishes.

I hoped she’d like her teachers and make a new friend. Above all, I hoped she’d feel a little bit brave.

They were simple, modest wishes.

But after that first day of school, my 15-year-old came home in tears….

Read my full essay here in The Washington Post

 

 

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KQED-perspectives

 

My husband is a really good sport for letting me share my story on KQED radio about how I fell for him at REI.

One February weekend, some friends invited my tween daughter and me on an East Bay hike, and I asked this guy I was dating to come along. He was a scientist who loved the outdoors, so I thought it might be fun. But the forecast was rain…

You can read/listen to the full two-minute story here.

Thanks!

 

 

 

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My blended family in the New York Times: He Was Ready to Be a Stepdad. Was I Ready to Let Him?

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When I sent an over-the-top enthusiastic email to the lovely Jessica Ashley from Sassafrass — because, wow, it’s amazing how much we have in common, including our ages (42), our years as single mamas (almost decade for each of us), the whole “Oh, you have two first names” comment we both must get, and now […]

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