Walking pneumonia

November 6, 2013

I had pneumonia last month. I guess it’s called “walking pneumonia” because I was still walking around. Barely. The thing is, I rarely get sick. Which was why — even though I was coughing and exhausted for weeks — I kept going. I thought I’d caught the cough that was going through our family. I […]

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Are you afraid to fall in love again?

July 31, 2013

When I first met Chris in 2009, I had a hole in my heart. It was like it had been taped over with duct tape after so many relationships gone bad. I wasn’t going to let anyone too close again. I knew how much it would hurt if that tape got ripped off. The truth […]

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The Glass Wives: a summer book give away

July 1, 2013

How often to you reach the last page of a novel and think, with tears in your eyes, “I don’t want this to end”? That’s how I felt when I finished The Glass Wives, by Amy Sue Nathan. Amy also happens to have been one of my very first blog commenters right here, way back […]

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From Facebook friends to fiancés: a blended family wedding

May 26, 2013

These days, there are so many single parents blogging about what it’s like to date again. But how often do you run into two single parent bloggers who are telling the world — independently — what it’s like to be in a relationship with each other? Well, let me introduce you to Todd and Kelly. […]

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How my daughter taught me to trust again

March 27, 2013

That’s the title of my essay in the current (April 2013) issue of Family Circle. Leaning over the counter, my daughter ordered the same meal she always had at our favorite taqueria: a quesadilla, no salsa, no sour cream. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to eat. But that wasn’t all I was uncertain about. […]

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When a single mom remarries and awaits baby No. 2

January 16, 2013

When I first met my friend Amy 10 years ago in the Bay Area, she opened up me — and told me that she was getting divorced. I don’t remember how I responded, but I hope I said something encouraging. Like You’re so strong. Or, you’re not broken. At that point, I’d been a single […]

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When a single mom uproots for love

December 17, 2012

When you take the “distance” out of a long distance relationship, it’s a big deal. Especially when you have kids. And he has kids. Especially when one of you leaves your job and friends behind. Especially when one of you puts your house on market, and the other one opens his/her door to a new […]

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