Yearly Archives: 2009

And The Winner Is…

MATT! Kid 2 did the drawing (and I only put his name in once, even though he commented twice, because we’re all about fairness around here) and Matt, you are the winner. I will get a copy of RRO out to you in the mail as soon as you email me with your address. (that’s […]

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Grandma Wright

My little Grandma Wright died today. She was always Grandma Wright, even before we were related. She was my Grandma Jennie’s best friend, and every time I went to Oakland to see Grandma Jennie, we visited Grandma Wright, too. She’d lean over the counter at the distribution center and kiss my face. She smelled perfect […]

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Holding the Happy

Hey, guess what? I’ve got something to tell you… I received a small box of small books. Really pretty books with a cute swoony redhead on the cover. And also on the cover? My name. Right down there in the lower right corner. And I discovered something about myself, about how I work. Something about […]

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Justifying the Lazy

Once upon a time*, Husband made great hamburgers for dinner**. Yum. I prefer mine bunless (saving my calories for buttered popcorn, you know) and I finished first. So like a polite and well-adjusted person I went to rinse and stack my plate. But. I managed to kick Husband’s chair*** and say only “owie-owie,” as opposed […]

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How Publishing Is Like Giving Birth. And Also Not.

Like: There’s this beautiful new thing, and I want everyone to see it. Not Like: I invite a whole lot more people to come around at delivery when it’s a book. Like: There’s that gasp of surprise and delight to see it whole and shiny. Not Like: Much less mess. Like: I find myself telling […]

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Uncap the Pen

Just do it, I tell myself. Open the notebook. Scratch out the words. Sit down at the desk. Let fingers find keys. A dozen words. A hundred. A thousand. Uncover the characters. Discover voices. Let them tell their stories. Listen to their dialog. Shake your head over their mistakes. Let them try. Let them fail. […]

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Clean It Like You Mean It

I belong to a church of volunteers, which means that when something needs doing, it gets done by the congregation. Teaching, music, all those sermons and talks, all of it. By the people and for the people. And also the bathrooms. I just got home from cleaning the church with my family. And I may […]

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Bring Home the Turtle

Here’s photographic proof of the Pet Solution. You can’t really tell, but this is my big pasta serving bowl. Grande. And so is the turtle. So one more round of applause to Kid 2’s brilliance. (clap, clap, clap) Also, this reminds Husband of that part in the great movie “Cinderella Man” when Russell Crowe’s character […]

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