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Notes to a Daughter on Living in This World

BRAIN TEEN, The Magazine for Thinking Parents.

If You Should Want Flowers  for Your Table, Advice to a Daughter

YOU. An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person. Welcome Table Press

The Door

The Kenyon Review Online

Advice on Arbor Day

Fourth Genre


BRAIN CHILD, The Magazine for Thinking Mothers

This is a tale told from the stands.

Beautiful Things

Cleveland Magazine

What to keep.

Marking Time

Cleveland Magazine

A collection of calendars tells a bigger story.

Hard Rain

Cleveland Magazine

What I saw in the storm.

Auld Lang Syne

Cleveland Magazine

Sometimes the cascade of  events  that shapes our lives seems unnervingly random.

Dressing Room

Cleveland Magazine

Confessions about clothes.

Back On Track

Cleveland Magazine

When your husband transforms himself.

Clocking In

Cleveland Magazine

My teen-aged daughter would be appalled to know that my fondest wish for her this summer is that she lands some unforgettably horrible job.

And I am the Baseball

Literary Mama

Once I asked him, after a game, “What’s it feel like, to smack that ball?”

Thumb Talk

Cleveland Magazine

A technophobe falls in love with texting.

Racing Forward

Cleveland Magazine

It’s only now that I truly grasp  what Title IX gave young women.

School House Spirits

Cleveland Magazine

Service Calling

Cleveland Magazine

When I first volunteered with the poor, I suffered under a common form of romanticism, expecting to swoop in like a benevolent, rescuing angel.

Shifting Gears

Cleveland Magazine

Where will the windfall go?

Church Shopping

Cleveland Magazine

Half of me wanted a church full of people who swayed to soulful music, arms raised in praise. The other half wanted a church where I could sit unnoticed in the last pew.

Points North

Cleveland Magazine

Travels of a late bloomer.

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Swim Lessons

Cleveland Magazine

A few laps in the pool provides a wave of insights.