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The big chop

With the snip of a pair of scissors, my daughter turned from girl to teen. Last weekend, she had 13 inches of hair cut off and donated to Locks of Love.

Unhappy is OK, too.

It’s not that I don’t want happy. Believe me, it’s what I pray for.

Facing mortality

Back in my younger days, when I went to college in North Carolina, I became part of a group of hippies and outcasts who bonded together in our love for the Grateful Dead.

Taking Mount Panic like a boss

Back-to-school shopping.

Independence Day

With Independence Day looming (I’m reminded nightly by the loud booms and bangs of fireworks that wake my almost-asleep son), it's time to reflect on the ways we’ve “independenced” ourselves since

Alternate universes but one big world

So here’s the thing about being a parent: if you have more than one kid, there’s a strong chance you have parallel universes you reside in all at the same time. It’s not science fiction.

Love looks like walking away

It was 3:30 a.m. and we walked out the front doors of an empty hospital. The halls had echoed with each step we took, leading us farther and farther away from our crying daughter.

The mother of a teenager!

As of 9:15 p.m. Thursday, I will be officially the mother of a teenager. My firstborn turns 13 and I can feel the gray hairs popping out already.

What parental guilt looks like at 2 a.m.

Around 2 a.m. last week I took a nap on the couch for about two and a half hours before getting up to get ready to leave for Baltimore, Maryland.

Welcome to the world, Caitlyn

When I was young, back in the glory days of the 1970s, there was a girl in my school whose last name was Jenner, and she said her cousin was then-superstar Olympian Bruce Jenner.