Collected Writings

Be Good-at-Thanks

I don’t often go the corny route (I like to tell myself), but given the day, there are a few things I want say I’m grateful for.  These past few months have been both wonderful and trying. Turns out all those parents who said having a baby was hard weren’t exaggerating! Especially given Little L’s … Read More »

Be Good-at-Time

Those of you who know me – and especially those who have worked with me – know that I don’t like my time being wasted. Motherhood has exacerbated this. Except now I’m not trying to hurry up and get my errands done so that I can spend my evening luxuriating on the couch in the … Read More »

Be Good-at-Being-a-Poet? (Without knowing it)

Last spring I checked a voicemail left by a caller from an unknown number. To my surprise, it was not someone from my college asking for a donation. “I’m calling regarding your submission to the Talking Stick journal,” a woman’s voice said. “Give me a call back.” If you are a writer, maybe you’ve submitted … Read More »

Be Good-at-Fun

This post could have also been titled “Be Good-at-Sports” or “Be a Good Sport.” On October 4, the Minnesota Lynx won their fourth championship in seven years. Thanks to Axel’s insistence, we were there to see it. When the Lynx pulled off a win in Game 4, Axel asked if we should get tickets for … Read More »

Train Yourself

Megan and Cameron will soon be headed out to Minnesota on the train. Megan’s parents June & Earl will be joining them. “Let me know if you have any advice for the train!” June recently texted. June and Megan took the train cross country about 15 years ago; I guess they want a refresher. Having … Read More »

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