Collected Writings

Spring Breaking Point

The night before Axel, Little L and I were to leave for California, Axel and I talked through how the grand voyage would go. This would be our third plane trip with Little L, but it had been about nine months since the last time we flew.  My first point of business: coffee.  “No. Definitely … Read More »


On Christmas Eve, my brother presented Little L a homemade holiday card in lieu of a gift. Scrawled in black sharpie, it said, “I know one day when you’re older and able to read, you won’t have this card because Carissa will recycle it tonight.” That wasn’t exactly true – it took me a few weeks … Read More »

This Dirty Plate

“What is this?”  As I opened the trunk to retrieve the diaper bag, I encountered a plate.  A dirty plate. And it wasn’t even our plate! “Oh, Axel,” I sighed. Then just last week Axel pulled a plastic bag out of his backpack.  “Look! It’s another plate from work,” he said proudly. Again it had … Read More »


“You better get writing your blog post,” Nellie texted. Joanie was next. “Another day off!?” Alissa chimed in. “A snow day for you! I have faith in my district this time too!” After the fated phone call, in which the unidentified voice that I would now recognize anywhere called and said, “Hello colleagues,” I did … Read More »

The Polar Vortex...Continues?

“You’ll probably actually have to work most of this week,” Thom texted me on Tuesday. “Most?” I responded. “Do you mean most, like my four normal days? Or do you mean most of my four days?” I didn’t try to hide the excitement in my words. Since my last post, I had been alerted to … Read More »

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