Monthly Archives: February 2012

Just So

WHEN I ASKED ANDY why he put the tiny white toilet with the flip lid into the tiny blue-and-pink playpen, he looked up from the old metal dollhouse. “Because there was a tornado,” he said. My middle kid, my 4-year-old … Continue reading

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We Weather Makers

SOME DAY I MAY wear a ring with amethyst, garnet and turquoise stones to remind me of how much I treasure my kids. Seems like only older ladies wear these birthstone rings, women who finally got the money and the … Continue reading

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Love Can

WHITNEY HOUSTON’S VOICE SENDS me back to a dorm room in Minnesota, where my roommates and I would dance and sing along with her hit, “How Will I Know,” even as the guys living below us started beating the floor … Continue reading

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Pictures of Strength

THREE ORANGE PLOW TRUCKS headed westbound on a deserted stretch of Colo. Hwy. 52, each one appearing about 10 seconds apart on the ridge a quarter mile off under grey skies with flurries. They rumbled by, steel blades dropped, to … Continue reading

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Sunshine in a Jar

ON A BLUSTERY JANUARY day last week, I remembered my sunshine in a jar — three Kerr jars of salsa I stashed on a top shelf after canning tomatoes from our garden last summer. Had I not run out of … Continue reading

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