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Things My Daughter Taught Me

I’m in a reflective mood. Our daughter and firstborn, Elliot, turned 18. Before I had her, I knew I wanted to be a mother, but it was a blind instinct. I didn’t know what I was getting into. Honestly, I thought parenthood might be like it was on tv: the…
December 5, 2020
Stop Suffering, Start Living

I Want You to Love Us

Last night I found out that an old, dear family friend drove through Omaha and did not stop to say hello to us. It wasn’t the first time. The first time was last spring, and I totally accepted her excuses – she was in a hurry, she didn’t want to…
October 14, 2020
Potpourri

There’s Nothing Wrong with You

Above: Mom and me A few weeks before she died, my mom poked an accusing finger into her belly and said with disgust, “I’ve gained so much weight.” I always winced when she took aim at her body that way. To me – to everyone – she was beautiful. But…
July 3, 2020
Potpourri

Racism and Good Intentions

“I’m sad they don’t know my heart. I’m a good person.” My friend Anna said this after being criticized for one of her Facebook posts. It was the third day of the recent Black Lives Matter uprisings, and she posted a meme about Labrador Retrievers. (Maybe you saw one like…
June 19, 2020
Communication

Do You Avoid Conflict?

I just hate conflict. That was my client’s answer when I asked her why she hadn’t spoken up in a staff meeting. . . and when I asked another client why she hadn’t protested her mother-in-law’s disregard of her baby’s nap time. . . and when I asked another client…
June 12, 2020
Potpourri

Antiracism for Beginners (Like Me)

No one can look at the video of George Floyd being slowly asphyxiated by an indifferent police officer and not be appalled and enraged. And yet this is not the first time something like this has happened. In fact, one of the reasons it’s so appalling is because it is…
June 6, 2020