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Will You Visit Me There?


Part 2 of a post that originally ran here, Mother and Child Reunion, is up on Good Men Project today, where it has been re-titled Will You Visit Me There? And if you care to do so–visit me there–you might want … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part Three


To read Part One, click here. To read Part Two, click here. “I’m going to visit you, wherever you are. You’re not going to get rid of me.” I was trying to assure Luca that the terms of the custody … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part Two


Read Part One here… I sidestepped unruly tufts of sage, stopping several times to swing that damn bullroar over my head, wincing as the rope burned through layers of skin on my right forefinger. As I stopped, again, to listen … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part One


Last week I traveled to a fly-over state, a place where men still wear cowboy hats, where non-smoking hotel rooms reek of cigarette fumes, and people have three tow-headed children by the time they’re twenty-five. I sat in a conference … Continue reading

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On Not Being Crazy and Anne Lamott


“I know you’re not crazy,” Luca’s therapist at wilderness camp said to me during our phone conversation yesterday. “And when Luca goes to boarding school, I’ll tell the next therapist you’re not crazy, and that you need to be involved … Continue reading

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Hitting the Limit


Last week my son Luca’s therapist at wilderness camp, Joe, told me Luca had been so non-compliant he would have to leave early. This was hard to fathom, even for Luca. Wilderness camps are where the unruliest, foul-mouthiest kids go to … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Summer Camps


A week ago Sunday I took my 9-year-old, Franny, to the bus drop-off for sleepaway camp, a camp I will refer to as Mountain Lake. A high-octane, uber-friendly counselor loaded Franny’s duffel bag, filled with bedding, t-shirts, shorts, sneakers, and … Continue reading

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My Last Lunch with Luca, for Awhile


On Friday, I picked up my son from his last day of school to take him to lunch for his 14th birthday. I had not seen him since February, and when he walked down the hall in his white skinny … Continue reading

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