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Relax. Nothing is under control.

The AC man came and for a total of $85 he tuned up our perfectly good unit. Patrick can rest easy now. I knew all along that things were fine but Patrick needed to process this in his own way. … Continue reading

12. April 2016 by Shannon
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Marijuana and grapes

I’m the youngest of three and as such I spent a lot of time in the car with my mom running errands and taking my older brothers to their various and sundry commitments. I had a lot of deep thoughts … Continue reading

21. January 2016 by Shannon
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Let her shine

Dear Emma, It’s my first day without you and I miss you so much it hurts.  I haven’t been able to put my heart back in my chest since you went away yesterday. Seeing you go was the hardest thing … Continue reading

12. December 2014 by Shannon
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Our pain

I hate this day. Emma is lying next to me, curled up on the heating pad trying to control her shivers.  It’s chilly in the house and I bathed her today because when I woke up I found her lying … Continue reading

10. December 2014 by Shannon
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A happy accident

  We trimmed the Christmas tree this weekend.  Patrick and I fluffed the branches of our synthetic stock, both of us trying to disguise the pole running through the middle. We spread and gently bent branches then stood back to … Continue reading

02. December 2014 by Shannon
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First hit of the season

  Sam got his first hit of the season at his baseball game last night.  Even though he was thrown out at first base (so it technically wasn’t a hit) I still clapped and cheered as though he’d just hit … Continue reading

04. November 2014 by Shannon
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Seventeen

  This little fuzzball turned seventeen today.  Seventeen.  It feels weird to write it, or say it or even think it.  My dog is seventeen years old. I bought Emma on a whim when I was 22 years old.  I … Continue reading

12. October 2014 by Shannon
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A Letter to my Son’s Preschool

Dear Lakeside Teachers, Five years ago, I drove down the street with a two-year old fussing in his car seat and a baby squirming in my belly.  I was tired.  I was two months away from the birth of my … Continue reading

28. May 2013 by Shandmin
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Emma

Emma was diagnosed with congestive heart failure about a year and a half ago.  She is on Lasix, a diuretic for her heart.  When she was diagnosed, it was mild but it is a progressive disease and causes enlargement of … Continue reading

11. December 2012 by Shannon
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Golden opportunity

Sam had to write a story today about a golden coin. Together we sat and brainstormed using the mind-mapping technique. He finished his story, complete with a compelling arc and compassionate ending, and I returned to my writing roots, teaching … Continue reading

22. October 2012 by Shannon
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