New column: “Shower shoes, tears: It’s time for summer camp”

Little sister hugging big sister goodbye

Little sister hugging big sister goodbye

This week’s newspaper column is about the fact that I have let my 8 year-old daughter go to sleepaway camp, 3 hours away, for the first time. And I’m wondering if I’ve lost my mind.

So summer, camp, kids, parenting, motherhood, life, letting go, independence, and more, in my column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it. And consider saying a prayer that I can sleep at night until she gets home.

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New column: “It’s time to savor summer, even if it’s in small sips”

sunsetoceanThe Fourth of July has passed, and we have reached what I consider to be summer’s pinnacle. Its high point. This should be a marked moment–a time for consideration.

This, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I sure hope y’all enjoy it.

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New column: “How to say goodbye to a house you love”

goodbyehouseHi, all! My newspaper column this week is up, and it’s about saying goodbye to the places we love. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “It’s time to celebrate the summer solstice–the first day of summer and the longest day of the year”

summersolsticeAll over the world, people celebrate the summer solstice. It’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, a day around which parties and legends abound. So that’s what I’m writing about in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it. Happy summer to all!

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New column: “Here’s to the dads who taught me to waterski”

waterskiI am woefully behind on posting my newspaper columns. I blame the summer, that mercurial minx.

This one is about childhood, learning to waterski, and the dads who taught me how. With a belated Happy Father’s Day to all the good men out there.

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New column: “30 ingredients for an old-fashioned summer”

lightning-bugsSummer is coming! Let’s do it the old-fashioned way–with (mostly) free, simple pleasures for young and old. I’ve a bunch of ideas in this week’s newspaper column. Thirty, to be exact. Thanks for reading!

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New column: “It’s time to donate the tiny toddler clothes, and big tears are falling”

Recently I decided it was time to pull my daughters’ baby and toddler clothes down from the attic, and give them away. I don’t know what I was thinking. The agony.

So this, parenting, kids, childhood, memories, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I sure hope y’all enjoy it.

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Back when she was a baby

Back when she was a baby

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New column: “Why do the children get left behind?”

GoGray2017FBBannerWhy so little funding for childhood cancer cures?

Last week, the first of one of two columns I wrote about pediatric brain cancer, and my dear friends’ journey with it, was published. This week, the second column ¬†was published. While the focus of the story are my friends’ and their incredible son, Holmes, age 9, the heart of the matter is that it’s about all the kids. How much money are we willing to give, as a country, to fund the research of pediatric brain cancer?

Brain tumors are most prevalent in children. More children die of brain tumors than any other cancer. Right now, our country deems it adequate to offer children with brain tumors 1% of federal funding. That’s one penny out of every dollar.

Please read this column, and please pass it on.

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New column: “Pediatric cancer is an emotional journey”

gograyinmayMy newspaper column this week is one near to my heart. It’s about my dear friends and their son, Holmes, age 9. Holmes has a malignant brain tumor. This is a special family.

I hope you’ll take the time to read the column, and I ask that you please share it with everyone you know, especially on social media. The more attention we can bring to the funding of pediatric brain tumors, the more quickly a cure may be discovered. Sharing is such a small thing, that could become such a big one.

Please also consider donating to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation at www.curethekids.org.

I’m honored that my friends let me share their story. To read it, click here.

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New column: “The view from my porch desk”

Spring has got me all nutty. I forgot to post last week’s newspaper column, which is about making my move to the desk on my front porch … where I can see the world go by.

This might be a good time to mention that you should be careful what you do and say around writers.

To read, click here. Hope y’all enjoy it!

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