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Smooth Stones · 4W ago

To Cade, on Your 18th Birthday

Dear Cade,Walt Whitman wrote in an 1855-56 journal entry: "Understand that you can have in your writing no qualities which you do not honestly entertain in yourself. Understand that you cann...
Smooth Stones · 1M ago

What 2017 Can Keep, For Real

Our nativity set is nothing nice. I bought most of it years ago: in Plant City, if I recal...
Smooth Stones · 1M ago

What Happens When You Get Lost

My Oldest. Almost eighteen.Years ago, I attended the memorial service of a man who had cha...
Smooth Stones · 8M ago

Everybody Will Be Happy

My church friend Mr. Ransone had COPD and cancer in his bones, but he was one of the most ...
Smooth Stones · 9M ago

Triggers, Weaknesses, and When It's Not about What It Seems

Here I am, on a Friday morning, eight minutes from missing my daughters' hair appointments...
Smooth Stones · 12M ago

Clementine Turns Eight

Dear Clementine:I started this blog because I was losing my grandma to Alzheimer's; the fi...
Smooth Stones · 1Y ago

Last Week

We kicked off last week by hosting a Super Bowl party. It was a fairly last-minute decisio...
Smooth Stones · 1Y ago

Make-up and Perfume

A couple weeks ago at choir practice, our pianist Mrs. Carol gave me an orange symphony ticket for Cade. "The school may give him a ticket," I said."Then you use it," Mrs. Carol said, and in...
Smooth Stones · 1Y ago

To Cade, the Week of Your 17th Birthday

Hello, Son. I can hardly believe that, in one year, you'll be considered grown, although I'll admit: your face looked different to me, again, today. It wasn't just the way your chin's been r...
Smooth Stones · 1Y ago

To Chip at Four

Mama's Baby,You turned four right around the corner from halloween. Our celebration was quiet, but I took photos, thinking I'd write a post after our trip to Great Wolf Lodge (your big birth...