mother’s day: on performing your children

I believe I hurt someone's feelings a little while back, when they were asking me for parenting advice. I said, "Stop thinking of your baby as being 'good'. Stop showing off the baby. She's a person, not a pet. The sooner you abandon these practices the better it will...

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boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew!

At seven-ish in the morning I get up. The house is quiet. I use the bathroom, wash my hands. I notice the oven is on and when I peer in, I behold three perfectly oiled up potatoes. I realize Nels has stayed up all night - and this occurs to me right at the point he...

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