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Musings from Mama Bird

The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls, 2005)

I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster. Jeannette Walls opens … Continue reading

April 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Girl Power

The neighborhood sleeps while I wait patiently, quietly, for the new dawn to break into the mid-morning. It promises to be another day full of sun and singing birds, perfect … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

For the love of Bubby

My friend’s cat, Bubby, died of a heart attack. In her arms. At the vet’s office. Her Facebook status of love and loss reached right through me when I read … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Shhh…baby’s sleeping

There he is, sprawled out on the couch, covered in blankets,  beagle curled up at his feet. An extremely rare occurrence in my house these days, this 20-year-old is truly … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Empty Nest for Rent?

From MSN’s homepage, the headline squawked at me:  Adult kids flock back to the nest. You mean there’s a chance that just as I’ve grown comfortable in my empty nest, … Continue reading

March 23, 2012 · 4 Comments


This morning, I had to dig out my sandals. Today, the high is supposed to reach 83 degrees. Holy global warming, Batman. Spring just sprang, and I wonder if the … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Press Send

Last night, I had to discard my cell phone’s texts in order to free up room for more. This isn’t unusual, of course, but I always hesitate trashing text conversations, … Continue reading

March 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Dance Moms: Stage Fright, Cartwheels and Plantar Warts (oh my!)

Every week, my daughter, Bridget, and I watch DVR-recorded Dance Moms. Let’s just state upfront that we are members of Team Miss Abby. I’ve been around enough crazy moms (not … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 2 Comments

Eyes wide open

A full bladder nudged me out of a deep sleep yesterday morning at two, so I sent my son a text: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! He’s 20, his teens a thing of the past. … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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