Tag Archives: relationships

Our Usual Cycle of Speaking The Mind

In my home as a kid, an argument was a usual occurrence. Mom, Dad, Sister, myself–we yelled. I always took pride in our open communication. We would speak our mind. We would forget about it. Our arguments were loud. We said mean things and then calmed down and got more articulate and thoughtful. We knew […]
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S is for Surprise

I had news to share with Michael about a home improvement project. I had made phone calls and gotten some estimates. I wanted his attention. I wanted to brainstorm. He gave me his attention. He put on his Project Manager cap and told me about things called budgets and timelines and needing a plan and […]
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To the Woman In Her Thirties Trying To Be Lucky In Love

To The Woman In Her Thirties Trying to Be Lucky in Love: You’re a single mom. You’re divorced. For two years, you’ve been dating a single dad who’s also divorced. We’ll call him The Guy. You both have kids, and they all get along. Everything’s great, until he gets jealous or moody. You fight. He says it’s […]
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He Composed Without Paper

My husband created a love letter. I didn’t realize it at first. Not until he was in the thick of composing it did I see how he expressed his affection. His artistry used sprouted grain flour and egg and magic. When he told me his plan, I got overwhelmed. Making tortillas didn’t sound like making […]
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Zip Zap Zop

The game Zip Zap Zop is a focusing activity often found in acting or improvisational theater classes. It is a warm up. It is the choir equivalent of warming up by singing “Many mumbling mice are making midnight music in the moonlight, mighty nice.” Here’s what it looks like. Actors stand in a circle. One […]
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