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 Married at 18, Still together 37 years later: A conversation with my parents about marriage

I was 25 when Aaron and I got engaged.  A ripe old age in terms of southern tradition. The image of my Alabama-born grandmother expressing her concern over my lack of significant other at my college graduation party will forever be engrained in my memory.  Fast forward three years later, though, and we were living in Los Angeles where 25 was anything but ripe for marriage. I distinctly remember people asking out of genuine concern why we were in such a hurry and would want to marry so young.  I had no doubts, though, and hadn’t for some …

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What To Read Now || August 2018 (30 Minutes for 30 Days)

By all appearances, life is back to normal after two weeks of traveling with the girls and Aaron.  There’s an almond milk latte on my right and the sage hued linen curtains are pulled closed across the office window behind me. (A sight that Aaron will with one hundred percent certainty remark on if he walks in.)  Childcare has been arranged. My computer is open.  Yet I’m moving slower, as if still taking in Pollock at MoMA or observing the seagrass of Martha’s Vineyard bend as the wind wills it.  I’m okay with …

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10 Things that Make me Feel ‘Well’ in the Age of Health and Wellness

I was already planning on writing on this topic when I happened upon Goop.com this morning and their featured post of the day titled, “How a Pacific Northwest Glacier and the Ocean made an incredible clay.”  Let the record show that I have nothing against Goop or clay and actually rather enjoy the former and find the latter in mask form to be a very effective skin cleanser.  In a lot of ways this health and wellness bubble feels like the natural swing of the pendulum.  For decades the food we ate and the products we put on our …

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Happy Friday || Fave Links

Oh this has been a good week.  Aaron has been in Africa for the past 10 days and we miss him like crazy, but somehow there have been perfect little pockets of time for inspiring podcasts, organization projects, good friends, and connecting with my two little babes that I’m obsessed with.  The upside to the ninety degree weather we have been having is that I get to watch them swim and splash in the water– splash pad, friend’s pools, and the $6 inflatable pool that I scored at Marshall’s– which makes my heart …

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