True Grace

We had such sad news this week. My son Matthew’s friend died, a young man I knew best as a sweet and shy seventh grader. To put a positive spin on this would be a crime. He was a boy who struggled, and that is all there is to say. I saw joyful light the
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Our Thanksgiving Pile Up

A big comfort-food meal, gathering with gratitude in mind, these are the reasons Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I am not going to say it’s not stressful because it is. You have to make a lot of things—this one’s favorite this, that one’s favorite that. I can’t help but get cranky and high pitched in
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A Beautiful Name

Maya Angelou is a beautiful, poetic name. Ms. Angelou honored it with her generous spirit and eloquence. She comforted and inspired me many times. I will miss her because she meant love. My daughter Emma Antonia Goldman just graduated from high school. I think Emma and Antonia are the perfect combination. All together, her name
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Living in A Village

I am reminded what living in a village feels like when I visit my Dad and my Uncle Tony. They live in Larchmont, NY. There, I stroll to Aroma, the coffee shop where the owner greets each customer by name. The first time I visited he looked at me with a confused, almost pained expression because he couldn’t place
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Everyone’s Mom

Kay Math is a wonder and a beloved aunt. In addition to parenting her five children, she is a mom to many of her nieces and nephews. She taught me how to sew, iron, shuck corn, slice a tomato and churn butter. By example, she showed me how to be a gracious hostess and a
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