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  • Happiness

    Happiness is like a butterfly

    My thoughts turn to butterflies on the first day of summer. I love this quote. Happiness can be elusive. A corollary, from All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, by Jennifer Senior: It is unrealistic…to assume that if all goes well in a child’s life, he or she will be happy. Not […]

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  • Self-Absorption

    Is blogging narcissistic?

    Yes, I blog. About my life. It’s a little self-absorbed, I know. I don’t pretend otherwise. Did you notice that the logo for this blog is me talking to myself? In Don’t Get too Comfortable, David Rakoff writes about his moment of peak self-absorption: My fasting program warns me to stay vigilant against unhealthy ego […]

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  • What is Your Least Favorite Fruit?

    At an appointment when Ted was about five years old, I slipped the pediatrician a note asking him to speak about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. I needed an ally. The doctor broached the topic conversationally. “Ted,” he said, “what is a fruit or vegetable that you really don’t like?” Silence. I was […]

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  • Women In Math

    You may have seen this flyer making the rounds on social media: According to the BYU Math Department, the flyer design was not satire, but instead, well-intentioned outreach. No hard feelings, at least from me. I visit the Math Department on our campus often. The walls have lots of interesting attractions: flyers, posters describing research, […]

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  • Coconut Shrimp

    I was at a New Year’s party. It was catered and servers were passing trays. Everything was really yummy, including the coconut shrimp. The poor guy, though, who kept approaching people with his shrimp plate. After a time, he got a lot of polite refusals. As a parent and a person who works with young […]

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  • Anniversary of Motherhood

    Today is my anniversary of motherhood, otherwise known as my older child’s birthday. I’ve been thinking a lot about parenthood recently. The following warning has already been delivered to the relevant people: You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved […]