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The Pursuit of Excellence

(I wrote this piece for the January 2023 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) As we prepare for 2023, you may be making some New Year’s resolutions. If so, please let this recovering perfectionist share a final … Continue reading

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Letting Go

(I wrote this piece for the December 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) Did you ever see the Pixar movie Finding Nemo? My favorite part is when Marlin and Dory are hanging onto taste buds on … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

(I wrote this piece for the November 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) I am a recovering perfectionist. For whatever reason, I entered motherhood with the deeply engrained mental habit of criticizing myself almost constantly. By … Continue reading

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The Joys of Good Fiction

(I wrote this piece for the October 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) One of the countless things that I owe to my excellent mother is my love of reading good fiction. She read bedtime stories … Continue reading

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Wisdom: Putting All the Virtues Together

(I wrote this piece for the September 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) For the past several months, we have considered several virtues which mothers should cultivate—such as humility, temperance, and meekness—and the corresponding vices which … Continue reading

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Meekness: The Virtue Governing Our Emotions

(I wrote this piece for the August 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) Let’s be honest: women sometimes deserve our reputation of being too emotional. When our emotions help us experience compassion for another and prompt … Continue reading

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Summer Declutter and the Virtue of Temperance

(I wrote this piece for the July 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) When my boys and I put away the schoolbooks for the summer, one of my favorite things to do is declutter the house. … Continue reading

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A Father’s Day Gift

(I wrote this piece for the June 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) In honor of Father’s Day, I would like to encourage wives to respect and appreciate their husbands. Feminism has helped to correct some … Continue reading

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Miserable Pride vs. Joyful Humility

(I wrote this piece for the May 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) How can we find joy and peace in motherhood? By embracing the difficult work of growing in virtue and fighting against vice as … Continue reading

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Womanly Intuition

(I wrote this piece for the April 2022 newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) I would like to begin my “corner” by considering some ancient ideas about knowledge and ethics: intuition, virtue, and vice. As mothers, … Continue reading

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