Garage: 1, Carrie: 0

October 1, 2016 A few weeks ago I dropped my oldest, youngest, one-and-only daughter off at college.  And for those of you who have been following our story, you will be pleased (surprised? relieved?) to learn that I was able to maintain my composure and avoid falling apart as we got her settled and said…

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One by One

(This was written about three weeks ago, when I was anticipating sending Ellie off to college.  Much has happened since then, so I will follow this up with a “real-time” update soon…) August 15, 2016 There is a stretch along the rocky cliffs of California’s coastline where the houses are falling into the sea.  Some…

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Anomaly

In this day and age I know I’m an anomaly: a middle-aged woman who has never lived alone.  But it’s true.  Never.  Not ever. In my first year of college I lived in a small town in a grand house with white siding and a friendly porch–all framed by a pair of graceful oaks.  Nine…

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Field Trip

My 17-year-old daughter Ellie is in her own state of limbo this year, on the cusp of adulthood, so eager to head off to college and step out into a new, more positive phase of her life.  So she’s been trying to take crash courses in certain life skills she knows will come in handy…

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