Maybe you’re like me. Maybe every day in some way you feel like a newly fallen turnip. A rookie. A beginner. A little wet behind the ears. When I had a baby, I glanced over my shoulder to discover regurgitated breast milk dripping down my back. That’s when everything — not just motherhood — seemed a little more important. A little more up in a ponytail. A little more up in the air.

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The Quiet Wait

January 2015 New Year’s is a loud event. The old, old lady within me just wants to find a piece of plaid flannel and hunker down in front of a dying fire, with only the soft tick-tick-tick of the clock to announce 2015. But no. There’ll be fanfare. We’ll have the TV on and someone…   read more

The Chrysalis Effect

(Chatter Editor Letter, October 2013) You might have heard of the butterfly effect, but I’ve been enamored recently with something I can only dub the “chrysalis effect.” Chrysalis: just a fancy term for a butterfly’s cocoon, the gold pupa that breaks apart to deliver the fluttering wings and buzzing legs and fuzzy body we love…   read more

The Rock Eternal

(Chatter Letter from the Editor, August) “Why did Jesus die on the cross, Maddie?” I asked my two-year-old. We were in the car heading out of the church parking lot. My five-year-old son interrupted: “He died because the Roman guards were mean.” Maddie disagreed. “No! He died because he fell and skinned his knee!” Skinning…   read more

Celebrating 100 Issues of Chatter

(Chatter Letter From the Editor, July 2013) Except for the few months I was busy bringing a human baby into the world, I have been Chatter’s editor since March of 2009 when someone saw my blog and thought I might be odd enough to fill such a position. The years since have accounted for 53…   read more

Quacking Up

(Chatter Editor Letter, June) In an effort to “Diaz-inate” myself — a term I developed in college for “working out” a la Cameron Diaz — I have been expanding my small horizons. I started by upping the intensity level on the Stair Master. (What a mistake!) Still believing myself capable of more, I signed up…   read more

Waiting on the Couch (Chatter Letter from the Editor, May)

There are few things in life more sobering than waiting with a child who is about to vomit. I have been to funerals, ill-advised weddings, under-rehearsed school productions, and awkward Sunday brunches, but all of those pale in comparison to the dread-filled silence before your baby “yawns in technicolor.” I held vigil for four days…   read more

The March Easter Muddle

I was appalled in mid-January when I received a catalog advertising Easter decorations. I had just swept the last of my Christmas tree needles away, and was proud of myself for just putting up some Valentine’s window decals. “I’m not ready for this,” I thought. Easter, you need to pack up your moss and Cadbury…   read more

Sick Again? Seek again. (Chatter Letter from the editor, February 2013)

During one of the first years we really started observing Lent at IBC, I was pregnant with my son Drew. He was the size of a lima bean in February of 2007, but he might as well have been Andre the Giant Baby. I was so, so morning sick. And so, so tired. Every day…   read more

Here We Come a-Chattering

(Chatter Letter from the editor, December) Whenever my high school choir would get too rowdy and loud during the month of December, our director would punish us collectively by making us sing all eight verses of “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming.” An old-fashioned English Christmas carol, “Lo, How a Rose” is an undisputed classic,…   read more

Saving Seats

(Chatter Letter from the Editor, November) Have you ever fallen asleep in a chair? Maybe an airplane chair? An easy chair? Sometimes I fall asleep in theater seats, or in the passenger seat of the car, but none of those chairs compare to falling asleep in a rocking chair, or a big leather armchair by…   read more