Great Faith and Great Courage

There is a single prayer I pray every day, often many times a day, lately with every breath. “God, help me be brave.” This is still relatively new to me. I didn’t grow up praying. I didn’t grow up in a church. And so when I decided I needed to start having a dialog with […]

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In Case You Had Forgotten
In Case You Had Forgotten | lizpetrone.com

In case you have forgotten, like I do sometimes The world is still full of beauty Babies are being born right now Or being made People are touching each other, hugging, wiping tears, opening doors Mothers are kissing foreheads and tucking errant curls behind ears and sending their new light out into the world to […]

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38 Things I Now Know For Sure
38 Things I Know For Sure | lizpetrone.com

 I’ve been reading every Buzzfeed article on quantum physics I can get my hands on so I’m basically an astrophysicist now and I can tell you that yes, it’s true, time just goes by faster and faster with each passing year. This year I turn 38, which means I am both at once the oldest […]

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A Trick of the September Light

My boy ran his first cross country race this weekend. I arrived just in time to see him ready at the starting line, probably a full foot shorter than the kids crowded around him and jostling for space. I needed to reach him before the gun went off–“Mommy, will there REALLY be a gun there?” […]

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This is a Love Letter to the Sisterhood

This a love letter to the sisterhood. This is an homage to all the women who hold us up. The ones who walk before, leaving a trail of wisdom crumbs behind for us to follow in the dark. The ones who walk at our side, whispering those two sweetest words like a salve to our […]

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The Pain is the Price of Admission

I hear it float down to me from upstairs, first the creak of a door opening, then footsteps, then a voice, tentative, calling down to me. “Mommy?” I contemplate pretending I didn’t hear. He’s supposed to be in bed, long asleep by now since it’s late. Hell, I should be asleep too, it’s that kind […]

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