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About elsmama

I am prone to speaking before having engaged my brain. This has caused some strife, and much laughter.

I got some news today, oh boy.

I got some news today from the doctor’s office. This fall has been a challenging one for me. I found myself with a cracked root in a molar that I had previously had roto-rootered (not fun when you are apparently … Continue reading

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As I was sitting in the bathtub soaking my nether parts for reasons of my own, I started thinking about the word, “commiserate.” The standard definition of this word means to feel pity or sympathy for, but I would like … Continue reading

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I guess I picked the wrong week to stop sniffin’ glue…

You’ve Got A Friend I’m in a mood. I am struggling mightily with holiday preparation. I’m struggling also with loss, and with my physical self. Struggle sucks.

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Prayer of the Children

Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor, arr. Andrea S. Klouse Can you hear the prayer of the children on bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room? Empty eyes with no more tears to cry turning heavenward toward … Continue reading

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I Don’t Do Sadness Well

I don’t like to cry. I don’t do it well, I look red-faced and awful when I do it, and so I avoid crying in the same way I would avoid a root canal without anesthetic. If there is a … Continue reading

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Just for randomness’s sake

I’m all about the weird today. I wish I had the sort of life that lent itself to riding public transportation at night when the interesting people are there. Then again, maybe I don’t. But it is fun to consider. … Continue reading

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Trying to avoid my inner Grinch

So, this season is really not my favorite. Yes, my birthday is next week. Yes, there is excitement on the kids’ faces and in their hearts. Yes, we have a home and food and clothing. We are fortunate in the … Continue reading

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The Great Fuzzy Hunter WannaBe

Cute, isn’t he? He perches atop the cat condo, watching the squirrels and birds out the window, then launches himself into the glass. It’s funny.

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A friend of mine yesterday posted a picture of his adolescent son on Facebook. The love he has for his child is breathtaking, and it occurred to me that there are not huge amounts of men who could so unabashedly … Continue reading

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I Give Myself Permission to Love My Geekitude

In my former, pre-child life, I was a self-taught computer dweeb. It’s not at I had a typical immersive love affair with them, but I did (and still do) get that computers are pretty useful, quite fun, and capable of … Continue reading

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