Category Archives: Kalista

Justin’s daughter is the center of his universe. Naturally, he writes a lot about her … and he doesn’t care if people call him sappy for doing so.

Twenty years of sweetness

I thought I was going to die. Twenty years ago this month, when I was 10, I didn’t think I’d live to be 11. Now I’m quite certain I’ll hit at least 60, which is all the older I think … Continue reading

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When all you have is faith

I cannot protect my child all of the time. I already knew that, but it reached a new level after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday. Twenty children my daughter’s age died. Several of the educators who died were … Continue reading

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The fabric of our lives

“I want to try this one.” Her tiny hands touched the green playground slide, gripping the raised edges as the rest of her body climbed aboard. She wanted to experience the twisty slide – the more dangerous of the playground’s … Continue reading

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Uncle Dickie

Earlier this year, my 72-year-old uncle moved from Pennsylvania to my parents’ house in South Carolina. His name is Richard, but we’ve always known him as “Dickie.” It wasn’t much of a mystery to me why Uncle Dickie was living … Continue reading

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The drama of drama: learning through our children

My 7-year-old daughter loves being the center of attention. But she can’t stand being laughed at. The very thought of making a mistake or inciting laughter by doing something she didn’t mean to be funny is enough to shake her confidence, … Continue reading

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Killing time

While time in general goes by quickly, time as a parent has never truly existed. Moments as a mother or father end as soon as they begin, leaving the lot of us dazed and hoping we never forget these pockets of time. This … Continue reading

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Plain endings

There are happy endings, bitter endings and plain endings. If I could choose between the three, the one I would not choose is the plain variety. Happy endings are amicable resolutions. Everyone likes happy endings. Even me. Bitter endings, meanwhile, … Continue reading

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