THE LOVE HARD BOOK CLUB

For someone who loves to read as much as I do, I admit to being a pretty terrible book club member. Over the years, I’ve joined many with great enthusiasm and then failed to show up at the first meeting. In the rare event that I do show up for a meeting, I usually haven’t […]

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finding fearlessness

Today the new year is upon us. In the Maslin house, the coming of the new year is not January 1st, but a day of truly new beginnings: TC’s alive day. Four years ago today I woke up alone in my bed. I had no idea my husband lay on a neighbor’s porch only 7 […]

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what in the world?

Tomorrow marks our sweet Rosie Grace’s fourth week of life. And what’s happened over the past 28 days? Well, let’s see: mass murders in Nice, France and throughout the world, the slayings of innocent citizens and police officers in the U.S., and the constant mass hysteria surrounding November’s contentious election. I enjoy reading and learning […]

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Welcome, rosalie grace!

To say that it’s been a transformative summer would be a severe understatement. In the past month we said goodbye to the Capitol Hill condo we’ve called home for six years, parted ways with dear friends in the neighborhood, moved fully into our new house in the country, and welcomed our beautiful daughter Rosalie Grace […]

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if it’s not one thing, it’s zika.

Someone can’t wait to be a daddy to his baby girl! Friends, I’ll be honest. I’m fuming over here. I’ve just about lost my cool with the healthcare system and I’m trying hard to manage some serious frustration. At the end of February, I wrote about our scare with an arachnoid cyst diagnosis. It was […]

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love your brain

This morning while driving Jack to school, I observed a young father biking next to us, his daughter riding in the seat behind him. Neither dad nor daughter were wearing helmets.  This is not a particularly unusual scene in Capitol Hill. While I’m happy to report that the number of helmeted bikers far exceeds the […]

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It’s a……!

 The best laid plans in life, sigh. A few weeks ago I had two great intentions:1) To write more frequently on the blog2) To stay surprised about the gender of Baby #2 But then life intervened, handing me a giant smackdown in the form of flu and massive anxiety. I’ll explain further. After a wonderful […]

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new year, new adventures

From sunny Mexico to another historic blizzard in Washington, DC, it’s been an eventful 2016 so far! In case you’ve missed anything, here are our current 2016 stats: Jack is now 5-years-old with a little less than 5 months to go until kindergarten! His current obsessions include all things repitilian or prehistoric, cooking shows (The […]

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A Girl, A Log Cabin, and a Head Full of Neuroses

Last week I embarked on my first ever writing sabbatical. I dropped my son off at school Monday morning, packed the dog in the car, loaded up on goodies at Wegman’s, and listened to 4 hours of RadioLab as I drove to Deep Creek, MD.  A friend had generously loaned her cabin to me for […]

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The Promises We Make to Ourselves

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of conducting a phone interview with the man featured in the video below. His name is Bill Hansen (although he’s known as “Big Sarge”) and he’s a member of the Wounded Warriors organization. After returning from Iraq with multiple head injuries, Big Sarge has gone on to compete […]

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