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  • Jewels from the Roving Stove

    Tatjana left for England on Sunday, and I started to sink into my usual depths of despair when she leaves. I traditionally throw a big pity party (feeling sorry for myself for 24 hours) but I handled it differently this time. Okay, so I spent an hour sitting in her room crying and hugging a pillow that still had her scent on it, but then I decided it was time to stop behaving pathetically, and follow a little of my own advice. I’m never going to be thrilled that my daughter and I live on different continents, but writing a grateful list did indeed pull me out of my funk.

    The budding art appreciation stage

    The truth of the matter is I am SO lucky to have a daughter to miss so much in the first place! Then I started thinking about how proud I am of the woman she’s become, and why….

    I know we challenge each other to do and be our very best. Tatjana is not afraid to be brutally honest with me, and I know any criticism comes… Keep Reading »

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