Family Archive

  • Every year I am amazed by how much older you are and how much you’ve grown. You are 6. It’s been six years since you were born. Six years! One Saturday […]

    A Letter to My Oldest Daughter on Your 6th Birthday

    Every year I am amazed by how much older you are and how much you’ve grown. You are 6. It’s been six years since you were born. Six years! One Saturday […]

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  • Today is your birthday. No, today is the actual day you were born. Hi, we’re your family. Laura–you can call her mom–is going to teach you how to draw, and […]

    A Letter to My Second Daughter on the Day You Were Born

    Today is your birthday. No, today is the actual day you were born. Hi, we’re your family. Laura–you can call her mom–is going to teach you how to draw, and […]

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  • I have never felt more Texas pride than when I sat watching State Senator Wendy Davis filibustering the abortion bill for more than 11 hours. And then, I felt even […]

    Heroes for My Daughter: Wendy Davis, Democrats in the Texas Legislature, and their Supporters

    I have never felt more Texas pride than when I sat watching State Senator Wendy Davis filibustering the abortion bill for more than 11 hours. And then, I felt even […]

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  • I can’t believe you are five years old. I can’t believe how much has happened in the past 12 months. Amelia, you are becoming a really sweet and thoughtful little […]

    A Letter to My Daughter on her 5th Birthday

    I can’t believe you are five years old. I can’t believe how much has happened in the past 12 months. Amelia, you are becoming a really sweet and thoughtful little […]

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  • Born in 1864, Nellie Bly was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Jane Cochran (later Cochrane). When she was just six, her father died leaving 10 children from a previous marriage and a widow […]

    Heroes for my Daughter: Nellie Bly

    Born in 1864, Nellie Bly was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Jane Cochran (later Cochrane). When she was just six, her father died leaving 10 children from a previous marriage and a widow […]

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  • You are 4. Four years old. It’s been a long year and we’ve asked a lot of you. We asked you to leave your home and leave behind your best […]

    A Letter to My Daughter on her 4th Birthday

    You are 4. Four years old. It’s been a long year and we’ve asked a lot of you. We asked you to leave your home and leave behind your best […]

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  • Not so long ago Laura and I were doing laundry just like any other week. As usual, there was too much to do and not enough time. We filled the […]

    Doing it Myself

    Not so long ago Laura and I were doing laundry just like any other week. As usual, there was too much to do and not enough time. We filled the […]

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  • As I reflect over the past year on this, the eve of my 34th birthday, it feels as though little has changed. On the surface, it hasn’t. Laura is still […]

    Another Year

    As I reflect over the past year on this, the eve of my 34th birthday, it feels as though little has changed. On the surface, it hasn’t. Laura is still […]

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  • You were supposed to be born around February 2nd. So January 25th started just like any other day, except that your mom and I slept incredibly well. For the last […]

    A Letter to My Daughter on Her 3rd Birthday

    You were supposed to be born around February 2nd. So January 25th started just like any other day, except that your mom and I slept incredibly well. For the last […]

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  • Hunting never set well with me. I was never comfortable firing a gun. To me, a gun and the consequence of its use are more power than any single individual […]

    Hunting for Purpose

    Hunting never set well with me. I was never comfortable firing a gun. To me, a gun and the consequence of its use are more power than any single individual […]

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