When I picked Sage up after school yesterday, I knew something was up: His eyes were darting as though little joyful minnows were swimming around in his skull. But since we were at the public library, I had to wait to learn the minnows’ origin until we were in the privacy of our car. Then […]

Sage’s oldest friend Emery came to visit last weekend. They’d been friends since they were babies, but Emery is, well, a GIRL, and I’ve been dreading the day when they can no longer have innocent overnights. When she first arrived, I was afraid that day had already come. Granted, the two hadn’t seen each other […]

On a recent visit to some good friends, Sage experienced a full range of Things That Delight Small Boys. Among them were a big machine… and a little dog… All in all, it was a very satisfying day, capped off with some sun-lit relaxation in a comfy chair that Sage’s fuzzy new pal graciously shared […]

I’m pleased to report that Sage has a new BFF: a little boy who lives just a few miles away but, because he lives on the border of the neighboring school district, just transferred to Sage’s school this year. It was love–or the little boy equivalent, anyway–at first sight. Sage begged me to set up […]

A few nights ago, there was an unexpected knock at the door. At first, I assumed that Paul had been on Amazon again. I thought it was odd for a delivery to be made so long past dark, but I opened the door fully expecting to sign for something. It wasn’t a deliveryman, though; it […]

This is a story for a new year: a combination of loss and epiphany—a beginning unfurling beyond an end. It starts on a hill, a steep descent where the road had been bordered by enwombing trees—a cool shady tunnel during the summer, a place where ferns and flowers nestled against the almost vertical edge on […]

Despite my best intentions, eco-friendly, service-oriented gifts just aren’t cutting it with Sage: It’s Legos and remote-control vehicles all the way. Grandma Mary Ann and Papa scored a major coup with the Mother of All Christmas Gifts–a remote control Lego set. (Although it can be constructed in several different ways, its current incarnation is a […]