Author: Gina Wagner

02 Jul Alaska

I stared at the turquoise blue water and wondered: How will I feel tomorrow if I don't jump? We were several miles into a hike across the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Crampons strapped to our boots, we traversed a wide blanket of ice,...

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24 May peach pickers

The tradition: The day after school lets out we make a trip to the peach orchard. This year, I underestimated the kids' reach and ability to pick peaches quickly. The result? In less than 30 minutes, they'd picked 29 pounds. We have a lot of work ahead...

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07 May The Patchwork Mother

I'm re-posting an essay I wrote a few years ago for Mama Moderne. It's as true today as it was then, and some recent face-to-face conversations with friends made me realize how many women have complicated relationships with their mothers, and how many have wrapped...

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05 May IKEA hack art station

Lately, the kids' art projects have been taking over the whole house. Everywhere I step, there's evidence of coloring, cutting, gluing, painting, folding. I love it. And I hate it, because it's EVERYWHERE. Marker scribbles on my desk. Scissors on my favorite vintage dresser. Crayons and...

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