I tickle my baby girl’s tummy as I close up a fresh diaper, gently guiding her tiny toes into her blue footie pajamas and narrating the snaps because this is […]


The dark brown eyes are begging me, his growing little boy face grinning and his dirty hands grabbing at my arm. “Mommy come play with us!” “Mommy come dance with […]


For much of my life, the word joy hung ever before me. Taunting me like a dangling carrot I could never grasp. Others seemed to have it already, but I […]


The afternoon sun is coming in our front window, falling on the pages as I sit down at the piano my parents scrounged to buy when I was thirteen. The […]


I had lost my sparkle. This was a big deal since Sparkle was the nickname my best friend gave me in college. She told me it was the gleam in […]

The Secret to Choosing Joy - Mary Carver at

My friend — and fellow (in)courage writer — Sara Frankl passed away in 2011, but she is still teaching me about choosing joy. As I worked on the book that […]


This last year was a whirlwind of change for me. Our family uprooted from the city we had lived in for over a decade — the city where my husband […]

I wonder if we’d be so gung-ho about New Year’s resolutions if January didn’t come so quickly after December. The holiday season, with all its fun and festivities and falalas, […]