Author: Sarah B Anderson

About Time and Kids, School and Seasons

I noticed the clock this morning as Rodney closed the garage door behind him, the silhouettes of two tow-headed little boys moving and wriggling and adjusting, visible through the windows of the car as it pulled out of the driveway. I waved, my coffee cup in hand. I yelled out what I had already told them a half dozen times already this morning: “Be brave, be wise, be kind!” But the windows were up, the car was on, their attention on buckling their seat belts. I’m not sure they heard me. I went inside and scanned the counter tops...

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On Getting Older

The lines that used to appear as a parentheses to my mouth only under close inspection, and only when actually smiling seem suddenly—though I know it’s not “sudden”, because getting older isn’t ever sudden—more pronounced. These days I wear sunglasses to shield my eyes from the sun, but mostly to hide the crow’s feet around them and prevent the onset of more wrinkles. Lately I’ve noticed every now and again what looks suspiciously like a gray hair, or, maybe, as I try to convince myself, just maybe, it’s a very light blond hair I suddenly started getting—even though my...

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On Taking Sides, Finding Our Base, And Making a New Way

There’s a common piece of political advice that says to, “never abandon your base”, essentially meaning, never turn your back on those who got you where you are. Find your people. And make yourself comfortable. Who they have decided you will be, you must continue to be. It’s more obvious than ever these days that the political and religious spheres and bases haven’t exactly made it easy for its leaders to evolve and grow. Because the people who got those leaders where they are, aren’t necessarily changing with them. And when they start to show cracks in their solidarity...

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How Not To Be A Political Christian

When you grow up in the suburbs of Washington DC, like I did, the things you worry about as a kid are different. At least in my house and in my mind they were. I went to sleep at night wondering about the breakdown of Supreme Court justices, whether our party would maintain or take Congress back, and the pros and cons of campaign finance reform. It didn’t seem strange at the time. It seemed normal. Now, I realize it is a little bizarre. The term “big tent” is a political one. And in case you tuned out during...

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The Best Part About Getting Away With Your Spouse

A couple of years ago Rodney and I went on a vacation—without kids—and had another couple join us. We got there the day before they did and when they arrived we were lounging by the pool, table side guacamole being eaten and fruity drinks in our hand. They approached and we hugged and laughed and asked about the trip and then we all sighed. Because we had actually gotten away. We had managed the chaos that is planning trips apart from your children—the scheduling of various sports practices and the games that weekend, the idiosyncrasies of each kid—like how...

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Hi! I’m Sarah

Hi! I’m Sarah, wife to Rodney, mom to Asher and Pace, and writer—although I’m still trying to figure out how to do all three of those things. Sometimes I like books more than people, and all of the time I like French fries more than salad. I live in Georgia but I dream of the mountains.
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