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These Lines Across My Face Tell the Story

Many years ago, Brandi Carlile wrote and sang a song called ‘The Story.’ The song is an internal monologue of a woman singing about who everyone thinks she is versus who she actually is. This song speaks to me. See, all the lines across my face and scars on my body tell the story of […]

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I Just Blinked

Time seems to pass in the blink of an eye. I listened to an interview with Barry Gibb the other day — the handsome Gibb brother from the BeeGees. Yes, I know, some of you have probably never heard of the BeeGees. He sounded old, which made me feel old, and I wondered where the […]

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A Parent’s Guide to Smartphone Apps

So, you got your kid a smartphone. Seemed like a good idea at the time. They’re useful, increase social standing, AND OPEN YOUR KID’S LIFE UP TO ALL KINDS OF DANGERS. I don’t mean to alarm parents who unwittingly gave their freshman, eighth grader, fifth grader, little lamb a cell phone. Technology on its own is a very useful tool, but […]

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The Case for a Simple Holiday

It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of holiday traditions. We all want to make memories that last a lifetime and instill a sense of holiday tradition in our kids. But, are we making ourselves stressed and unpleasant for the entire month instead? Do our children remember the great times ice skating […]

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A Journal of Novembers

November is a bittersweet month for me. It is the month that I started my mother’s journal and seems to be a month when trouble comes calling. I am wearing a johnny. A hospital gown.   It doesn’t open in the back as usual, mine opens to the front and I have my pants and shoes […]

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