Smaller Grown-ups

If you have children, remember one thing above all else: That is a whole person. Speak to them and treat their questions and considerations as if they were already full-sized, so that they know how important they are to you. Children really are our future, and when they grow up, you don’t want them hating […]

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Serving a Purpose

Note: This is brought over from my old blog, where I posted regularly for years, working to overcome my fear of communicating publicly. As most of you know, I started this blog in order to get over my fear of writing in public. Now, having now been published three times, the goal is complete! I […]

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Published Works

My Writing has been being published lately. Those of you who follow this blog know that I started it to get over my fear of writing publicly, and I did. By leaps and bounds. Here are some of my recently published works: Bridezilla¬†– On “Stories my Friends Started” The Particular Man – Published in “On […]

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Smack Talking About the Ex

My ex-husband and I were discussing smack talking about exes the other day. We both see that come up in parenting groups on Facebook. I don’t think it’s cool to do that. Sure, you might have a beef with him or her. You’re exes, it comes with the territory. But if you’ve got kids with […]

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Not a Christmas Person

If you must do Christmas the way the commercials want you to, try to buy locally and avoid the chain stores. Support your local economy, by shopping where the money stays local, feeding a family instead of a global conglomerate. Just a thought for those of you who are already a-tingle with Christmas fever. I’m […]

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Framing Mary Jane

I realize that you will mostly disagree with me. But here’s the way I think: The entire debate about marijuana/medical marijuana in this country is backward, and the intended solution of Pharma-controlled distribution only makes the problems I have mentioned before worse. Attempting to solve the drug crisis in this country by making legal vendors […]

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A Month Spent Away

I have spent the last month in Costa Rica. A week of that was awash in absolute pandemonium, with 17 children from my daughters school present. It was exhausting, and very compressed. The rest of the time has been spent in a peaceful quiet solitude, mostly walking on beaches. I needed it. Life has given […]

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New Directions

For the last umpteen years (17 to be precise) my life has been dominated by the various neccessities related to raising children. Within short order, they’ll stop attending college part time and head off somewhere full time. They already spend most of their time working, on course, in school, babysitting, on projects, and at various […]

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Finally Official

My writing here wasn’t official. Here’s my first officially published – in print – story. The rest were on websites or under another’s name. Here is the announcement! http://inkslingersguild.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/the-authors-of-into-the-abyss-presented-by-the-ink-slingers-guild/ It was as much of a heartbreak to be published as I thought, and the editorial process on something that has my name on it and […]

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Quick as a Wink

I have poised and industrious, dignified, competent children. I should be completely over the moon. And honestly, I am. Don’t get me wrong. But a really big part of me wishes they’d go back to being 6 again so we could do the last ten years over again. (Maybe this time with money.) They’re sixteen. […]

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