I Miss Hugs

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I miss hugs.  This pandemic has brought about so many strange and difficult circumstances. But one of the worst things for me is the sheer fact that I can't hug anyone (aside from my husband and kids, of course). If...
When a friend loses a baby or pregnancy, it's really hard to know what to do and say. And often, the mother cannot really express what she needs. The first year after pregnancy or infant loss is especially difficult. As...
Growing up my family didn’t really do Halloween. It just wasn’t a thing for us. We never dressed up or went trick or treating. We lived way out in the country so we didn’t really have kids come by...
Nearly a dozen years ago, I was at a California beach visiting my then boyfriend. After a picnic lunch, we went for a walk and he started telling me he couldn't imagine life without me, and he didn't want...
Once upon a time I had two “friends” who were pretty obsessed with making snide remarks about women who don't work; as in, being a mom was not a "real" job. They would brag about their Bachelors degrees in...

Finding The Good

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One of my children is more naturally a pessimist than the other. This child can go to a birthday party, happy to be surrounded with friends and games, living it up, and then on the way home say, "That...
May 18, 2007 is a day I will never forget. It's the day my grandmother passed away.  My grandmother, Carmella, was an integral part of my life. I was as close to her as I am to my mother. From...
Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13. While this is not generally met with much enthusiasm by the general public, it is in our household. I lost both of my grandfathers before I could remember, to various illnesses. Before my paternal...
When I was younger, I remember never getting along with my biological father. I can remember asking - practically begging - my mom when they would get divorced because even as a child I knew it wasn't good relationship....

The Music of Me

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Growing up, I was surrounded by music. It didn’t matter what genre it was, if my dad considered it “good music” we were listening to it. Mom was all country, southern gospel, and Whitney Houston. Dad filled in the...
  Good gracious, y’all. What a time it’s been, huh? A global pandemic that will. Just. Not. Quit. The politicizing of everything about that pandemic. Racial unrest like I’ve never seen in all my 50 years. Time to think about all...
This month my husband and I will be celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary. Unlike the last three anniversaries, thanks to the military, we will actually be in the same time zone to celebrate. Over the past few years...
My husband and I were sitting in our dining room eating the sweetest watermelon we've had all season. While doing so, we got into a discussion about following your own path and knowing when it's time change direction. And...
It’s that time of year again and the anxiety of trying to figure out what to get dad for Father’s Day is back! I don’t know about you, but I often struggle the most with buying for the men in...
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Columbia Mom EATS :: The Corner Blend

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The first time I went to Soda City Market I kept seeing people walk by with these AMAZING looking fruit bowls. I eventually stopped...

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