I was recently contemplating a phenomenon I've encountered throughout my life that always makes me pause: people sharing strong opinions at unnecessary or unprompted times. I've been in the traditional workplace for 14 years and have witnessed the following on...
The year was 1998. The month was November, and I was a couple of days away from turning twenty-four. I was also only a couple of days away from losing the freedom of having a room of my own. See,...
Is love grandiose gestures or small thoughtful things? Ideally both, right? But where would you find that perfect man who would lavish you with large, over the top romantic outpourings on special occasions, and consistently shower you with small daily...
A lot of people base their lives off of titles. Because a person has a title (or special place) in your life, you feel as though they should be there. When a title doesn’t mean they have to love you....
My daughter loves Valentine's Day. She loves choosing the perfect cards to hand out to her classmates. She loves watching the special Valentine's Day episodes of her favorite shows. She loves baking Valentine's Day cookies with me and decorating...
I have been a real shrew lately. I mean, I have NO grace left to give and everyone around me knows it and feels it. I, like so many of us, am feeling super stressed right now. Let's face it...
We are raising children in a time of extreme division and pressure. It can leave parents wondering what they can do to make difference with limited time, resources, and potentially lack of knowledge. I sat down with a good friend...
2020 is the first year many of us can agree: it sucked.  A lot, if not most of us, know someone that has been sick or passed away from COVID-19.  I don't think I know anyone who hasn't had...

I’m Not A Good Friend

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I'm not a good friend. And I'm not too proud to admit that. Before I had kids, I was a great friend. (If I do say so myself.) I was thoughtful and remembered birthdays. I celebrated my friends' successes. I...
"Bereaved" is an odd word, isn't it? It has an old-fashioned feel to it, hearkening back to a time when there were certain rituals that accompanied a time of mourning. Maybe it was how someone dressed or the activities...
I don't remember ever being overly excited about Thanksgiving. As an only child from a ... let's say ... odd family, I would watch holiday movies with intense interest. Who were these people? How did so many of them...

Honoring Veterans

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On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of the year, global leaders came together to officially end World War 1. The war to end all wars, leaving more than 40 million dead across the...

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...
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Weekend Events for Kids

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