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...
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...
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