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Ghost Tour June 25, 2017

Why take a tour when you can take a ghost tour? I found myself in Savannah, GA for a work conference and, because this sort of thing is what passes for a vacation for my family, I dragged them all along.  They entertained themselves during the day while I was being educated but at night…

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I Hate My Son June 18, 2017

It’s probably wrong on a fundamental level for me to be so insanely jealous of my own child that I kind of hate him a little bit.  Jacob, whose friends are clearly of a higher quality than my own, is currently touring Italy and France with a friend of his and her family.  I’m not…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Job June 16, 2017

The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop “The Job” by Steve Osborne is a memoir by a retired New York City police officer, and it really is a must-read to understand the challenges and dangers faced by police officers. My husband is a retired police officer from metro Atlanta,…

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There’s a Salad in my Bathroom June 11, 2017

Note: This piece won 3rd place in the spring 2017 Fan Story non-fiction essay writing contest.     One of the most interesting things about being a parent is how often you find yourself saying things that you never thought you’d say.  There are plenty of sentences that have flown out of my mouth using common words with…

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR: Before You Were Mine June 9, 2017

Before You Were Mine Disclaimer: I was given a copy of “Before You Were Mine” by Em Muslin by the good folks at Books and the Bear in exchange for an honest review. “Before You Were Mine” tells the story of Eli Bell. Eli gets pregnant at 14, and her baby daughter is taken away…

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I Want a Wonder Woman Lunchbox June 4, 2017

It should surprise absolutely no one who has met me for more than twenty minutes that I went to see the new Wonder Woman movie the minute I was able, which was actually the day before the wide release premiere.  A movie theater near me was doing a special sneak preview, complete with a woman…

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Book Review — Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore June 2, 2017

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel I was utterly charmed by Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It appealed to everything nerdy in me, but at the same time was funny and warm. Clay Jannon* is an award winning designer who lost his job when the startup he worked for, NewBagel, went under. He…

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Mr. Talky May 28, 2017

I boarded the plane with the dread I always feel when required to sit next to strangers.  Who will be next to me?  Do they have the same hygiene standards as me?  Do they have the same sense of personal space?  Are they talkers?  Not a fan of talkers.  I’m on this plane to get…

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Participation Awards Bingo May 20, 2017

As the school year winds down, we find ourselves joyfully celebrating our children’s successes and patiently celebrating the successes of the other children in their classes that we might or might not know.  Yes, I’m talking about awards night, or, more to the point, awards nights, plural.  Everything has an awards night.  Each sports team,…

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Say Ahhh May 14, 2017

It isn’t terribly pleasant when a doctor has me open up my mouth and say ahh so she can get a peek at my throat.  I have a tendency to gag on the tongue depressor, and I find myself worrying about the quality of my breath.  But I’m not embarrassed.  There’s nothing humiliating or even humbling…

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