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My Box. MINE. October 13, 2017

I’m not really a stuff person, not really.  I mean, I have stuff, too much stuff (mostly books), but I recognize that I don’t have much of anything that couldn’t be replaced with insurance money.  Most of my stuff I’d be better off getting rid of.      In fact, most of my stuff isn’t really…

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Teenager Exchange Program September 29, 2017

In the division of labor in the Duff house, my daughter has what is probably the easiest job – emptying the dishwasher.  It isn’t hard to do, or particularly time consuming.  Rather than thank her lucky stars that she isn’t required to clean around the toilet her brother aims at poorly, she complains that this…

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It Comes in Threes September 16, 2017

                Honestly, the day started out just fine if you don’t count the fact that I had to set my alarm for 6 on a Saturday morning.  I drove my son to his rehearsal at the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, drank coffee and wrote in the audience, and was generally peaceful, if a little sleepy. …

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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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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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Get a Job, Kid January 29, 2017

“Get a Job, Kid!” I can’t count the number of times I’ve said this in response to a sentence that starts “Mooooomm!  I waaaaant.” Well, my boy finally took my advice. My boy, who is now so old that if he goes a few days without shaving you can see the stubble on his jawline…

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Way Back in the Way Back. December 11, 2016

Back before the laws of physics were passed and no one wore seat belts because we all believed it would be safer to be ‘flung free,’ my parents owned a big blue Chevy Caprice Station Wagon.  My sister and I would fight over who got to sit in the ‘way back’ amongst the groceries and…

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