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I’m Proud Every Month June 8, 2018

The month of June is known in the United States for many things, among them, the fact that it has been designated Pride Month, to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in NYC in June of 1969.  The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer [LGBTQ] community calls it “Pride” Month to contrast with the shame they are…

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For the Love of Worry May 17, 2018

My Dad is in the hospital. This, naturally, is cause for alarm, and I worry. My parents live 600 miles away from me, so it isn’t so easy for me to just go and check as often as I’d like. The older my parents get, the more I fret about each thing that occurs. Every…

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Sleep Training my Teenager March 2, 2018

I’m having to sleep train my teenage daughter.  You remember sleep training, don’t you?  When your sweet precious angel baby was six months old and you thought if you didn’t get three whole hours of sleep in a row that you’d leave that sweet tender thing out for the dingoes?  So you let her cry…

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Game Changer December 22, 2017

My life has recently changed for the better.  My son got his driver’s license, and it is an absolute game changer. We did not run out and buy him a new car.  Rather, the old minivan that we bought when I was pregnant with him, is his for the using.  It runs just fine, and…

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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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Dress Code Blues August 5, 2017

‘Tis the beginning of the school year, and, ergo, ‘tis the time of year in which teenagers all around the world get huffy about their schools’ dress codes.  The teenagers in my house are no exception. I take that back.  My teenage son doesn’t much care, since it doesn’t really affect him.  Boy fashion is…

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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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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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