A Plea for my Teens

************************************** We are one of the lucky families who haven’t had to face addiction with their teens, but I believe that all families need to have an open dialogue about the issues. I wrote this essay as something I would say directly to either one of my teens. ************************************** I thought we had covered all […]

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Help End Medicine Abuse

Addiction. An ugly word that conjures images of a messy drunk passed out in the alley behind the bar, or possibly a young person so completely caught in the grasp of methamphetamine abuse that she can’t remember a life before. But there is another side to the horrible face of addiction, and it’s no farther […]

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Kindergarten Rules

crayons on table

It seems these past few weeks that everywhere on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter the kids are heading back to school. Small people, medium-sized middle-schoolers and even a few college kids. Which means about half of the mommy population is giddy and crowding the local Starbucks; the other half left weeping in the school parking lot. […]

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The Writing of our Story

I almost answered too quickly. Yes! A thousand times! I really didn’t realize he was going to ask, until the scene started playing out in slow motion. And then I knew what was coming was a question that would change my life. Will you be my wife? Yes. There was nothing else I would rather […]

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Being 15

Fifteen. Fifteen years ago today, I held you in my belly for just a while longer… You yearned to get out. You made that clear with your powerful kicks and incessant hiccups. But I still had time. I wasn’t really ready yet. I had been too busy to make up the crib with fresh sheets, […]

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50 Stages of Motherhood

baby's foot

There is a progression of motherhood…a timeline we all follow. Some of us go through kicking and screaming, while others cheer louder with each smidge of progress towards the finish line. Our children inch closer to adulthood, while we apparently inch closer to the floor. I have lost 3/4 of an inch in height since […]

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May Memories

They say that a scent has the ability to trigger a memory, to take you back to a time in the past, no matter how distant. A friend claims the mere scent of a pot of tomato sauce simmering on the stove reminds her of her Italian grandmother’s house. The logical part of my brain […]

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