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On Parenting Teenagers and Being 17

Being 17 is ridiculous and stupid and brilliant and heartbreaking. It’s wearing too-short skirts and baggy flannels over tube tops. It’s heavy eyeliner and going to Indie concerts, it’s ghosting that mean girl on snapchat, and crying for weeks because your boyfriend...

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My Addiction to News and Other Shiny Objects

If you’re anything like me, you like your coffee with heavy cream, your margaritas on the rocks, and the last six months feels like a permanent lock-in on a Tilt-A-Whirl Carnival Ride in a bad Jodie Foster film from the 70’s, and the kid next to you keeps throwing up...

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Back to School Facebook Drama

[Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash] If you and your kids aren't getting along, today is all dark on Facebook. First Day of School photos are crammed into every stream, gelled hair, fresh outfits, beautiful porches, adorable girls and boys holding Pinterest-y signs,...

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On New Year’s Resolutions

[Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash ] It’s the dead of winter, people. Happy New Year. The days are short and dark, our families have drained our energies in the name of Love and Tradition.  The trees stand bare, the rabid squirrels are foraging, until the frost...

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Tit for Tat and Other Medical Mysteries

My love jugs have been screened every year since I turned 36 years old.  Which, coincidentally was the last time I wore a bikini in public. Paper gown, opened to the front. Lead apron, wrapped loosely around the waist. Florescent lights, poured abundantly over pale...

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My Little Branded Heart

[ Photo by Mroux Bulikowska on Unsplash ] I’ve never been great at clipping coupons or holding out for milk and eggs until Super Saver Dollar Days.  But if I cruise by a 24-pack of canned tuna on sale, you can bet it’ll be in my pantry by noon.  Impulsive deals are...

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Hotel Sheets and Other Looming Fears

[Photo by Bill Anastas on Unsplash] After 4 days in Disneyland last week, I’m letting go of Travel Fear. Right up there with Stranger Danger, and Don’t Touch the Handrail. Sure, I’ve been known to feel a bit queasy when I first swipe my key card, pausing in front of...

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More Gratitude, Less Guilt

[ Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash ] Things could always be worse. You could slip into a burning volcano, inadvertently crush a sleeping baby on the subway, get caught in the middle of a raccoon death match while you’re buying kettle corn for your six year old....

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Post #1: A Preface of Sorts

[Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash] Funny thing about Firsts: there ‘s a looming hope toward a fabulous outcome, but there’s no real evidence that success will arrive dressed and ready for dinner. My first little publication was sold door-to-door when I was ten,...

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