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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Today We All Graduate

My youngest stepdaughter graduates from college today. This morning’s ceremony and the afternoon’s celebration are a tribute to the achievements of a child now turned woman. She’s grown and succeeded, matured and failed, faltered and galloped while often surprising herself. She’s fantastic.
Like most rites of passage in a child’s life, this moment is not only [...]

Did I Really Do That?

What was I thinking when I committed to 30 posts in 30 days? I’m quite certain I may have momentarily lost my mind, but a commitment is a commitment and I’m barreling down the runway ready to pull up the landing gear August 1st.
You can help me reach the goal. Is there something I’ve previously [...]

Blogging is Like Sex

I’d like to report that I’ve spent the last 24 days unplugged from the land of blog so that I could dedicate time to a fitness regime, to my family and that I even got to throw in a few days of vacation. That would be a big fat lie.
In addition to losing my mind [...]

Creating Her Own Moment With a Renewal of Vows

The growing baby hardly made a bump under the simple fabric of her wedding dress. It was the obligatory yellow sash tied around her waist that told her story and her fall from grace.
The 15-year-old girl from a nice Catholic family and her 18-year-old handsome knight didn’t need the help of a shotgun to declare [...]

What Are Your Sanity Saving Tips?

While perusing the news yesterday morning, I read about a woman who had set her 6-year-old on fire. I read about a mother who delivered a fatal punch to the head of her 7-month-old baby. I read about a mother who suffocated her newborn because he wouldn’t stop crying and I read about a mother [...]

Redefining Normal

Prompted by a conversation with a friend who was sharing some of her experiences when she worked with at-risk teens in a rural area of Georgia, I’ve realized more fully that our ability to live in denial is in many ways related to our individual sense of normal.
The hardest part of our work with these [...]

What Is My Son Planning?

I’m really not quite sure what to think of recent conversations around our dinner table. My 5-year-old seems to be making plans that don’t include his parents…long term plans, and I’m starting to worry he’s met a hit man on the playground, or his older, adult siblings have been talking to him again…
Last Week…
Aaron: (looking [...]

Purpose…I think I’m getting closer

I’ve spent considerable time over the last six months thinking about purpose. My purpose. Trying to define it.
My husband, being the retired corporate executive that he is, and whose mind is trained to create strategy, keeps prompting me to stop spending time in the how and to give myself up to the what…traveling without a [...]

Beautiful Like Me…It’s all about the brain

I’m posting for the  Beautiful Like Me project, hosted by WickedStepMom, this is a bi-weekly post dedicated to raising awareness about the lack of self-esteem and poor body image in today’s youth. If you’d like to join in, please do. Simply leave a link to your post here or on the main project page.
For this [...]

Brain Sex…Do You Need It?

“Do you think healthcare is a right?” I asked my husband while sitting with him at the dinner table.
He took the bait but not three minutes into the conversation he was already frustrated with my position and was about to end his opposition by ending the conversation.
“Listen,” I said. “I really need to have brain [...]