Category Archives: Family

Conversation With a Preteen


Earlier tonight, I had the following conversation with my 9-year-old: Me: I’m going to start teaching you about cleaning your skin in a few years. Teenagers get these things called pimples; they’re boo-boos that you get on your face. Him: … Continue reading

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Adventure Time


It’s a very rare person whose life is truly uneventful, but it seems that going out of town opens one up to even more adventure than usual, even if just leaving home for a long weekend. I’m a passenger in … Continue reading

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Dysfunctional Family Values (During the Holidays)


photo by ChrisGoldNY via PhotoRee I grew up as part of a family that could be described as dysfunctional. And so, for that reason (and because the holidays always seem to bring bad familial memories to the fore), a couple … Continue reading

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Listen to Your Heart


A couple of weeks ago, I had a bit of a health scare. At just 37 years old, with perfect numbers and no family history of hearth disease, I was experiencing brief, yet sharp pains on the left side of … Continue reading

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Off on a Tangent


A typical conversation in my house happening tonight: Husband: There’s been a lot of cuts in the school district [that he works in]. Me: Yeah, the economy really has been doing a number lately. It’s doing a number two! 7-year-old … Continue reading

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A Modern American Fairytale


The other night, I gave my second Toastmasters speech, to count toward completion of my Competent Communicator manual. For those who don’t know, the first ten speeches a member gives in Toastmasters follow certain guidelines. The second speech focuses on … Continue reading

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