Miracle in a Children’s Hospital

By a show of hands how many of you have ever utilized a children’s hospital? Not just the pediatric floor at your nearby clinic but a stand-alone-research/regional hub for life-saving care for complicated and very sick children? OK, y’all ten people put your hands down. For the rest of you, let me give you a […]

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A Hard Gig

Politics and parenting have one thing in common: they bring out the crazy in everyone. Both tend to produce rigid and self-righteous thinking even among friends. We need to remember that parenting is a hard gig and as many people have reminded me over the years, seriously lacking in concrete instruction. I thought having  a […]

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Pretty vs. Beautiful

I’m not particularly fascinated with celebrities or their lives. I am impressed when they use their notoriety as a tool to bring a social issue to the forefront or personally fund needed gaps for groups bettering the lives of many but I could care less what their homes look like, what toothpaste they use and […]

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Coaching

Chapter One of my life as a mother is currently closed. I am no longer pregnant or hoping to become so. I am no longer nursing and grateful to be so. And oh, mama, it’s nice. Ever so nice. Not ever so easy—but nice. Now I’m in Chapter Two—able to volunteer and be of service and a variety […]

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Competitive Parenting

Parenting can unfortunately be a cut-throat enterprise. If you are not aware of the dangerous practice called competitive parenting then you must not have a child, seen a child, or even better—you probably live on the tippity-toppiest mountain peak in Nepal. In a cave. With a boulder the size of Manhattan blocking the only exit. With […]

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First Jobs

One of my very first jobs when I had gobs of acne was working at a produce stand in semi-rural North Carolina. My duties included selling pine straw bales, calculating the costs of ripe tomatoes by the pound and learning how to count up to give change to the nearest dollar. I still struggle with […]

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Front row funeral call

On the first day of class in “Abnormal Psychology” our professor warned us that as we studied different disorders, we might begin to diagnose ourselves into the psych. ward. And he was right. By the end of the 2nd chapter, I knew I was partially, if not fully deranged. Nowadays I lean towards being a […]

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I.N.A.Y (It’s Not About You)

If I were in charge of the world, babies would read in the womb. None of these headsets on the belly so they can recite Scandinavian poetry as soon as they get suctioned. No, sir. Let’s just hold the text right up there and with black light (or something) they can balance your checkbook before they can breathe! How […]

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Marriage and Missles

It was a dark and stormy night…OK, it was night. And it was stormy in an off-your-rocker-overly-emotional-newlywed kind of way. My husband and I were driving home from somewhere. Probably a State Dinner. And we were heatedly fighting about something. Probably Tuberculosis eradication. And as we drove up to our quaint, one-bedroom apartment, I huffed […]

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Mass Murderer Conventions (also known as camping)

There are essentially two types of people in the world: those who love to camp and those who think it’s absurd to want to pack half a household, drive two hours, unpack it all and pretend you’re homeless. For the record, there is a small subset of the first group that call “sleeping in a […]

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