Time Machines and Kanye

Time travel is a popular theme in books, movies and television. The plot is frequently this: the protagonist realizes there’s a key problem that needs to be resolved and if they’d only known____ or did____ in the past, it all could have been avoided! Lincoln and Kennedy would be alive a bit longer, the Challenger […]

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Dead Celebrities vs. NBP (Normal Boring People)

I watched American Idol years ago and thought, “Why did God give so many people the same gift—it seems a bit unfair” and I suppose it would if you thought life was just one big mad scramble to the top of the heap. So if someone wants to produce Idol meets Survivor—that’d be some great […]

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Or in other words, check out my ankles

Happy New Year to all you folks who plan on losing fifty pounds, eating salad three times a day and eschewing soda! How’s all that going a few weeks in? Are you exhilarated? Defeated? Or just hanging on to your old bad habits and parading them around because what’s the point? We have all been […]

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Grandparents Are Grand

Since moving away from North Carolina when our oldest child was an infant, we have lived in Oklahoma for five-ish years, Iowa for two and have fallen in love with Montana for the last almost seven years. I feel old. And though we have met many amazing friends that are like family, we occasionally realize […]

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Christmas Giveaway!

Probably like many of you, we have a tradition of giving our kids Christmas books each year. As a special thank you to all the TPIL fans out there, I am sharing some of our favorite books for all ages: from board books for your wee ones to teen chapter books. Many have been bought […]

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Exhilerfying Change

Here’s the understatement of a lifetime: change is hard. Change can also be exhilarating yet terrifying. To describe a recent change in my life, I’ve coined the term exhilerfying. Like your first grade teacher, let’s try it in a sentence shall we? Boy, it sure was exhilerfying to go cliff jumping! See? It just rolls […]

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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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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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