Breaking

Hello, TPILers. My apologies for forgetting that our growing community is made up of people who aren’t my neighbors and close friends who typically know what is going on in my life. I will do better to remember this in the future. A week ago, my mother passed away and because of this it has […]

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Civility 101

Political Civility 101 Hear me out: let’s talk about how we talk about politics. Half of you just mentally u-turned and the other half either got out pom-poms or scythes. We have a problem agreeing to disagree in this country. I’ve seen plenty of statistics regarding the unprecedented divisions and cultural dissonance but like most […]

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Hope in a new year

Hello, TPILers! Welcome to a whole new batch of new subscribers! It’s wonderful to have you here. I hope you enjoy this place for encouragement, humor and common ground. This week we had our first Facebook Live video after this essay below just wasn’t gelling. I wondered if it just needed to be spoken. Feel […]

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Peace on Earth

When we are young, we sometimes think peace is just a word sewn onto the cover of a needlepoint pillow, but as we gain life experience we begin to grasp that peace can be elusive and hard to conjure, especially in tumultuous or trying times. Jesus himself promised, “These things I have spoken unto you, […]

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How-to Guide for Hard Things

We all have our unexpected hard things to survive and thrive through. I have never had a diagnosis of cancer to process. Nor have I had anyone in my immediate family die suddenly. But I have dealt with my own personal struggles with mild anxiety and walked the path with many who struggle with mental […]

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Keeping Time

If you didn’t see my post on TPIL on Facebook this past week, feel free to check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/thepartilove/. I shared thoughts on choosing what is worth the chase in our lives. This post today, goes a little more in depth. I hope you enjoy it. As always, feel free to share and comment. […]

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Hit the road, Jack

I am not an expert at many tasks. My desk is in constant clutter, my fashion sense leaves much to be desired, and my ability to decorate cakes is on par with a 7-year-old. But traveling with children? Solo? For thousands of miles? For a month? I’ve got you covered, baby. Just call me the […]

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Five tips for working with special needs parents (plus a bonus!)

I was asked a few years ago by one of my daughter’s previous teachers for some tips for those who teach and work with our special needs children. Since then, many have shared this with other educators, therapists and administrators. Though this isn’t a typical post at TPIL, I thought it was worth sharing. I’d […]

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Magical, shmagical

I don’t know what it is about the last two decades in American parenthood but someone needs to raise the white flag and it might as well be me. Part of the problem might be the prominence of social media or the persistent need to document every single thing a child does but man it’s […]

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