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Grief & Gratitude

I’m pretty sure there was a whoosh of glitter when the clock struck midnight on Halloween. The candy wrappers had barely settled before everything, everywhere was painted red and green. The holiday season is like that. Whoosh. Bang. Merry merry. And somewhere, in-between the pumpkins and evergreens is that turkey-ridden, gravy-covered, pie-crusted day of thanks. […]

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Tia

A Mother and a Veteran

Veteran’s Day never meant much to me before I became one; now, it’s a special day for me to connect with other veterans. Every story is unique. So, in honor of Veteran’s Day, I – an Army veteran who served 18 months in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom – am going to interview another […]

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november

On New Seasons and Lost Time

Hello, November. You’ve caught me a bit off guard. Again. You always seem to whisper your way into my life. Wedged between jack-o-lanterns and costumes, followed closely by snow and lights. You are met with muttered strains of “It’s November? Already?” and “How did that happen?” You come, I suppose, expecting to be greeted warmly. […]

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Non-Princess Movies My Girls Love

In our household with three daughters, there are lots of princesses. I get the appeal – princesses seem to have lovely adventures and wear fabulous dresses. My girls love fancy dresses and jumping in mud puddles, sometimes together. There has been a lot of anti-princess ranting, but I think princesses are like carbs. They’re not […]

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ambitions

Reinventing Our Ambitions Once Becoming a Mom

Working versus staying at home. Part time versus full time. Lean in or lean out. It is the age-old debate that never seems to die. The topic is often the center of mom shaming arguments and unwanted opinions peppered with judgment and ridicule. I understand why. The internal struggle and questioning whether I am making […]

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Only Child versus Sibling: How Do They Differ?

Growing up as an only child, I couldn’t complain. There weren’t hand-me-downs or shared bedrooms, and the attention was always on me. As I grew up, however, I began to wonder what the camaraderie of siblings would be like – especially from watching my friends with brothers or sisters. I also wondered how different I […]

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Heroes Out of Uniform

Have you ever had someone buy you a meal? Someone anonymous that you didn’t know…just doing a good deed for the sake of humanity? I have. I can tell you that its a wonderful feeling.    A few weeks ago, however, it happened to my family and I was FURIOUS. Let me lay out the […]

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