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My White 4th of July

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On the 4th of July, when I was a little girl, I remember decorating my tricycle with streamers and riding down the middle of main street in a sea of red, white, and blue. We ate cherries until our fingers were stained and didn’t notice the sun tanning our noses or shoulders as we spent […]

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How to Parent Well

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As a writer, many random thoughts cross my mind on any given day. Here are some from the last few days I wanted to share on parenting. Empathy starts with asking ourselves, “How would that make me feel?,” then making choices to treat others (and ourselves) accordingly. A simple “pause” like this can make a […]

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How To Own Your Sh*t: A Series

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A friend is in the middle of a DIY remodel and posted after a long day of work, “Why is it so embarrassing to admit we don’t know how to do something?” The question struck me because the word, “embarrassing,” is a curious thing. It got me wondering… First of all, this person is crushing […]

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It’s Modesty Season, Again…

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I’m heading out of town soon to celebrate 25 years with my esposo. We’ll be near salt and sand, soaked in sun, and these things require a bathing suit and speaking my second language. So it made me think of the following post I wrote when we were in Spain for our 20th anniversary. … […]

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It’s a Beautiful Day

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Eleven years ago, it was bitter cold in Denver, Colorado. 2 or 3 degrees, if I remember right. The chill is still part of my memory, though most of me felt numb. Jason went out to the parking garage of Children’s Hospital to pull up the car and let it warm up for a few […]

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Are You Burned Out on Religion?

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Since our son Noah died in 2007, I’ve been on a journey reassessing pretty much E V E R Y T H I N G. People, things, involvement, passions, even thoughts or beliefs at times have met a death grip in my hands. Some days only purging keeps me grounded. Recently I attempted to strip […]

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Sledgehammers are AWESOME!

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Here’s the deal: We moved to Nashville in August 2016 to an Airbnb we thought we’d be in for 3 months. Between August and Easter 2017 we searched for houses on-line and in person, even making offers on some, and were out-bid 3 or 4 times. One house we spent 1.5 hours with an HGTV designer […]

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Sex Ed: 101

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ME: “Sweetheart, do you have five minutes?” Him: “I always have five minutes for you.” … My husband and I both work from home. During the week, he and I tag team the morning routine of kids, food, and hygiene moderation. Then, he usually drives them to school, a 30 minute round trip event, while I get […]

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Theirs Was a Love Story

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… Growing up with Bobby (Bob) and Bebe (Betty), we witnessed affection, heard loving words exchanged, learned tooshie pinching techniques we would then test out on our grandparents much to their utter surprise and shock. Of course the reactions we witnessed made us want to pinch tooshies, all the more…well, I guess I can only […]