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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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A Bitter Cold Day in January

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It was sunny and gorgeous, like most days in Colorado, but it was January and a bitter cold front had brought in single digit temps overnight. Forecasters promised warmer days, but we wouldn’t see them for a while. The day had finally come for us to leave Children’s Hospital of Denver, a place our family […]

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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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31 Sure Fire Ways to Screw Up Your Kids

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to counseling. If you didn’t raise your hand, it’s not because your parents were perfect or that you actually have your schtuff together. You either didn’t raise your hand because: you’re lying; you didn’t hear the question; you were raised with strict religious, intellectual, or spiritual shaming messages […]

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How to End Gun Violence

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Ending gun violence begins before the gun is ever purchased, it begins before there’s a supply and demand. Ending gun violence, ending VIOLENCE: verbal, emotional, physical, spiritual; must begin with exposing fear for what it is: a liar whose tactic is to divide and isolate us, a liar that would lead us to believe in […]

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Why Voting Matters

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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 […]

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May I Ask You a Few Questions?

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Hey guys, would you be willing to answer some questions, or give a little feedback, if you are inclined? Maybe we could sit for a while? I wish we could…somewhere so your voice, facial expressions, and hand gestures and body language could accompany your answers! Maybe a park bench in NYC’s Central Park while it’s […]