Highway of Raising a Teenager

by Ilinap on September 28, 2016

Parenting hits a road laden with potholes when your child joins the rank of teenager. The smooth, open highway of elementary school years give way to gravel roads as soon as the teen years begin. Gone are the halcyon days… There are new roads signs to heed when you’re on the highway of raising a teenager.

Stop butting in and let him make his own choices.

 

Not everything goes as planned.

 

Sometimes you need to exit the situation in search of some peace.

 

Know when to argue and when to let it go.

 

Slow down and absorb these days.

 

Pick your battles.

 

Set limits.

 

Even when you’re heading different directions, your paths will cross.

 

Teenagers are still kids at heart.

 

Accept the fact that your way isn’t the only way.

 

Consequences still matter.

 

There are going to be rough patches.

 

There’s more than one way to get somewhere.

 

Take a break.

 

Time flies.

 

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This is perhaps the hardest sign to heed.

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Together. #BlackLivesMatter

by Ilinap on September 23, 2016

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Carrying arms is OK, but to be up in arms is not.

Bend over to take your punishment, but don’t bend a knee to protest.

Sit still, even when things don’t sit well with you.

History is not necessarily our story.

Shush they say, though the lack of speaking up is deafening.

Give up say those that don’t give a shit.

White privilege blackens our narrative.

Voting bills try to silence us, though our vote is our voice.

Suppress, oppress, regress. We fight on for progress.

Piece by piece they nick away at spirits, yet we fight for peace.

Pack heat to protect yourself, while others must pack it up.

“Move along, there’s nothing to see here,” they say to those who are seen as invisible.

We wallow in debt while they make us feel indebted just for the opportunity.

Make America Great Again grates on every fiber of our humanity.

With each act of force we will join forces.

Suck it up, no matter how much it sucks.

Flaunt your hearty grit despite your broken heart.

When they say shut up we should speak out.

Though you try to divide we march on together.

Your grievances are not legitimate. Good grief, what does it take?

Closed minds do not beget open hearts.

“Break it up!” they exclaim to those who are past their breaking point.

Bear arms but don’t bear witness.

The Right perpetuates all that is wrong.

 

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5:00 Fridays TM – Birthday Clink

September 16, 2016

I never did cozy up to being 47. Tomorrow ushers in my 48th year so I guess it’s too late to get used to being 47 now. Everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE my birthday. I have no shame in aging. It’s a privilege, really. They say the wrinkles bring wisdom. So far […]

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Wendy Davis Stands Up to Support NC’s Next Senator, Deborah Ross

September 15, 2016

Talk about someone who stood up for women’s rights! Literally. In 2013 Texas State Senator Wendy Davis famously stood in her Mizuno sneakers for a 12-hour filibuster to halt the passage of a Draconian anti-abortion law. One champion of women and families is coming to support another champion of women and families. Our United States Senate needs more […]

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15 Years Later

September 11, 2016

15 years. Paradoxically, it seems a lifetime has passed since that blue skied morning, yet it also tugs at our being as if it were just a blink ago. We, Americans and the World together, look upon this day with a deep sense of reverence. It marks a moment when the world came together. And […]

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4H – Hurricane Hermine Housework Hiatus: 5:00 Fridays

September 2, 2016

  A storm is brewing. They call her Hermine. Every one of us sees this and thinks “Hermione.” Amiright? To prepare for the storm I made a quick trip to Ace Hardware. Lest you think I’m handy, allow me to correct you. The likes of Hermine in these parts require no battening of hatches. I […]

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Happy 13th Birthday, Bird!

August 29, 2016

I was a rotten teenager. I believe in karma. That means that beginning today, my life is about to become infinitely more challenging. Today Bird has entered the kingdom of teens. Today, Bird is 13. He was a lad of four when I started chronicling our lives and opining on this blog. So much has […]

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Pimm’s Cup to Toast National Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2016

Today is National Women’s Equality Day. Never mind that we share it with National Dog Day. There’s an unsavory bitch joke somewhere there. Frankly, I’m surprised I haven’t heard one yet. Look, I love my rescue dog, but we really can’t get any respect, can we? There’s one simple thing that all of us can […]

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Pay Attention & Be an Ally

August 8, 2016

Here’s what I’d like to see more of: Noting when things are happening in places that don’t intersect with our comfort zones. Just because something doesn’t affect us directly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care. By all means, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least pay attention. We can expand our world view and boost our […]

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Home of the Free (Labor)

July 25, 2016

Some of the same people who say we shouldn’t ask for handouts or ask for anything for free are asking me to provide free work. As in, use my talent as unpaid labor. I’ve been out of college for 25 years, but it seems that some businesses want to use me as an intern. Recently, […]

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