Only in America

October 1, 2015

We are whacking away at childhood innocence. Lockdown drills. Active shooter drills. Arming teachers. Guns in schools, parks, playgrounds. My god, what have we done? When Bird gets home from school we have an hour together before Deal scampers in from up the hill. I relish this time with Bird. It’s really our only time […]

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NC Political Climate as Gloomy as the Weather

September 30, 2015

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the North Carolina general assembly was in session until almost 4:30 in the morning. The legislative session should have ended at the end of June, but the delayed budget extended everything. By “delayed budget,” I mean lawmakers could not agree on a budget to keep our state afloat. […]

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Mothers are Chameleons

September 21, 2015

Mothers are the chameleons in the wild world of parenthood. We change color like a middle schooler changes moods. Our hue flows easily from green when we envy the mom who’s got her act together to red when our children are disrespectful to blue when we realize how quickly our babies are growing up. Our […]

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All I Want for My Birthday…

September 17, 2015

Today is my birthday. For everyone who knows me, you know how much I love my birthday. I admittedly love the attention, the phone calls, text messages, the cards. The glory of snail mail! And Facebook on my birthday blows up in a fashion that leaves me beaming for days. In my 47 years on […]

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UN Global Goals – Gender Equality Starts at Home

September 8, 2015

It is a fallacy to think that moms of boys don’t care about gender equality. Double standards be damned. I am raising two sons, and the forefront of my parenting philosophy is to impart a steady, keen focus on gender roles and gender equality. I joke that I don’t want my sons to grow up […]

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Happy 12th Birthday, Bird

September 2, 2015

I’ve been grappling with posting something for Bird’s birthday. As the boys grow up I post less and less about them. My firstborn turned 12 a few days ago. With the benefit of hindsight I see the qualities of his younger self manifesting themselves in new ways. They say that s children age, what started […]

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First Day of School & Growing Up

August 24, 2015

First day of school many moons ago   You guys, I am loving your back-to-school photos. The beginning of a new school year holds such promise. We are all giddy as a spirograph of emotions spins within us and we swell with anticipation. Bird and Deal are off, and now my house is quiet, and my […]

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Make Up Isn’t What Makes You Shine

August 3, 2015

We have such messed up ideals of beauty. There’s been lots of hubbub in social media showing photos of women with and without makeup. I have always found that I never really learned to wear make up, so I stick with my staples of under eye concealer, liquid eyeliner, and mascara. I have a collection […]

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International Tiger Day

July 29, 2015

Today is International Tiger Day. It comes on the heels of the news of Cecil’s brutal killing. Granted, Cecil was a lion, but still… Big cats are a thing of beauty. I cannot wrap my head around the killing of these animals for sport. I cannot fathom finding joy in death. Big game hunting is […]

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Good Manners Matter

July 13, 2015

I was recently at the grocery store where I was patiently waiting in line at the meat and seafood counter to place my order. It was Saturday just before dinner time so you can imagine everyone was there for the last-minute-oh-crap-we-don’t-have-anything-to-eat rush. The workers behind the counter remained pleasant and helpful, answering questions of place of origin for […]

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