Come to North Carolina

April 2, 2015

If North Carolina had a state vehicle, it would be a hand basket. And we’re on the highway to hell. North Carolina has been in the national spotlight plenty of times, and I’m not talking about basketball. We have a GOP-run legislature emboldened by its Pope and Koch ties. They don’t believe in science, yet […]

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Writing Prompts for Family Travel Abroad

April 1, 2015

There’s a tin sign perched over a door frame in my family room. It reads “Home — Where your story begins.” I’m heading home, in a sense, though I’ll be a stranger in my homeland. We are about to embark on an epic journey. Unlike kids these days, I don’t use the word epic lightly. […]

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Goodbye to a Life Too Short, Yet Very Sweet

March 30, 2015

She griggled when I met her. That’s a grin + a giggle. She pointed to her foot and said, “Shoe.” I knew I liked this kid. She was two. She was awaiting a bone marrow transplant. I spent ten years volunteering with pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. They gave me more than I ever gave […]

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Sloe Gin Fizz – 5:00 Fridays TM

March 27, 2015

Ours is a friendship of firsts.  First… Crush Car School dance Broken curfew Car accident Date Fashion disaster All-nighter Boyfriend Period Taste of liquor F Heartbreak Job She knew me back when my parents were married. She’s known me by three different names. She knows my ugly habits, antics, and such but loves me anyway. […]

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Peacemaker – 5:00 Fridays TM

March 20, 2015

I’m certain neither the song nor the sentiment “Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me” has nothing to do with beer. The song’s sheet music includes this story: “One summer evening in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of all races and religions, meeting at a workshop high in the […]

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Be Someone’s Safe Person

March 18, 2015

  “Mommy, even though it’s a different time now than when you were a kid, I don’t think kids today would say if they are gay.” And so began one of our typical car pool conversations. Mac Daddy and I have always been candid with our children. We talk about myriad issues at the dinner […]

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Spring Fashion I Don’t Get

March 16, 2015

Spring has sprung…finally. Never mind the weather forecast that has us back in the fifties later this week. Even at a mild 74 today I’m a tish chilly. I’m admittedly a wimp and find the early morning chill to be dreadful. I’m over it. I want my toes to be warm, especially since one is […]

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We’ll Have Pi(e) on Our Anniversary

March 13, 2015

  To see the world through a new lens. To learn empathy, moderation, and composure. These are the things he has taught me over the years. Tomorrow marks our fifteenth wedding anniversary. And I learn from him still…

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Giving Kids a Shot@Life In America and Beyond

March 9, 2015

It breaks my heart daily that there are children in the United States who need our protection. Children face abuse and hunger and experience the worst of humanity in their gentle souls. Try as we might to protect them, it seems to never be enough. Advocating for the safety and care of children is a […]

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Stand Up to Misogyny – 5:00 Fridays TM

March 6, 2015

Last night on Twitter a dad blogger tweeted something pretty heinous about rape that ignited a fire storm. He basically said that another way to describe rape is women crying wolf when they wake up feeling remorse. He has subsequently deleted that tweet and apologized (screen shots last forever though). But the apology leaves a […]

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