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The Shot and The Draw: Teenage Heartbreak

I still remember the feeling of my first heartbreak. I’m not talking about –you’re over there and I’m way over here-heartbreak,...

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Pebbles in Water: Self-Awareness and You

Spoiler Alert, I people watch. Partly because I don’t like to engage in idle chatter with near strangers to pass the time and partly...

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The Friday Bookmobile

Take no heed of her…. She reads a lot of books.―Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair I cannot tell my son I walked to or from school in...

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Parenting Adult Children. Not.

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series: What's Buzzing with Bea Will somebody help me…please? This article could start out with...

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Grandma Josephine

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series: Sicilian Ancestors My godmother tells me stories of my mother’s mother, her aunt, called Pepina....

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Overrun By Assholes

What do you do when you’re a nice person and you are attacked by an asshole? I think most of us are nice by nature. We are willing to put...

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An Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez: Changing the Culture of Sexual Violence

Dear Secretary Perez, More than 27 million women shared their experiences of sexual assault, tweeting in the wake of Donald Trump’s...

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10 Tips on Becoming the Perfect Houseguest

“Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” ―Benjamin Franklin I lived in Laguna Beach, California and hosted many...

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Being Jennifer Levin’s Mother

I grew up in the same building that Jennifer Levin’s mother lived in. Do you remember Jennifer Levin? She was the 18-year-old girl who...

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Good Enough Mother

Advice to back off Advice to do more Be a good enough mother Not too good Don’t overdo it Don’t make him dependent on you He will never...

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I Promise

How do I tell you that you are beautiful? How do I tell you that it’s not your fault? That when I left your house I was plenty strong...

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Conscious Capitalism: This is Rape Culture

Vice President Joe Biden, champion of the It’s On Us campaign, said last week about those who commit sexual assault, “We’ve got...

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The Lost Art of Oral History

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series: What's Buzzing with Bea We all may or may not be blessed with grandchildren. I, however, am...

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Aurora and the Prime Cuts Hair Salon

“That’s the whole point of life, you know? To meet new people.”              ―Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary...

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Hey, Mom Next Door – I See You

I admit I didn’t really like you when we first met. We had only been in the house a month when you came over with your 12-year-old son,...

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Israel: In Search of Miracles

I didn’t go to Israel in search of miracles. I wasn’t making a pilgrimage. I didn’t set out to walk in the footsteps of Christ or any...

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First Hours of Forever

It’s the kind of deep sorrow ….That leaves just BLACK Where there should be tomorrow And it’s the kind of harrowing pain...

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I Gave Her the Fall

The passing of time is something I ponder about often. Concepts of time travel a favorite of the fantasy genre. Being able to travel...

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Racism: The Conversation that is No Longer Optional

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series: What's Buzzing with Bea This past February was Black History Month and a lot of specials and...

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I need to score. It’s a release. Makes me feel free. Nah, this is nothing. Everyone does it, the new jam. A little bit of this, mixed...

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In a picture that dates back to 89’, my mother holds me close, my brother as well. She cradles us on top of a bar stool, points at the...

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25 Things About My Mother

“But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.” ―Mitch Albom, For One More Day...

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Standing here in the doorway. I hold my daughter close. She is incandescent; I move to catch her, to absorb her before she is gone. Her...

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This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series: What's Buzzing with Bea When I was a child about 3,000 years ago, there was always the school...

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11 Things You Should Never Say to a Latina

Cultural diversity broadens the mind and fuels our spirit of adventure. It’s enlightening to explore the rituals, traditions, and...

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She Hated Me, Right From the Start

She was my first friend away from home. Easy to laugh with, ready for mischief. She used her car, and my naive courage, to enter all the...

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