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White Mother of a Brown Son

I am the white mother of a brown son. He was born in the year of Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. I am afraid for his...

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75,000 Pound Baby Meets a Spider: My Craptastic Day

New Mexico isn’t necessarily the land of enchantment! Those of you who really know me know that I am a HUGE arachnophobe. LIKE MAJOR!...

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The Bath

It was the middle of the afternoon. My mother’s voice was smoky and quiet, calming. I was five and a half years old. “Billy, you and...

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Letter from an Arizona Jail: My Friendship with Jodi Arias

“So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we...

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A Mother’s Love Never Dies

Do not go gentle into that good night. – Dylan Thomas “Hey Mom, are you gonna die soon?” This was a question my daughter...

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The Longest Conversation

The man in line behind us at the grocery store told my 11-year-old daughter that she had beautiful blue eyes like her mother. It was...

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We Fought Hard. We Loved Hard. Momma and Me

“What do you want me to do,” she asked, “live until I’m 88?!” “No,” I replied quietly, “I want you to live until...

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My Baby Girl: Off to College for Better or Worse

OMG did I do anything right as a parent??? So my first born is off to college! It leaves me wondering what did she learn from me? What did...

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There is So Much to a Name

“What’s in a name that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, says our friend Shakespeare. Well,...

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Manners: Why Our Kids Need to Learn Them

I went to Catholic school. We had to, of course, wear our uniforms. Starched white shirts, pleated burgundy plaid skirts and burgundy...

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Enough is enough is too much

I recently read two unrelated articles that touched on a worrisome trend taking place among affluent communities in the United States,...

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Raising an Only Child … and Why It’s Not a Crime

“Is he your only child?” This question, said with a mixture of curiosity and horror, has come my way more times than I can...

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25 Typed Pages: How One School and One Teacher Changed My Life

I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. It was a huge surprise for all of us. Not because I wasn’t smart or because...

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Tales of a Homeschool Mom

home·school·ing:ˈhōmˌsko͞oliNG/ noun: homeschooling; plural noun: homeschoolings; the education of children at home by their parents....

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9 Things That Make a Guy Good Enough for My Daughter

I’ve been hesitant to write this because I didn’t want to piss off my baby girl, but here we go. In an ideal world, this is what I...

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9 Life Hacks Learned by Playing Soccer

You know that awkward question “What do you do?” I am a cook, cleaner, chauffeur, counselor, concubine, crazed lunatic a.k.a...

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The Supermodel Thief

A long, long time ago, when fashion was fierce and supermodels reigned supreme, I was fortunate enough to have been chosen to walk (stumble...

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I Hacked into My Teenager’s Facebook Account

After reading this story, you may think I’m the worst parent ever or you may think that I’m the best parent ever....

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The Year We Lived With Earnest Hemingway’s Ghost

It was the early 90’s, and I was on the fashion treadmill. Paris, the home of Haute Couture became my base. I was busy, very busy and...

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Eileen Ford: A Manhattan

We all know the merits of having old friends. We share history and adventure. They know our darkest secrets, hopes and fears, and best of...

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Social Deviants in the Locker Room

I’m health-minded. I do all the right stuff and sport some pretty insane washboard abs under just about a half-inch thick layer of what...

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