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Facetime : Unplugged

Quick… where’s your phone? If you’re like me you’re reading this post on your phone and it’s already in your hand… Phew!   If you’re really like me you’re currently “pinging” your phone with your Apple Watch… It was just here a minute ago, I swear that thing has legs!   Whatever category you fall in most of us […]

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Bummer Summer

Remember me? The one with the bucket list of summer activities for my kiddos and me to make this the best summer yet? What’s that old phrase? The best laid plans of men and mice often go awry? That basically sums up how the last few weeks have gone. My kids have spent more time […]

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Be Aware, But Don’t Forget to See the Good

The first story I read about a woman who had been followed through a store by “bad guys” in an attempt to abduct her children was in April. HORRIFYING!!  It was somewhere else though; far enough away to make me interested but to feel detached.  Then the local stories started.  And they kept coming. . . . .   […]

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Becoming Selfish

We are in the middle of eating supper and my oldest daughter asks me for a bite of my food. My immediate answer is no. But, really my immediate answer is always “no” and quite frankly I don’t feel guilty about it. Why would I give you a bite of my supper when you have […]

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Pinterest Pressures

Oh, for the love. We have to do “last day of school” pictures now? I didn’t even get around to doing the “first day” ones, let alone have them pose with a Pinterest inspired chalkboard or a burlap-covered-something-or-other with their school year, age, future job choice, and favorite kind of cookie. When will the madness end?! Is […]

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Cultivating Compassion in our Children

One of my favorite quotes says, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” by the Dalai Lama.  As a teacher, I do believe traditional education is important. Our students need reading and writing skills. They need to be problem solvers, and it would be nice if they all had that investigative desire. But what I […]

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Believe Me: A New Mom’s Take On These Common Words

“Believe Me.” I never would have thought these two words could possibly make me cringe. In all fairness to those two words, they are usually accompanied by one particular phrase that I would be happy to never hear again.  “Oh, don’t look forward to (‘xyz’ milestone) because of (‘xyz’ inconvenience that comes with it).” The literal words are […]

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The Melody of Grace

“Geez O Pete!” My foot slammed on the break as vehemently as the words flew out of my mouth. “What is going on? Are all the stupid people in the city out driving today?” This particular four way stop has been the bane of my existence since we moved to the area nearly five years […]

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A Music Journey: Raising the Next Yo-Yo Ma

My five-year-old son likes to ask questions. Sometimes they drive me absolutely bonkers. But there are other times where I truly enjoy them. My favorites always relate to music whether it’s my favorite song, who the artist is, or even what instruments are playing. But the one question that has filled me with the greatest pride […]

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Give Your Children Time to be Bored

Mom, I’m bored! Sound familiar? Recently, I dropped my son off for a playdate. Ironically, as I was preparing to leave, my friend and mother of two amazing kiddos assured me that she had activities planned for our boys. I told her she didn’t have to do that, as I am ok with the kids […]

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