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The Day My Daughter Chose a Book over Me Bookmark and Share

The Day My Daughter Chose a Book over Me

Anyone who’s known me for more than a week probably knows I am a bookworm. Give me an hour of precious free time, and I’ll quickly bury my head in the world of words.

It took years before my husband finally realized that when I’m deep in a good story, he no longer exists to me. And should he persist in trying to get my attention, he deserves the fury he may unleash for pulling me so cruelly back to reality.

One of my best childhood memories was the regular trips to the public library with my ...

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How Do We Keep From Losing Ourselves? Bookmark and Share

How Do We Keep From Losing Ourselves?

This month one of my book clubs read “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?,” a fictional story of a highly creative, up-and-coming architect who becomes a recluse after suffering a professionally tragedy. After years of keeping to herself—and becoming more than a bit nutty in the process—she actually physically disappears to Antarctica of all places, and her husband and daughter must find her. 

I wanted to love the book since it had rave reviews, but even though it was funny at times, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough. Antarctica? Really?

The real problem, though, was that I somehow ...

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Have You Learned to Be True to Yourself? Bookmark and Share

Have You Learned to Be True to Yourself?

“To thine own self be true.”

Shakespeare said it best. Of course, he was a dude, and having a penis seems to make it easier to live by this sentiment. (Yep, starting of this post with the “P” word!)

I’ve never met a woman of any age who hasn’t struggled with being true to herself. From the time we are born, we seem to spend our lives living up to others’ expectations and needs. The good news, I’m finding, is that with age, we begin to listen to our needs. Or maybe it’s that our needs ...

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What I Learned from Returning to Kindergarten Bookmark and Share

What I Learned from Returning to Kindergarten

Tomorrow my daughter “graduates” from kindergarten. Milestones like this always make me sentimental, but this year the bittersweet emotion is amplified by 27.

You see, this was my year to revisit kindergarten. I gave up the security of full-time work for the flexibility of freelancing so I could spend more time with my daughter and volunteer at her school. That meant spending time with 28 little people on a regular basis.

It was a questionable move for someone with workaholic tendencies and a mild dislike for “OPKs” (other people’s kids). Helping in the classroom was unchartered territory. I worried ...

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Has Age Changed How You See Yourself? Bookmark and Share

Has Age Changed How You See Yourself?

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You know the phrase “it’s like riding a bike,” which implies that once you learn how to ride a bike, you’ll never forget. Well it isn’t true.

I was that kid who learned to ride a bike one summer and had to relearn the next. I was also the kid who took forever learning to roller skate and the kid who got a ‘D’ in jump roping in fifth-grade gym class. To be fair, my gym teacher was a complete bitch who scarred me for life, but that’s a post for another time.

One of my ...

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