Years ago when I saw a therapist regularly she often reminded me that I needed to feel my way through all the feelings of losing a child. She said if I pushed away the grief or tried to stifle the urge to cry I would never get through those miserable ...

 

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The only way through

Years ago when I saw a therapist regularly she often reminded me that I needed to feel my way through all the feelings of losing a child. She said if I pushed away the grief or tried to stifle the urge to cry I would never get through those miserable days of searing pain. They would keep returning– the intense emotions resurfacing until I buckled to them, acknowledged just how much they...

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12 Books you should read this year

I use to be pretty good at getting a post out of my favorite books two or three times a year. Now I’m lucky to get a post up about anything two or three times a year. If I’m not writing I’m living right? Or something more along the lines of reading everyone else’s books, getting to the end, sighing then telling myself I could never write a novel that good.

I’ve...

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Parenting through the in between years of childhood

With my youngest now seven, I can open the door to our car and my kids all just get in and when I cook dinner there’s a decent chance I’ll get to eat it while it’s hot. My kids are all aging out of the neediest* part of their childhood and as much as I worried about them getting older I have to say I’m loving it. (*Quick clarification: physically needy, not emotionally...

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Not Alone in the Universe

We went to see Suessical last weekend. In case you don’t know the storyline it’s about Horton, an elephant with a big imagination, who connects to a Who named JoJo with an imagination the same size. JoJo lives in Whoville, a town the size of a spec on a clover, so no one believes Horton when he tells them the Whos exist. The musical tells the story of believing in yourself and...

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Holiday Clothing Drive 2016

This will be the fourth year I’ve hosted the Holiday Clothing Drive. I had to skip 2015 because life and sanity, but missing a year seemed to make our whole family even more anxious to get back to it for 2016. Plus the kids are two years older so I have more people to help me not screw up the mile-long spread sheet I’ll have halfway through this. Together, we’ve clothed over...

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