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Camp Photos from Afar

They are in staff training for the next few days before the campers arrive. Smart move. I ask Petya to send group photos. Here the tribe leaders (counselors) are in a van, smiling wildly. They look normal and happy and dynamic. “Great group!” I text enthusiastically. “They’re all awesome, just like me, hehe,” I receive…

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My Son’s Job Offer… for Me

Our oldest son, Petya, has worked at the same office for almost five years, beginning when he was 15 years old and volunteering. They offered him paid employment about a year into his part-time stint and then steady raises. He began as the King of Shredding and Photocopying, progressed into organizing their library, sending donor-acknowledgment…

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On Stephen King’s Blasting of The Donald

I was going to write about something else today, really, I was. But it struck me as a absolutely hysterical that Stephen King, “American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy” would be signatory to a letter condemning Donald Trump’s candidacy.  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Approximately 8,000,…

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Our Girls & the Transgender Restroom

The one time we turn our back. Occasionally, occasionally, I as a mother have stuff to do. Like run empires on several continents, etc. This time, my husband was multi-tasking while our whole family was out and about. I stepped into one establishment, while he went to get gas and snacks with the kids and…

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Monday Mottoes #140

Many are the thoughts and ruminations when it comes to Mother’s Day. For some, it’s a happy celebration, for others, bittersweet with the consideration of their own struggle to conceive or their own mother’s passing…. For many, it’s a realization that there are no days off, even Mother’s Day, lol. Which brings us to today’s…

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Mindful Mentoring

It’s been a wild past 24 hours. All sorts of mayhem, trials and tribulations as I face a major public address and as my husband heads away for a couple of days with a great young guy that he’s mentoring. I don’t even know if mentoring is the proper term. These days, young adults have…

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Spur-of-the-Moment Whim: Bangs

You know you’re getting older when you’ve lost your mind. Maybe you forget things, misplace things, lose your train of thought. I might be there in more ways than one. All that to say, I’ve recently had a birthday and so today I hovered between an old lady haircut… and bangs. Are you catching this…

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Transgender Issues to Cause Homeschool Boom?

I received a text today from a friend concerned about local high schools going transgender in their restrooms and locker rooms. If this legislation is aimed at engendering greater understanding, it’s doing exactly the opposite, this mom reports. Apparently, a huge number of parents are considering homeschooling. They’ve had enough. And they’re all starting to…

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How Did the Kids Fare While Home Alone?

This was the first time we left the kids for a couple of days on their own. Before, they’ve stayed with family friends, or maybe we left them for a few hours overnight, but this time, it was really two-and-a-half days. Never mind that we were sequestered on a mountain with bears and turkeys—our thoughts…

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A Stop at Campaign Headquarters

A funny thing happened on our way to our power walk. Petya and I got started a little later, and by nine o’clock in the morning, we found ourselves near the campaign headquarters of a certain candidate. “Let’s go inside,” I suggested. “Pick up some bumper stickers or something.” “Bumper stickers?” he laughed. “You would…