Keeping the lights on. (The price you pay for a “fair market value” community.)
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Keeping the lights on. (The price you pay for a “fair market value” community.)

Today was different than any other day. I walked out of the house after the kids had left for their extracurriculars and after-school jobs, and realized… the lights are on. This is different from my usual scanning of the apartment, as I become overwhelmed by the utility bills sucking my paycheck dry. Normally, I would … Continue reading

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Reposting for anyone who has ever fallen victim to a butt dial. “A calling… time for a change.”
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Reposting for anyone who has ever fallen victim to a butt dial. “A calling… time for a change.”

Everything changed. I looked at my phone and I saw the timer on my call counting up… and despite the fact everything in my mind was moving faster than I could register, the numbers on my phone continued to climb, unaffected by the chaos in the living room. My oldest and the middle child were … Continue reading

Potatoes, it is! The reality of food insecurities.
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Potatoes, it is! The reality of food insecurities.

There is a misconception about food insecurities. One might consider that a person with food insecurities is someone incapable of supporting themselves or their families, but there are varying degrees of food insecurities, as noted by the USDA. And similar to the effect that we would not minimize an individual’s feelings regarding pain, anxiety, or … Continue reading

Life is a pendulum, so, keep swinging!!
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Life is a pendulum, so, keep swinging!!

Let’s start with fads and fashion, as we all shake our heads. But seriously… In the beginning, our parents take care of us, and eventually, the roles reverse as we care for them. Stocks go up and then, inevitably, they go down. We love hard and then we fall harder. Our bodies fearlessly and relentlessly … Continue reading

Making peace with my clutter- “Clutter is nothing but postponed decisions.” (Barbara Hemphill)
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Making peace with my clutter- “Clutter is nothing but postponed decisions.” (Barbara Hemphill)

I grew up, using my imagination, making memories and crafts out of paper towel rolls and cardboard boxes. We never wasted, but everything had an expiration date or was recycled. Clothes were only bought at the beginning of fall, spring, and, of course, at the start of the school year. Toys were gifted at Christmas … Continue reading

“She is fierce,” they say. “So is her daughter.” A lineage of strong women.
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“She is fierce,” they say. “So is her daughter.” A lineage of strong women.

My daughter rides Arabian horses. She’s been riding since she was 2 years old. She’s always been fearless… “like her mother”, they say. “She’s so tiny,” they say, “on such a large animal.” My daughter is a petite Spaniard, with the determination of her Russian Baba, who immigrated on a boat to Canada, pregnant with … Continue reading

And that is how the cookie crumbles…
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And that is how the cookie crumbles…

A good parent has a routine. Their children clean up after themselves and like clockwork, they shower, brush their teeth and put themselves to bed as they read the latest award-winning children’s book before dreaming of college and curing the latest macro-scale virus. Damn. I stare at the cookie crumb laying on the floor. It’s … Continue reading