Optimism- When enough is enough
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Optimism- When enough is enough

My generation will never forget Stuart Smalley’s Daily Affirmations on Saturday Night Live. Stuart turns to the mirror and chants out his mantra…“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” (insert crowd laughing and applauding) I’m not going to lie, the optimist has often been the butt of punchlines, whether it … 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

The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald,   The not-so-fictional tragedy of a great storyteller
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The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The not-so-fictional tragedy of a great storyteller

Perhaps, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a glorified blogger… …The Beautiful and Damned foreshadowed the dramatic demise of his relationship with his wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, and loosely mirrored their extravagant life. He captured the essence of the American lifestyle during the Jazz Era of limitless indulgences, coining his socialite companion as “the first American flapper”, commanding … Continue reading

I read a book! Like, the whole book… No cheating… I read every word. An educator’s narrative of guilt & overcoming the challenges of literacy.
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I read a book! Like, the whole book… No cheating… I read every word. An educator’s narrative of guilt & overcoming the challenges of literacy.

I read a book! Like, the whole book… No cheating… I read every word. Yes, that’s right, someone who has hated and struggled with reading and writing, who works in education, and who is determined to start a blog, is proudly proclaiming that she has read a book. I found it, no wait… it found … 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

“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