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Our Gang

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Ah, a gorgeous spring day, the birds are chirping, the branches are swaying and my son is, get this, playing outside with THE NEIGHBORS. Lord behold the glorious beauteous opening of the heavens. I want to shout it from the rooftops, goody goody gumdrops… my son is playing outside with, might I say it once […]

Fear Factor Day

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Some say, they have had days where they have felt their life had entered "The Twilight Zone", but for me, I would rather liken the day to an episode of television’s "Fear Factor". A reality show that pits people against each other, in a variety of adrenalin fed tasks; tasks that test their endurance, strength, […]

The Driving Lesson

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Do you recall learning to drive? I can still remember the dented green truck I roared around in. I terrified all our sheep and any humans crazy enough to venture near. Dad swears even the trees ducked for cover.   Fast forward to January 2005. My son, Tim, has his learner’s permit and he and […]

Sanity At Stake: Direct Market Diapers

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Pampers is selling ad-space on babies’ butts. Once, the anti-SIDS safety message “Back to Sleep” resided in the prime billboard space that is the waistband of Pampers Premium diapers. Now, Pampers, having calculated the benefit of product placement over life and death safety’ issues, has chosen to festoon their diapers with marketable television characters. True, […]

REM Commando

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You’d think the exhaustion of pregnancy and childbirth would prepare you for the marathon sleepless nights of new motherhood. But it doesn’t even come close. I didn’t know until I was three babies deep in it. I had no idea that just one bad night with the kids could suck my life force dry faster […]

International Kids

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We have always been an international family. My husband, Mark, and I left the UK the day after our wedding on an international adventure that has so far lasted well over two decades. I quickly came to understand that “home” is where you’ll find the people you love. Our first 16 years together were spent […]

A Mother’s Day Wish

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Recently I was walking along the duck pond with my husband and son, listening to their lively discourse on the battery operations of our newly purchased RC boat — they had just plucked it from the water’s edge in the nick of time, saving it from being stranded mid-pond. My six-year-old son was lamenting the […]

Before and After

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Flashback to Dinnertime, six years ago. (What follows is the truth, with no exaggeration.) It’s a weekday evening around 7:30 when I turn the door key and enter the snug two-story apartment I share with my very new husband and mute, elderly cat. He’s still at work for at least another hour; I’ve finished my workday […]