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I'm a Prison Mom - Part 2

I'm a Prison Mom - Part 2

by traumaRUs - I was browsing the blue side of AN recently and came upon my article from a couple of years ago when this was so raw and open. Thought I would give an update. Did... Read More →

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Confessions of Another Mother

Confessions of Another Mother

by Purple_Scrubs - As a foster parent, I sometimes feel how I imagine Schrodinger's cat might have felt. I am simultaneously a mother, and not a mother. The child is mine, but not my... Read More →

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The Jack-o-Lantern Challenge

The Jack-o-Lantern Challenge

by tnbutterfly - When my kids were younger and still living at home, we had several customs that revolved around the holidays. Picking the perfect Halloween pumpkin or pumpkins was... Read More →

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The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection

by VivaLasViejas - What a difference a year makes. Last summer, my family and I were anticipating the upcoming nuptials of my youngest son, Benjamin, to a girl he'd been with since... Read More →

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To You, Now Grown: A Letter To My Children

To You, Now Grown: A Letter To My Children

by VivaLasViejas - Dearest Children: Now that all of you have arrived safely on the other side of twenty-one, it's time for me to acknowledge the fact that in order to be part of... Read More →

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Vegetarianism: Health Benefits and Diet Types

Vegetarianism: Health Benefits and Diet Types

by VickyRN - Currently, there is much interest in vegetarianism in terms of health outcomes and nutrition. Vegetarianism generally omits meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish, but... Read More →

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Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes, Part Deux

Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes, Part Deux

by VivaLasViejas - The last overwrought strains of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" come to an abrupt halt as I switch the dial on my office stereo from radio to CD.... Read More →

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The Coming-Out Party

The Coming-Out Party

by VivaLasViejas - Just three little words.....sometimes, that's all it takes to alter the course of life forever. They were words I'd known for seventeen years would come at some... Read More →

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Singing Heigh-Ho, Come to the Fair........

Singing Heigh-Ho, Come to the Fair........

by VivaLasViejas - We also burnt the skin off our noses meandering around the fairgrounds in the hot sun, drank watery soda, blew the equivalent of a week's worth of groceries trying... Read More →

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The Dad He Didn't Have To Be

The Dad He Didn't Have To Be

by ElvishDNP - Most of you in the AN breakroom have heard me talk about my stepfather....he's been around for pretty much as long as I remember, having met my mother soon after... Read More →

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When your adult child makes the headlines....for the wrong reasons

When your adult child makes the headlines....for the wrong reasons

by traumaRUs - So this article is more about handling BIG public embarrassment versus the little embarrassments of life with children. We've all experienced the toddler with the... Read More →

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Ta-Tas and the Pink Bracelet

Ta-Tas and the Pink Bracelet

by TopazLover - "Save the ta-tas". A common bracelet and bumper sticker. A euphemism for female breasts that is closely associated with early detection and treatment of Breast... Read More →

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Proud to be Pale... OR I will be anyway...

Proud to be Pale... OR I will be anyway...

by nkochrn - I don't like to brag about myself, but I really was born with a great complexion. I tan easily and rarely burn. I've never worried much about sunscreen and rarely... Read More →

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Smoothie De-LIGHT

Smoothie De-LIGHT

by VickyRN - A smoothie is a thick semi-frozen beverage made from fruit (fresh or canned), juices, vegetables, crushed ice, milk/ yogurt and other ingredients that are pureed in... Read More →

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Trucks, the tip of an iceberg

Trucks, the tip of an iceberg

by TopazLover - Some days I know I am old. No, it is not the knees that give me away. They do creak and collapse at the worst times but they are not the give away. It is not the... Read More →

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Snow Day!

Snow Day!

by VivaLasViejas - Ahhhhh.......there's nothing like an unscheduled snow day at home in my pajamas, sitting in front of a crackling fire with the family and pets all around, watching... Read More →

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The Water Is Wide

by VivaLasViejas - I planned this trip for my 20-year-old son. We hadn't been to the seashore together since he was in junior high school. It's always been a special place for us... Read More →

Too Soon Old.........Too Late Smart?

by VivaLasViejas - Or is it a day late and a dollar short? Either way, like comedian Bill Engvall, I've always been about 15 degrees off "cool". I wondered for years why I was... Read More →

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