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I'm a Prison Mom - Part 2

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...

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The Dad He Didn't Have To Be

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...

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The Jack-o-Lantern Challenge

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...

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The Rainbow Connection

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...

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To You, Now Grown: A Letter To My Children

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...

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Vegetarianism: Health Benefits and Diet Types

Currently, there is much interest in vegetarianism in terms of health outcomes and nutrition. Vegetarianism generally omits meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish, but...

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Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes, Part Deux

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....

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The Coming-Out Party

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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Confessions of Another Mother

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...

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Ta-Tas and the Pink Bracelet

"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...

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

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...

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Smoothie De-LIGHT

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...

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Trucks, the tip of an iceberg

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...

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Snow Day!

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...

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The Water Is Wide

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...

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

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...

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