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Love them the most when they act the least lovable

Kids seem to know when a parent is most overloaded–and that’s when they act up the worst! I swear they have radar for this. If yours are like mine, they even have a pact to take turns being “the bad … Continue reading

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Mimosas on the wind

Not far into my morning bike ride, I encounter a significant hill just on the other side of a major intersection. If I manage to hit the intersection while in motion, the momentum allows me to shift into 12th gear … Continue reading

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Stranger danger? Maybe.

I did not teach my children “never talk to strangers,” that all-too-common line that makes every unknown person a danger. Nor did I teach- or model for them the idea that every stranger is “just a friend you have not … Continue reading

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“The laundry curriculum”

My post about “The laundry curriculum” is up at TheHomeschoolMom.com blog. Excerpt: When my children were small, I was a SAHHM (“stay-at-home”-homeschooling-mom),  and laundry responsibilities were a natural part of our “curriculum.” This was because I intended for my children’s education … Continue reading

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Off the specified route

A few weeks ago, my friend, Kathy, drove me and another friend to a workshop about an hour away. Kathy did not worry much about finding the venue location, as her car has an on board navigation system. It talks. … Continue reading

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Interfering with life

The phrase, “I am a product of the ___ (name of district) public schools,” is one that evokes my shudder every time I hear or read it. The statement calls to mind the 12-step programs: “My name is ____ and … Continue reading

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Peace dove

I realized that these were people I saw once a year, and with whom I had no other contact. They did not even send holiday cards, much less call on the phone, or acknowledge the birth of a baby or an anniversary. Our relationship existed just one night per year. Continue reading

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Refusing to feed the frenzy

On “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, I participated in Buy Nothing Day, which has become my tradition. A friend, who had braved the shopping chaos, said that the local outlet mall (“Virginia’s Number One Tourist Attraction!”) was so packed … Continue reading

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The crazy woman

I heard the crazy woman’s loud voice coming up behind me as I stood in line while waiting for the library to open so I could donate a pint to the blood drive. “I thought that was a new style … Continue reading

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Quotes from Seabadge XIX

Ship 7916 scout and current Boatswain, Rebecca, started a tradition of collecting quotes from each activity. Since she was not able to attend the Seabadge XIX training (Charlie Crew rocked the hardest!) at the USCG Curtis Bay repair yard this … Continue reading

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