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A simple bowl of soup for Thanksgiving

The intention, rather than the food, can make a meal enjoyable and memorable. So it was this Thanksgiving, when the one course was leftover split pea soup, without even bread as an accompaniment. I had received two warm invitations to dine … Continue reading

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“Kick Ass Woman”

I recently found this old blog entry from seven years ago, when I was a newly-single mother, new home owner, and working a temp-to-hire admin position at a “beltway bandit” government contractor. That office was an awfully oppressive environment, in which the … Continue reading

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Blog Tour

Recently, I joined a local writer’s group, Write by the Rails – the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. Though I have not yet been able to attend group activities, I have enjoyed getting to know the other … Continue reading

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How do you even breathe?

On August 17. 2013, Sea Scout Ship 100 held a christening ceremony for its newest boat, BENJAMIN CHASE, which was named after Benjamin Wheeler and Chase Kowalski, the two Tiger Cub Scouts whose lives were cut short during the mass … Continue reading

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The mashed potato mindset

This morning I broke my vow to refuse to let the dirty pan sit there until the cook, who dirtied it, took the initiative to wash it herself. The resident young chef had made a delicious broccoli and cheese soup … Continue reading

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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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