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A Little Potty Talk
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Where There is Love…
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Hooray for Summer (Exclamation Point): Steps to a Successful Break (Question Mark)
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Let’s Get Organized: a Stepwise Process for Parents and Kids
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When a Loved One is Seriously Ill

A Little Potty Talk

I completed a half marathon last weekend and this time,  I crossed the finish line under my own power (my first “half” didn’t go nearly as well…but that’s another story).  Along the way I was relieved to find a port-a-potty a) because I really had to go and this meant b) I was actually well-hydrated for this run through our high-altitude, arid climate.  After taking care of business, I was startled to see a man sitting by the side of the road near the portable stall.  I hadn’t seen him before so I felt a little creeped out, especially as…

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Where There is Love…

If someone were to ask me if I were a more of a religious person, or more of a spiritual one, I would say I am definitely more spiritual.  I believe there is a reason for everything, things become as they are supposed to be.  Not that I’m always happy with the reason or the result, but I truly believe the world becomes as it should. Someone I know recently shared with me a beautiful quote taken from mystery novel The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny: “Where there is love there is courage, where there is courage there is peace, where there…

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Hooray for Summer (Exclamation Point): Steps to a Successful Break (Question Mark)

It’s almost here!  For some of us, it already is.  Summer break.  Honestly, my head is spinning the school year went by so fast.  And I feel totally unprepared for having my brood around for three months.  So I dug up this post from a year ago to help refresh my brain on how to (and not to!) navigate summer with kids.  And I hope it helps you, too: A year ago, as the school year drew to an end, I wrote a post that received some flak.  In Hooray for Summer? (In retrospect, Horrors, It’s Summer! would have been…

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Let’s Get Organized: a Stepwise Process for Parents and Kids

One of the least “organized” decisions we can make as adults is to become parents.  Is there anything less neat, orderly and predictable as having children in the house?  And if you can show me a mom who, without missing a beat, can juggle the school field trip schedule, remember who likes what cold lunch fixings and recall if she brushed her teeth that morning…I’ll show you a mythical Greek Goddess. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the messy business of parenting.  I adore my kids.  In fact, I relish the unpredictability of their fights, their ever-changing school…

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When a Loved One is Seriously Ill

This week’s post was supposed to be about how to help our kids learn to be more organized but that’s just not going to happen.  Sometimes life takes us on a detour from from our best-laid plans. As I switched gears on what to write this week, I realized it’s still about organization but in a different vein.  The good news?  It doesn’t require a visit to The Container Store.  The bad news?  It’s about bad news. Sadly, it’s inevitable. But that’s the very reason we don’t want to think about a family member getting sick.  As in:  it’s going…

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