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Why I​ Write

I was recently asked to think about WHY I WRITE. Good question. But here's a true story. When I was in second grade, I did, in fact, write a story about a walking, talking sponge named Bob. My teacher, Mrs. Shem, felt it was a masterpiece. She had red hair and smelled like lavender. And… Continue reading Why I​ Write

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Dear Daughter as you Move to Middle School

There are a few things I want to share with my daughter about this strangely awesome rollercoaster ride called middle school. Wear a bra. Otherwise known as an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. I know you’re going to feel self-conscious about it at first, but boobs are part of growing up. Everybody (if they’re lucky) has them. And you… Continue reading Dear Daughter as you Move to Middle School

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Life Lessons Learned Through Playing Sports

Working hard; eating humble pie; and embracing the suck... Here are a few things about life playing sports can teach: • Never give up. Even when you are down with seconds to go, it ain’t over till it’s over. If you fight until the final buzzer, sometimes it goes your way. The hungriest team often… Continue reading Life Lessons Learned Through Playing Sports

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Women Writers Who Rock

Three talented women. Three different points of view. All full of awesomeness, grit, and grace. These modern day rockstars shared with me what led them to write, their favorite personal piece they've written, and the advice they'd give anyone with a desire to put pen to paper. By the way, these are the kind of… Continue reading Women Writers Who Rock

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Everyone Needs a Ride or Die Friend

{Pretty One in the Middle: My Ride or Die} I think everyone needs one person. I have been blessed for over three-fourths of my life to have two. I was lucky to meet them in the fifth grade when my Dad's job in the Air Force relocated us after the Christmas break. Lucky for me, because… Continue reading Everyone Needs a Ride or Die Friend

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So I​t Turns Out Sweet Nothings Aren’t Really Nothing

They are everything... Entering the therapy room, sitting across from the person I had vowed to love yet could barely stand, I cringed at everything he said and did. I criticized; I lacked empathy and humility; I interrupted; I didn't consider his strengths; I withheld affection just because; I held back compliments and spewed out… Continue reading So I​t Turns Out Sweet Nothings Aren’t Really Nothing

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Halftime. What Military Deployment Feels Like for a Family

It feels like it has been forever, but also like it was just yesterday. It's the halfway mark of the military deployment, and it goes so fast and yet, oh...so...very...slow... In a nutshell, here's how it plays out in our family. Pre-deployment phase: Ladies and gentlemen, LET THE BICKERING BEGIN! Everyone is on edge and… Continue reading Halftime. What Military Deployment Feels Like for a Family

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All The Hard Things. Maybe I Can Do Them but Will Choose Not To

{All the Hard Things} Lately, it seems like I have been challenged to do a lot of hard things. Some by choice and others out of lack thereof. Take getting my son, who has bilateral cochlear implants, through his first season of tackle football the week after my husband left on a military deployment. For… Continue reading All The Hard Things. Maybe I Can Do Them but Will Choose Not To