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In the dimming July twilight, I saw a mother duck waddle from the grassy medium onto the left shoulder ahead of us. Behind her shuffled six fuzzy, yellow little ducklings onto the shoulder. 296 more words

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Sydney is only a day away.

Somebody. Pinch me.

Tomorrow, I will be in Sydney. For a few nights. Child free. And while I’ve been very excited about it, and feeling a little guilty about not feeling guilty (haha), I think my nervous stomach (blergh) has betrayed me. 563 more words

Parenting and Academic Conferences

I attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, FL last month. The conference was intellectually stimulating, the conversation was engaging, and the networking was immensely productive. 453 more words

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C-Section? God damn right you gave birth.

Brace yourselves. I have my ranty pants on. I try to keep this a place where I do not share bad things (I’m not into hate reading or outrage mongering), but as I’ll explain…there’s a reason I’ve made an exception for this one. 780 more words

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Write What You Know...Or Not

Seems like nowadays I’m getting ideas from any and everywhere. Whether I’m having a bland conversation with a coworker or daydreaming in line at Starbucks, inspiration can strike at any time. 593 more words


No dummy.

So it happened. Yesterday morning. He coughed and it fell in the toilet. And that was that.

Yep. After months of wondering when the right time would be to tackle the Little Mister’s giving up of the dummy/pacifier/binky/soother (whatever you know it as), fate sorted it out for me quick smart. 1,711 more words

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Pain is a Gift

My four-year-old daughter tugs on my shirt as I stand at the sink washing dishes and says, “Mommy, I have a gift for you.” I turn to see her green eyes wide with delight, and in her chubby hand, rests a softball-sized item wrapped in white printer paper that has been decorated with crayon scribbles. 277 more words

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