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A Montana Retreat: Beauty, Inspiration and A Circle of Trust

June 15, 2015
Ranch

So, I have a “big” birthday coming up (yeah, you know, I’m turning 29 again – wink wink) and I wasn’t sure I wanted to have a party. For my 40th, I had rejected the party idea and chose a nice vacation instead. For this one, I knew I wanted to do something special, something I would […]

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Middle Dude’s 2nd Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand

June 8, 2015
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  It’s that time of year again…lemonade time! It also means it’s time to raise money for a very important cause: childhood cancer. Middle Dude and I are already preparing to make our homemade lemonade (with a little help from Ina Garten’s recipe) and we hope you’ll be ready to drink a cup and help […]

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Sleep-Away Camp: The New Rehab (For Video Game Addicts)

June 2, 2015
No Video Games

It’s no secret that Little Dude loves his video games. A few years ago we attempted to put restrictions on his playing time. But then his diagnosis and subsequent year-long treatment happened and any restrictions were quickly tossed aside in favor of keeping him as comfortable and happy whenever possible. Post-treatment we remained lax, rationalizing that […]

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Lie Flat On The Lawn

May 26, 2015
North lawn

Two days ago, I found out that one of my childhood friends had suddenly passed away, shortly after her 50th birthday. She was one of those friends that was an important part of my growing up years. As we entered middle school, we drifted apart, but still remained friends or at least “friendly” through high […]

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My School Trip Chaperoning Comes To An End

May 7, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com As Little Dude approaches the end of 5th grade, I’ve realized that the opportunity to be a parent chaperone on any school field trips is also coming to an end. In middle school, there are very few field trips, and when they do have them, chaperoning by parents is usually not […]

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The “Right Fit” School

April 28, 2015
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The college acceptance frenzy has recently ended. Most high school seniors can breathe a collective sigh of relief, assuming they are going where they intended to go, be it college, a gap year, or a trade school. While their first (or second or even third) choice college may have crushed them with a rejection, they […]

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April 21st – A Birthday and an Anniversary

April 21, 2015

Today, April 21st — would have been my mother’s 77th birthday. It’s been two years since she’s been gone. I can’t decide if it seems like more or less than that. Either way, it sucks. My missing her so very much hasn’t changed and in some ways, it’s gotten worse. The more time that passes, […]

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I Once Won An Award For…(Hint: A horse bite was involved)

April 2, 2015
Finish the Sentence Friday

View image | gettyimages.com Nobody ever told me not to bother a horse when it was eating. I was a fearless, confident nine-year old, who loved all animals, and most especially, this horse named Shane. Shane was my second favorite horse at sleep-away camp, second only to Secora, who was everyone’s sweetheart. I liked Shane […]

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How I Became A Bucket-Filler

March 18, 2015

Is compassion an inherent trait or can it be taught? Or, is it something you discover only after you’ve needed it the most? I’ve thought about this a lot over the past year, as I count each month that we are further away from what was a really BAD year. It was a year when we […]

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The February Lament

February 11, 2015

Last year at this time, I was bitching complaining that everyone was posting their exotic vacation photos while I was sitting in a hospital room with Little Dude, who was undergoing treatment at the time. The weather was miserable, Little Dude was miserable, and I was miserable. My post had been titled, “Why I Dislike Anyone Who […]

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When Is It The “Right” Age For My Kid To Walk Home Alone?

January 20, 2015
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Recently, there was controversy surrounding a Maryland mother who let her 10-year old and 6-year old children walk around the neighborhood without adult supervision on a regular basis. Apparently, someone thought those kids were way too young to be out on their own and reported her to Child Protective Services for not being a good mama. […]

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