Coffee Cups and Wedding Rings

I was just a few months shy of my 28th birthday when I first laid eyes on my husband. I had just recently come to the conclusion that I was destined to live and die alone, surrounded by nothing more than my beloved cats and cherished Beatles CD collection. After yet another disastrous date the …

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Monk Dreams and other things

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s one of the main questions we face in life, right up there with “why do we exist?” and “why can’t I ever figure out how to program two shows on my DVR while watching TV at the same time?” When he was three, my …

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Quick, Mom! Run and hide!

Moms, I’m going to be honest with you. There are some days when my dear, sweet, lovely children have driven me to the point of my head imploding.  When they have whined the 1,237th "Mommy!" and have managed to have about 35 mini-tragedies in nine minutes ("He took my Polly Pocket and tried to flush her …

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Moms Say the Darndest Things

Sometimes I talk too much. Okay, I talk too much most of the time. My husband can painfully attest to that fact. I had laryngitis last fall and could barely get out a whisper. I had never seen my husband so happy. And there are certain things a mom knows to never say if little kids …

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Yoga Love

Back when I didn’t know a thing about yoga, just the word itself would conjure up images in my mind. Mostly of New Age-y people wearing chakra jewelry and chanting Om while twisting themselves into pretzels. I was intrigued by yoga and knew it was an ancient practice that undoubtedly had some sound health benefits. …

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Resolutions for Slackers

One of my friends had a brilliant idea (go, Debra!) She said that this year, she was giving herself a fighting chance at New Year’s resolutions. She would set the bar much lower, making damn sure she couldn’t fail.  As a matter of fact, she had already succeeded at most of her goals. I immediately …

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The Best Christmas Ever

The holidays are upon us once again, arriving in my world at warp speed. Wasn’t Christmas just last week? And along with the endless barrage of Christmas commercials, so begins an acute and incurable state of “gimme-itis”. Whenever the kids see a commercial for the latest fad toy or electronic gadget and yell, “I want …

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This is How We Roll

As much as I try not to, I am constantly comparing my daughter to my son. Not in a negative or positive way, mind you. Just in a factual “Hmm…she is the complete opposite of her brother!” way. I often find it hard to believe they are related. Their different behaviors may be due to …

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The Long and the Short of It

Women seem to identify themselves by their hairstyle. Or, in my case, complete lack of style. I’ve had the same boring, long, brown, thick-as-a-rat’s-nest hair for my entire life. Well, aside from the late 70s, when my mom sent me out into the big bad world looking like a cross between Dorothy Hamill and Justin …

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There’s Always Room for Hot Cocoa

Change is creeping into my life. And I like it. The trees are dull yellow and orange, the pumpkins on the porch are frosty and there's an extra blanket on my bed. The candles on my kitchen table are lit. My warm, fuzzy slippers and mug of hot cocoa are calling me. Fall is the most …

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