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Tomorrow morning, homes will start to stir with coffee makers brewing, children impatiently waiting, dogs scratching at the backdoor, parents readying cameras, and families gathering near the tree. For some, the day will begin with excitement and expectation. For others it might begin with loneliness and perhaps a bit of dread. For all of us, wherever […]

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Forced family fun. That’s what we called it when my siblings and I were growing up and my parents dragged us all over kingdom come to create memories. Whether we were climbing miles up a mountain to swim in a lake created by a melted glacier, or touring yet another Civil War battlefield in the pouring […]

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  One evening I made brownies after the kids were long in bed. I have a sweet tooth, and John and I had decided to enjoy warm fudge brownies fresh out of the oven while we watched a movie. Before we went to bed I sealed the brownie pan with tin foil and hid it […]

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Today I took my kids on a mini road trip to the strip mall about an hour away. We had lunch and got a few things they needed and a special treat each. On the drive home the sun was getting lower in the sky and the voices of two dear friends singing “It Is […]

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A couple summers ago my parents took the kids for the whole weekend so John and I could catch up on some much needed sleep, enjoy a few dates, and just have some much needed alone time. Saturday was rainy and slow so we decided to hit up our local antique mall to browse at […]

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Ask any mother what she holds more dear – her life or the lives of her children – and she will not even take a breath before telling you it is her children. I have two beautiful black children. Two children who are immigrants in this country but belong here just as much as my […]

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“Oh honey, they’re doing that because they like you!” The first time I remember feeling humiliated and objectified was in sixth grade. Two boys made up a story about seeing me through the window while I was taking a shower and spread it all around school. They made up descriptions about my body and expected me to […]

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