Category Archives: Lessons

The Ultimate F Word

      And I told you to be patient And told you to be fine And I told you to be balanced And I told you to be kind … Ed Sheeran  When the Divine Miss M was in … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Passing of Fred Phelps

As many of you know, Fred Phelps recently passed away.  He was the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church known for picketing funerals of Matthew Shepard and U.S. soldiers, as well as concerts and various other venues, with signs such … Continue reading

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What Does a Kid Know about Marriage … Quite a Bit, Actually.

PFLAG National filed an amicus brief with the Tenth Circuit in the marriage equality appeals.  It filed a similar brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Prop 8 case.  Their approach is to tell stories of inequality not just … Continue reading

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The Divine Miss M enters the teen years

January 8, 2001, 8:45 p.m. Thirteen years ago.  That’s when my whole life changed, cliché as it sounds.   I think, in hindsight, I was too young and too naive … but she arrived, anyway.  Since that moment, everything has … Continue reading

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Friendly Friday

After my last post, it seems prudent to share something more uplifting.  It’s easy to get bogged down in the jackassery we often see around us. But I remain convinced people are inherently good, generous and compassionate and the evidence … Continue reading

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Parenting Moments When You Know You Haven’t Totally Screwed This Up

Every now and then in the midst of the everyday and the good and bad parenting moments, you’ll have a moment of parental magic.  Usually the moment has little to do with you and everything to do with your child … Continue reading

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I can’t ‘have gone’ if I never ‘go’

I loathe running, which some might think odd since I’m a runner. I adore pancakes, which no-one would think odd unless they’re weird.  Because pancakes are … well, they’re pancakes, they speak for themselves. Also, they have little to do … Continue reading

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What I Realized During the Colorado Floods

It rained and it rained and it rained. Then it rained some more.  I suppose Mother Nature had a point to make but whatever it was I think she overdid it.  Being from the Bible Belt, I’m used to tornadoes … Continue reading

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Through the Years: A First Day Chronology

My last post reflected on my grandmother who passed away on Wednesday of this week.  In the midst of sadness, it is nice to celebrate fresh starts and new beginnings, even if they result in eye rolls from the 12-year-old who … Continue reading

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Defining a Grandmother

My parents were very young when I was born, as I’ve mentioned before.  As they grew into adults, they were as different as two people could be, as were their respective families.  My mom’s side of the family, which I … Continue reading

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