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“We’s in the west”: a look back at my 2016 escape from slavery, 350 days in by Pamela Francis


My mother has an arsenal of platitudes that she has picked up, mostly from the Bible, and many from Dr. Phil, I was dismayed to come to realize recently. Not that I have anything against Dr. Phil. I think he’s a pretty smart and compassionate guy, from what I’ve observed. ...

Fostering Resilience


I am so happy to be in a new year. My birthday was at the end of December and I always appreciate new beginnings. With a December birthday there is nothing that compares to the birthday wishes on Facebook. All the wishes remind me of blowing a dandelion. I feel ...

Accolades and Lofty Credentials by Pamela Francis


If you know anything about the planets then you may be familiar with a little phenomenon called mercury retrograde which we are currently in the throes of and which serves to have us all revisit unfinished business. The unfinished business I am revisiting started last summer when my sons and ...

Improving Self Talk by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan


Well the ship has righted itself and I am feeling much better. My mom has been visiting for the past few weeks and having her around has helped me to stop the spinning wheels I had going in my head. I was treated to a great vacation with one of ...

Third Time Around by Sharon O’Donnell


       Having three sons with a ten school years between the oldest and youngest certainly has kept me busy. We've had at least one son in public school since 1996. Whew! That's a lot of school projects, vocabulary tests, and Algebra and Calculus tutors.  My youngest son will ...

Motherhood Later Giveaway: The Hip Hugger


When a purse is too much but a few extra pockets are needed to stash necessities like credit cards, a cell phone, and essential beauty gear – the "Hip Hugger” offers a hands free solution.  Created by Petal and Stem, the “Hip Hugger” makes tasks like traveling safe and easy with all one’s essentials within reach around ...

Acronyms of a Different Nature by Dana M. Spincola


     Each day I am more amazed at the number of acronyms that are commonplace among literature, speech and through social media—LOL! As a former school administrator, I was drenched in educational acronyms such as KWL, CCSS, APPR, PARCC and SLO. (Secretly, I am somewhat relieved for those to ...

A Letter of Thanks by Vicky Dal Molin


I used to think Air travel was an excruciating process…. Until that is when I travelled with a 2 year old. I was indeed made to learn that air travel can be far more agonizing than I could possible have imagined. So I started penning a letter to all the airlines, ...

Fear of an Enemy’s Return by Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston


I watched "Return to Amish" tonight.  For some it's probably really sad to watch...most caring people don't want to hear about somebody facing a potentially deadly disease.  Tonight the show shared more about Chapel's (She's the girlfriend of one of the ex-Amish on the show) cancer.  The last episode I ...

My Name is Jean Marie, and I’m the Yelling Mom by Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston


I was sitting here in my living room, legs propped up, blanket draped over my lower body, trying desperately to find a comfortable position on the couch while I tried to figure out what to blog about this evening.  My recent efforts to post have been sparse...there just aren't enough ...