Category Archives : Family


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An Open Letter To The Girl Who Is Trying To Impress My Son

It seems like just about everybody has advice for girls these days. What to wear, how to talk, whether to drink. As the mother of sons, I have a few things to say too, especially to girls who want to date my boys.* Here’s my dish. Dear Girl, I see you with your puckered lips and your barely-covered butt and […]


Hey, Mom, You Need to Read This

When I was a young mom of young children, I would sometimes confide to acquaintances that I was actually looking forward to the teenage years. They almost inevitably laughed at me. They said, “Oh, yeah, wait until he…” followed by some horror story of smart-alec, obnoxious, or even dangerous teen behavior. I would smile and […]

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Ten Interesting Things: Monty’s Birthday Edition

In celebration of my son’s 14th birthday today, ten interesting things about his birth, his childhood, and himself. Ten Interesting Things About Monty’s Birth 1. I went into labor while teaching at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I finished the class and drove home. My contractions on the drive home were 5 minutes apart. 2. I was […]

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The Dummy’s Guide to Building a Christmas Tree Out of Books

You know those “dummy’s guide to” books? I hate them. Seriously, people. The fact that I am buying books demonstrates that I am not a dummy. Give me a little credit. This entry, however, is a dummy’s guide–not because *you’re* a dummy, but because I am. At least when it comes to construction. And you […]


Not sure I did the right thing…

Splitting my personality into three distinct blogs may not have been the best choice. It’s too confusing. Should I post this here? Or there? Where does it belong? Anyway. Had an interesting day. Mostly work and taking Eli to the doctor and starting him on new diet & supplements for his tummy troubles and anxiety… And then […]

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I’m Grateful For: Kids Who Think We’re Way Cooler Than We Really Are 1

The setting: It’s the night before Thanksgiving, after dark. We’re traveling down I-85, right through downtown Atlanta. Everett, Age 4: Whoa! Look at that tower! It’s a tower of LIGHT! Carey: Cool, huh? It sure is pretty. Everett, in awe: Yeah! After a moment’s thought: Doo, is that the tower you and John built? Carey: […]