July 2013


muddy shoesSeveral times over the last few days I’ve realized that my kids stink. I’m not talking about in attitude, I mean in the kind of B.O. and foot odor that make me roll down the truck windows in the middle of a Texas summer. But you know what? I love it.

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Southern roots and the N-word

July 26, 2013

Born and raised in Texas, my southern roots run deep. Racism is still fresh enough in the town where my parents live that my folks can show me where the segregated schools were, the “colored” water fountain, and where each race was expected to worship on Sunday morning. I have tried to abandon the labeling […]

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Shacking up versus marriage

July 23, 2013

I read a fascinating article yesterday about the rising frequency of cohabitation (a.k.a. living together) before marriage. The living arrangement seems to have lost a lot of its taboo. As a happily married woman who has never experienced this first-hand; I find the topic fascinating. Tweet

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Chores: How young it too young?

July 19, 2013

Parents establish cleanliness habits from a young age. We teach our kids to take a bath, wash their hair, brush their teeth, and how to take care of their toileting needs because we know that establishing these habits young will make them routine as they grow older. Chores, however, are not as cut-and-dry. At what […]

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Extended Life Anniversary

July 15, 2013

About this time 10 years ago, I was sitting in the waiting room at the hospital waiting for another update on my father-in-law. I was pregnant with my first full-term child, and there was a very real possibility that she would never meet her grandfather. Tweet

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Massage Wisdom (Part 2 of 2)

July 12, 2013

On Tuesday I shared the wisdom given to me by an amazing masseuse. Based on his insight and my personal experience, I’ve been brainstorming what we, as women, can do to help ourselves move forward from our stress spiral. What I have put together is a rather simple idea, and I’d love your feedback. Tweet

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Massage Wisdom (Part 1 of 2)

July 9, 2013

Tuesday night I treated myself to a much-needed massage. Between three kids, a full-time writing career, normal household necessities, and a husband who is prepping for another week awake… my stress level frequently gets out of control just like everyone else’s. What I received from this masseuse was way beyond tension release. Thirteen years of […]

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