Ask God and Grammie, Not Google

I'm a couple feet behind her in the kitchen, trying to give her enough space to show I have a confidence in her that I don't feel.Because clenched tightly in her tiny, six-year-old fingers is an egg.  And on the counter is a half a dozen more that she'd be breaking,...

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The Drive Behind Dottie

“I just want to give these parents something I never had – to help them in a way I was never helped...” “…It’s why I do what I do, every day.” It was a Friday evening in April, and I had just arrived at Mortensen Elementary in Littleton. Normally, when a teacher...

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To Dottie, Who Loves

“I just want to give these parents something I never had – to help them in a way I was never helped...”“…It’s why I do what I do, every day.”It was a Friday evening in April, and I had just arrived at Mortensen Elementary in Littleton. Normally, when a teacher enters...

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THE TIME I DID A HONDA COMMERCIAL

This was so fun. A couple of months ago, a good friend of mine asked if I'd do her a favor and show how my pretend-car was perfect for my jewelry business.  I jumped at the chance!My actual car has been on the road for a decade, and my family of future six-footers...

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While We Wait

My two-year-old son has a mind of his own.At lunchtime today, I poured some applesauce into a bowl, handed him a spoon, and asked him to join us at the table. He proceeded to throw himself on the floor in an all-out-tantrum: fists flailing and tears streaming down his...

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Kim and Miley, Meet Pure Dixie

Kim Kardashian. I look at her, and my jaw drops.  She is stunning in the way that I imagine Helen of Troy to be.  My hair will never shine like hers, and I will never be able to perfect a sultry stare under lengthy lashes.  Having children of my own, I can’t believe...

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To Lester, On Veteran's Day

It was sometime in the winter, probably around 1994.  I was a freckle-faced preteen searching for food and water after church.  I left my sisters behind and made a beeline for the table next to the back wall.  It had all the good stuff on it: the brownies and the...

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To The Other Woman

There is a woman who I've competed with for well over a decade.  She had my husband's love before I did, knows him in an absolutely intimate and familiar way that I never will, and he thinks she's perfect in every way.Thankfully, I'm not talking about a woman my...

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For Ian, Rest in Peace

It was 2008, and the school year was going great. It was a once-in-a-lifetime class for me: no parent complaints, amazing students who were respectful and eager to learn, and not a single bullying issue. It was the year that teachers dream about, the year that gives...

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To Christians: Bake the Cake

... And do it happily.I'm actually hesitant to post this.  I love political debates, but typically don't like to use my blog as an avenue to do it.But I've been consumed with this issue this past week.  And judging by leading stories on Yahoo! and social media, we all...

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