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    At a Loss on Election Day

    Next Tuesday is Election Day. And I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m at a loss on Election Day.   Every presidential election, I vote.  I vote based on my own reasons and beliefs at that time and moment in my life. The last presidential election, I...

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    Is ‘Gay’ A Bad Word?

    “Ma….is ‘gay‘ a bad word?”, my son asked me from the back seat as we made our way to a doctor’s appointment. There was a ton of traffic and it was just the two of us. He’s ten and I have always encouraged him to ask me anything and...

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    Ma’s Artwork

    About Ma’s Artwork on Society6… So, I like to create art from time to time – from acrylic paintings to mandala and zentangled drawings and some stuff in between.  I was REALLY excited when I discovered Society6 to promote my artwork in all different ways – from some of...

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    Career Building from a Position of Strength

    One tiny section of my cliff note’s  –  Career Building As I talk about in my Motherhood….and so much more page, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a long-standing successful sales career in the IT industry.  But career building in sales is an art and it takes diligence.  Every organization...

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    Mothers and Daughters

    With Mother’s Day coming up, I am reminded of the complexities that can exist between many mother-daughter relationships. There is often hurt, miscommunication, actions not always mirroring intentions, and the plain, old simple fact that we are both women – strong-minded women.   My mother and I are certainly...

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    My #1 Trick to Enjoy Leftover Wine

    I love wine. I usually enjoy a glass with my supper and sometimes another glass later on.  Sure, I love the relaxing effect it has on me, but I also love the color, the aromas, the nuances in taste…and for me (and I know this makes me sound like...

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    The Unspoken Darkness of Postpartum Depression

    I need to talk about something important.  We need to.  Because it’s the only way – the first step – in outing something so vile.  It’s the ugly, dark, shaming existence of living with and through postpartum depression. And I know something about it. I lived it.  And I got through it...

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    Loosening the Grip of OCD

    ***This post may contain triggers for some people suffering with OCD and Anxiety. It is the story of my personal experiences with OCD. Please exercise caution before proceeding at your own risk.*** DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed medical doctor. All information on this site should not be used as advice...

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    How I got rid of Bad Hair Days for GOOD!

    Let’s face it.  “Bad Hair Days” are not a made up thing. They exist. They are real.  Sometimes I swear it’s a miscommunication between me and my round brush while I strain to hold the dryer in the right direction.  Some days it’s because I’m rushed – wait, not some days, ALL...

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    Before you shop online again, DO THIS!

    I love to shop and I hate to shop. Sure, shopping is sort of pre-programmed into my female DNA (sorry to sound so stereotypical).  I honestly feel a strong need to stock up on household goods, clothing and necessities.  (This must be the ‘gatherer’ part of my DNA!) When everything...

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    4 Smartphone Money Making Apps

    So last fall, my sons and I were at a playground with one of my single mom friends and her son. I call her my seasonal friend, because we have been friends for years but live about 50 minutes away from each other and only get together by the...

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    School Day Hunger

    “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa Today, I read a story about a boy who asked his mother to start packing him an extra lunch for school. The mother learned that the extra lunch wasn’t for her son, but for another...

    NO MORE HOMEWORK!

    The other day my 7-year-old told me he didn’t want to go to college.  He said it was going to be too much work.  He had just finished the 1st grade. My soon to be 4th grader does deep breathing exercises on Sunday nights and on Monday mornings before...

    Cadbury Mini Eggs are the Devil

    So, those DAMN Cadbury Mini Eggs……. They are the DEVIL in a beautiful spring-colored egg-shaped disguise. I have a problem with them. A HUGE problem. But I rationalize it by saying it is only a SEASONAL problem. Every year, about a month and half before Easter, they are EVERYWHERE....