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Writing

Writing is my life. My drive. I sit down and the stories pour out of my mind. Sometimes so fast my hand can’t keep up. If life—kids and laundry—didn’t bombard me, I could write a book a month. Well, maybe a month and a half. There are times though, when trying to get published is overwhelming. I realized early in my writing journey that editors and agents are human with inhuman jobs. They have good and bad days and aren’t perfect. Unfortunately, because of the publishing industry’s demands, the author is expected to be faultless. As authors, we dream of …

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Being A Mom

Life is hard. You turn around, thinking you have broken free from the daily trials, but you are right back in the deepest, muckiest mire. Sound familiar?  Welcome to my world. My son has Asperger’s—high-functioning autism. Have you ever bitten into a scrumptious-looking cherry pie, only to have your lips pucker, jaws tightening painfully? You expected a sweet cherry flavor with a hint of almond. Instead, sour grapes. Not literally, but you understand the analogy.  Do not expect…it will not happen. One thing learned from the ups and downs…my son is a change artist. I will never figure him out, …

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My Friend

I said good-bye to a friend this week. Have you ever known someone who never knew a strange or made everyone feel like a best friend? Whose smile was wide and beautiful : who truly loved life? She loved and was loved by everyone who knew her. I miss my friend. She spoke her mind, fought effortlessly for her beliefs, but always listened to the other opinions. If her words accidently hurt, she apologized immediately. But never changed her stance. The time I had her as my friend, I grew. She taught me to believe in myself and to embrace …

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Parent Guidelines

I ran across an old ‘Dear Abbey’ article that I had cut out years ago–before I had kids of my own. As I reread the ten pieces of advice, I realized they still apply to today’s kids the same as they did to me growing up. In my opinion, a few of the more important ones are as follows: 1. Nag us a little. Be strict. Show us that we have strong support but that you are boss. 2. Stay calm. Never react in anger. 3. Let the punishment fit the deed. Scare us when you catch us doing wrong …

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Youth

Life is an interesting conundrum. When a young adult graduates from high school, the world is untapped and open for discovery. Unfortunately, the decisions that young person faces can, unknowingly, open up a duel pathway, either easy or hard. Another layering of choices further entrenches the future’s path. Money, knowledge, and contacts are essential in this forward advancement. However, unbeknownst to most young adults at this time in their life, luck and common sense are also major players. Some students graduate and make a decent living early on, while others—from financial, medical, or family-related problems—drop out and make do with …

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