How an extrovert copes with an empty nest!

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I was an only child. This might sound like heaven to folks who have visions of only children being waited on hand and foot by doting parents. Let me assure you that never happened. If fact, my mother, when asked why she didn’t have more children, will always unashamedly admit it was because she didn’t […]

Veterans and their families have been angry for a long time. It’s time for the rest of you to get angry too.

For the rest of the world, the news of the most recent VA scandals is shocking.The media this week is filled with outrage and indignation, including replays of President Obama, in 2008, vowing to get to the bottom of the issues with the VA. For veterans and their families this news was not new. We have […]

The only way to end inequality is to keep pointing it out! Every! Single! Time!

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We live in a society still awash with inequality. It is all around us, every single day. We think we’ve overcome it. We think women are treated the same as men, but we aren’t. We think racism is a thing of the past. It isn’t. We think we’ve almost won the fight against homophobia. We’ve […]

Those kids and that damn music – again!

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Parts of this post were originally published last summer, but I thought it worth repeating this week!  Why is it that once some of us hit a certain age we forget that we also were once “those damn kids.” Why don’t folks remember when we were the ones who enjoyed music that drove our parents over the edge. […]

Motherhood is about choices, and the first one is the most important!

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Over and over I’ve started and back-spaced and restarted this blog. As the mother of four children by birth, and others by love, I usually write something heart-felt and moving on this weekend, about the experience of being a mother. This year especially, as my own mother turns 80 on Mother’s Day, it seems a […]

What’s missing in my empty nest life?

Awkwardly this afternoon, my neighbor’s eyes met mine on her way out of the elevator, and then darted down as she softly said “hello.” Her little girl, unaware of the uncomfortable history the two of us grown-ups share, came to a full stop directly in front of me and presented her biggest, brightest smile, one […]

Rights are not only guaranteed to the intelligent!

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I was so excited to be quoted in Aaron Prill’s latest blog. Of course, my words were completely taken out of context, but he included a link to my blog and I always enjoy more hits! This was part of the quote: “Life happens and there are so many things in our lives that are beyond […]

We all have a calling! Mine has involved handing out condoms!

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In honor of Phyllis Schlafly’s most recent stupid comments, and all the most recent “debates” about contraceptives, I thought it was necessary that I once again reveal one of my secret super hero identities! (To those who may have missed it, the original reveal was in a BDN blog from 2011)! You see, Schlafly, who […]