Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

Finding My Balance in Talking with the Teacher

It was the fall of 1992 and the election between George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton was really heating up.  I remember dad driving me to school each morning in the cluttered cab of his truck.  I would lean on the door, staring out the window of the homes that lined the small shady street… Continue reading Finding My Balance in Talking with the Teacher

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Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

Understanding and Recognizing an Exceptional Intelligence

I don't write much about my husband, mostly because he is an incredibly private man and I try to respect that, but today I am making an exception. I wish he saw the man that I saw or knew the man that I know.  I wonder how he doesn't look in the mirror each morning… Continue reading Understanding and Recognizing an Exceptional Intelligence

My Personal Perspective

The Legacy Of Our Friendships

It was 1940 when a lifelong friendship of two twelve-year-old girls would ignite, it was an epic friendship between Beth and Odean.  They would go through school years together, go on to college together, get married and celebrate being parents together. I can't blame fate so much as happenstance- seats were assigned based on the… Continue reading The Legacy Of Our Friendships

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Decades After A Loved One Has Passed

"So how long have you suffered from depression," the doctor leaned in this past summer reading over my chart. "I don't know, my dad died five days before my eleventh birthday, so with a tragic backstory like that who knows at what point the road of depression crossed over the road of trauma. Or was… Continue reading Decades After A Loved One Has Passed

My Personal Perspective

Reminding B the Super Power of Autism

B and I sat down this summer after a few incidents between him and Lil A, where her cognitive and behavioral differences were becoming more apparent to him this summer more than they did last. I asked, "Do you have anyone in your school that is really into one subject?   Like, let's say sharks.  And… Continue reading Reminding B the Super Power of Autism

My Personal Perspective, Step-Parenting To Do's

Finding Our Rhythms in Our Family Playbook

It was two Thanksgivings ago that we drove B from the Tennesee Valley to the Big Easy.  He would only be staying one of the three nights we would be there before flying home to his mom in Colorado that next morning. By the time we managed our way through the Thanksgiving rush of the… Continue reading Finding Our Rhythms in Our Family Playbook

Communicating Love, My Personal Perspective

5 Super Easy Ways to Support Your Blogger Friends

"Stop giving the people in your life homework," a friend of mine said when I discussed my struggle to receive any feedback from friends or family on my memoir I completed last fall. A writer cannot have a career without an audience, homework is just kind of part of the having a writer in your… Continue reading 5 Super Easy Ways to Support Your Blogger Friends

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5 Must Read Real Life Supernatural Thrillers

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small amount of money and you are granted the opportunity to support a starving blogger if you make a purchase using these links. I have officially started my third novel, that is yet again another memoir.  This one though has a twist, it's all about the… Continue reading 5 Must Read Real Life Supernatural Thrillers

My Personal Perspective

5 Game Changers That Could Stop School Violence

There has been so much conversation on school tragedy after school tragedy this year and the many ways that the government should handle it, or the educational institutions should fix it. Ideas like lock downs, gun control, hyped security measures are being thrown around. These things, though possibly a patch to slow the frequency of… Continue reading 5 Game Changers That Could Stop School Violence

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

7 Ways I am Coping With My PTSD As A Mom

The first time I was diagnosed with PTSD I was in my early twenties, over a decade after the very sudden loss of my father just a few days before my 11th birthday. The treatments for this were a blend of anti-anxiety medicines, antidepressants, mild forms of hypnotism, and months (well in reality years) of… Continue reading 7 Ways I am Coping With My PTSD As A Mom