Girl. Woman. Girl. Girl. Girl. Girl.

She was 14, maybe. Her mom or caregiver yanked her by the arm, and hissed, "What is wrong with you?"  ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for ...more

Too Much Stuff: An All-American Problem

Editor's Note: This NaBloPoMo post was originally published on November 9, 2015. ...more

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable or Drive the Guests Away With These 9 Tips

And there are the social dynamics to consider: Who should sit by whom? Little Janie is in 6th grade now and has the start of teen angst, is she going to be offended by having to sit at the kids' table? Will all of my relatives get along, or will ...more

When Your Dog Awkwardly Kills Your Other Pet

No better way to ruin a tea party than to have your pet casually murder your other pet. ...more

How My Son Got Me to Work Out at the Crack of Dawn

Editor's note: Working out on a regular (or even semi-reg) basis is kind of like taking part in NaBloPoMo. You have to show up and do the work every day, no excuses. This post was originally published on November 17. --Nicole ...more

12 of My Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Editor's Note: Watching kids getting deep into books is always a treat. And seeing them get excited to learn or laugh -- or both! -- about holidays like Thanksgiving is pretty high up there, too. This NaBloPoMo piece offers up some great choices for children's books about Thanksgiving. It was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for five minutes and letting the words flow; no editing, no second-guessing. And it's an honest, thoughtful piece. This post was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more
I really enjoyed reading this and will try the 5 minute activity! I totally agree, the social ...more

Christ, Our Redemption

 In Ephesians Chapter 1, Paul explains to us that it is through Christ Jesus that we have redemption from our sins.Ephesians 1:3-14, NKJV...more

An end of the month giveaway! | Mrs. Jones Could Use a Beer

Jessica It’s giveaway time!The end of November is nearly upon us. I am still hanging in there to win NaBloPoMo. Five more posts to go!If you’ve stuck with me this entire month, you’re no doubt pretty tired of me popping up everywhere on Facebook and Twitter, and in your email inbox, and I sincerely appreciate you for putting up with that....more

Caregiver’s Guide to Enjoy Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving can be a holiday filled with joy and fellowship, it can also be a time of increased stress in caregiving… but it doesn’t have to be....more

The REAL Thanksgiving


Real Estate Fraud: What You Need to Know Before Buying a House

Real estate fraud comes in many different forms. Some examples include faking a real estate transaction with no real property or house to sell (can happen to out of state/country buyers) or a person pretending to be a real estate agent to swindle money from clients.And there are many, many more examples of real estate fraud unfortunately. I fell for a real estate scam.Someone had pretended to be my real estate agent through email and directed me to transfer tens of thousands of dollars to a fake bank account....more

In Staying Mad, The Past Is Alive

I can’t stay mad at you. I like today’s Daily Prompt over at WordPress. It refers to our focus. Are we focused upon the present, or the past? Staying mad at someone keeps your focus on your perception of what they did. That’s past tense. I know because I’m currently studying Latin and I’m learning once again about verb tenses. It’s easier now, given that I had three years of Spanish in high school and two years of French in college....more

Turkey trauma: Me, myself and my memories

Am I the only one on American soil who isn't thankful for Thanksgiving? The turkey cooks my goose every year as I anticipate the fun-filled day of planning, preparing, cooking, coordinating, jostling, juggling, and otherwise stressing and strategizing  to make the perfect Thanksgiving feast.As I've attempted before.With fear and trembling. Of course. Thanksgiving is definitely about me, myself, and memories of my turkey traumas -- or dramas....more

Finding Jackie Chan 2

In two days, I gave my brother and his wife the San Francisco 101 tour. We rode the cable car, visited the fortune cookie factory and Alcatraz. We ate our way through the Ferry building grabbing Vietnamese noodle bowls and fancy cheeses and bread. We got the coveted picture in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and drove down the most crooked street in the world, Lombard. We drove up and down super steep hills that make any snow-state driver wonder how the city would survive in a snowstorm; it wouldn’t. ...more

Be Positive

6 Steps to Become "an Expert".!

NaBloPoMo nov.25 PromptIn simple terms, an expert is a person who does what he does in a successful manner. It means anyone can be an expert. The secret lies in the need to complete the work and devotions that a person makes to do it in the right way. When we carefully evaluate lives of an experts we can see they resemble in a same manner.What ordinary person lacks is the will, the determination, motivation, the belief and the proper self esteem. The way a society defines a expert is different bit than this. They define the people who shines in a particular way than anyone else. Society defines an expert as an unique person. But anyone can become an expert by their heart....more