Darkest Day of the Year: The Fire

 It was December 21st, in the year 2003. I remember it clear as day....more

Remember Me

 High school was an all right time for me. I'm glad it wasn't the best time of my life like a lot of people say it should be — I mean, I still have the rest of my life to live!...more

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

As I enjoyed the post yesterday, I thought I might stick with the theme and use the BlogHer prompt for November 3rd: What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger?  Do you still feel that way now? ...more

NaPloBoMo Day 1 - Barbie Dolls and Power Rangers

Daily Prompt taken from BlogHer: What was the one toy that a friend had that you wished you had when you were little? I was not allowed to play with Dolls.My Momma thought they were absurdSo everyday I'd try and stealA look at my neighbor's Barbie's curls.Try growing up with a Mom like mineWho went through hell in the 70sMarching out into the streetsYelling, "Down with the dictatorship!"...more

What I'm Learning In My 20's

Growing up is a scary thing. You go through some serious things and you start learning more about yourself than you even thought there was to yourself. I’ve only been in my 20’s for two years and it has been quite a time. I’ve gotten myself into poor situations, and gotten myself out of even worse. I’ve done things I wasn’t proud of, and I’ve done things I’ve never been prouder of. I’ve learned so much more about me as a person and even the world around me. And I still have so much more ahead....more

12 Perks of Growing Up in a Small Town

One thing that many people don’t know about me, and might not guess, is that I grew up in a small town. Like, really small. The population of the tiny town in Wisconsin where I grew up is approximately 1,000. That’s right. 1,000 people. Though I was born in Milwaukee, I spent ages 5-18 in this crazy small town....more

One More Chat, Mama

The bedtime routine is nearing its end. I can see the finish line! I can see my glass of wine, waiting for me in the kitchen down below.I lean in for the last kiss and wait for it. I know it’s coming, as it does almost every night.“One more chat, Mama?”It’s what my almost three-year-old asks of me nightly....more

Avoiding everything that is cool

When you become a parent, you are instantly not cool anymore. It doesn't matter what type of diaper bag, high-tech stroller or lifestyle you still try to maintain: You have oatmeal in your hair and you are carrying around the tools needed to clean up someone else's poop. (Please stop deluding yourself - you just aren't cool now.) ...more

I Was Born in a Small Town...

Some of my very first memories of what it meant to live in a small town  were my desperate dreams to escape it. I remember feeling so caged in  that at times I could barely breathe. ...more

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