The Backbone of the American Dream

If you’d asked me as a teenager, I’d have told you for sure I’d be getting out of here. That there’s no way at 33 years old I’d be living in my hometown where the biggest attraction is the Baseball Hall of Fame, 40 miles away. That I’d be raising a family not two minutes…

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That Look of More Than Love

Ever had that look in your eye? Not the look of that dapper man staring straight into your soul, but the look of that girl on his left staring right into his heart. It’s a look made not of love alone. It’s the reflection of a bond strengthened by truths confessed, “I-love-you-even-thoughs“, and the comfort…

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4 Things Moms of Kids with Food Allergies Need You to Know

I wrote this post in honor of Food Allergy Awareness week (May 12-18, 2019), and it was featured on the TODAY Parents and the TODAY Show Facebook pages, generating over 2000 shares between the two platforms. I’m incredibly grateful to the TODAY Community for helping to spread awareness for this important topic.

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A New Season

Something changes when you become a writer. Time slows. You begin to savor the tiniest experiences. You breathe in the details and your mind races for the perfect descriptions to relive them through written word. Simplicities become complexities, yet somehow, everything seems simpler. Spring is breaking, and it’s a perfect day for a run on the…

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When the Sun Came Out Again

She was born during a snow storm in the middle of December in upstate New York, where the winters are long and grey. Returning home with her from a week-long NICU stay was the start of one of the most trying times in my life. I was relieved to have her home. Relieved that she was…

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The biggest writing mistake I’ll never make again…

Urban Dictionary defines a “troll” as someone who deliberately pisses people off in an online newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption, argument, or to get a reaction. Seasoned writers know to avoid interaction with these people at all costs. However, I’m fairly new at this. I recently had a personal essay published…

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Christmas — Filled with Fortune, Fraught with Guilt

🎶”It’s Christmas time.”🎵 The first line of a Christmas classic by charity music group ‘Band Aid 30’ rings through the car speakers. I fight the urge to change the station even though I know that dreaded verse is coming… “And the Christmas bells that ring there, are the clanging chimes of doom. Well tonight thank…

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When You Think You’ve Got it Together, but Nope

I didn’t write the book on “the new mom feeling of failure”. It’s not a new concept by any means, but the past few months I’ve been extremely hard on myself. Like, way worse than normal and should be acceptable. I basically feel like an epic mess in every aspect of life and motherhood. Dog…

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Mondays Hurt

“You shouldn’t live your life for the weekends”, they say. But right now, I do. When I arrive at my office on Monday mornings, a giant void fills me and I’m already counting the hours to 4pm. It’s not because I hate my job. It’s not because my nights and weekends are filled with spontaneity…

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The Hole in my Heart Where Home Used to Be

— *at home 1 : relaxed and comfortable : at ease This morning, Facebook reminded me that exactly one year ago was the last time I set foot in the house I considered home for nearly 30 years. Two years after my parents put it on the market, the sign on the lawn now read…

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A letter to Grandpa, in Heaven

Originally written in Cocoa Florida, April, 2012 A rainy day in a place where you spent so much of your life seems like a good day for reflection. One of my deepest sorrows in life is not having gotten to know you longer—to have shared more of my life with you. All I really have…

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