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Viola, Matriarch

Surrounded by 91 laughing, mingling people I leaned into my grandmother, Viola Barksdale, at her 90th birthday party. Look at all the people you made!" I quipped. She beamed. I love getting to see everyone, but I most enjoy seeing how…
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Law of Attraction & Money: Once Upon a Christmas (How To Give a Valued Christmas Gift)

Annually, my kids and I do a clearing practice on their rooms. We go through their stuff and decide what is no longer giving them joy. You can tell a lot about what a person really values and uses by what they no longer want a year after they…
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Crazyass Authentic People Rock, Even If They Are Mormons

I have the pleasure of being related to some crazy people who rock. And some really normal people too. We grew up Mormon. Mormons started out all rebellious and revolutionary, with wildly awesome ideas about God and choice and equality of…
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Law of Attraction & Relationships: Get a Happy Divorce

On Monday we got a divorce. While waiting, my minutes-away-from-being-not-my-husband and I sat peacefully and amicably on the back row and watched one father talk about "reunification" therapy (not allowed to see his kids without third-party…
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Law of Attraction & Money: Spring Break Staycation, Frugal or Free

It's Spring Break and we're staying home. We live in a town where people come for vacation. The kids and I made a list of free and frugal things we want to do this week. $2 movie matinee, Alvin and the Chipmunks Shipwrecked, ($6) Great…
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Time Declares Chore Wars Over

Ruth Davis Konigsberg wrote and article in Time Magazine declaring that men are pulling their weight at home and at work, though women still feel put upon. Turns out that statistically both husband and wife, father and mother, feel equally…
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Zoo Fun

Lately I haven't been having enough play in my life. It's been all stress and anxiety. The "what ifs" have been having a circus in my brain, doing cartwheels, making me a mess of fearful futures that aren't even that scary. The biggest "what…

Light In Their Eyes

There's a tendency to carry "junk" to the family gatherings around the holidays. They're disappointed in me because I ... ... didn't go to the right college. ... married outside of my race, class or religion. ... got pregnant…