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within these walls

Within These Walls Is All We Need

I used to think we needed a bigger house. I used to bemoan our cramped quarters. Two kids in one bedroom with stuff stacked everywhere. One baby in a tiny nursery. An open living room overtaken by children’s toys and chairs and tables and a play kitchen. A dining table that functions as a homework […]

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Need a Colonoscopy? Some Tips from a Busy Mama

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.   I turned 38 earlier this month. Sometime soon (when quarantine ends), I’ll be having my 3rd colonoscopy. Most women don’t need to start getting them until they’re 50. And if everything’s normal, they won’t need another until they’re 60. My normal, however, involves one every three years.  My […]

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little women

We Are All Little Women

Little Women was nominated for six Oscars, and deservedly so. I’m not writing this post to complain about why I wish it had won more than Best Costume Design. I’m also not here as an English teacher, analyzing the merits of Greta Gerwig’s artistic liberties with adapting Louisa May Alcott’s classic. I’m here to try […]

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dear first-year teacher

Notes for a First-Year Teacher

Dear first-year teacher, Welcome to the profession. I know it’s been a few weeks since you officially started, but I was too busy getting my kids (and myself) ready for the school year to get this post finished sooner. During this whirlwind, I saw you setting up. You turned the key in your new classroom […]

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Fairfield County nail salons

Mamas, Sit Back and Enjoy :: A Round-up of Fairfield County Nail Salons

Mamas, it’s still summer. Your hands are still tired from digging in the sand, throwing balls, picking berries, slathering on sunscreen. Your legs and feet are still tired from working overtime chasing after kids. Or maybe you’re extra tired because you’re very pregnant. You really deserve a break. But, let’s be real, you probably only […]

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