“Tri”-ing Something New.

For the past ten years or so, I usually set my sights on an annual goal; something new I haven’t experienced or something that pushes me farther along a familiar path. In this way I’ve run my first marathon, my first sub-5 hour marathon, my first trail run, my first...

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Shhhhh….Some of Us are Sleeping, here.

One of the advantages of all your children being teenagers is that, during the summer, nobody rolls out of their bedroom until at least 10:30. “Hooray!” I thought, “I am going to get so much done!” Wrong. So wrong. When presented with the wide open freedom of...

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Stop with the Mornings, Already.

Today did not start out well. My 8th grade son burst into my bedroom, looking for a ride to school. This was cataclysmic for a number of reasons: first off, I hadn't had any coffee. Not a drop. I hadn't even managed to stumble to the coffee maker. I had gotten as far...

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WTH is going on around here?

My, how quickly things change. The other day, I started to write a bit on business and the environment because I had just seen a video posted by the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, inviting beleaguered American scientists, researchers and engineers to come...

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A Gloomy Little Kitchen Tale.

So, 2017 is shaping up to be the year Lanie learns to deal with disappointment. First, the human equivalent of a malevolent toe fungus took up the highest office in our country. Then, and maybe more devastatingly, our home appraisal came in so unexpectedly low that...

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Put it all back!

Lordy, lordy, I've been off kilter for days. You see, last week, and for no good reason, I decided to move our furniture. You are maybe thinking that it isn’t really a big deal, but you would be wrong. Nineteen years ago we moved into our house. I looked around. I...

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1610 Days Until We Have an Empty Nest…Not that I’m Counting

Our second child is graduating this year. Not only that, but all of our kids are now teenagers. Occasionally a random child will catch me standing in the doorway of their room, a distant look in my eyes, and ask me what I'm doing. "Oh, nothing." I say, putting on a...

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It’s Gonna’ Cost You.

  Last week I posted a video to my Facebook page, as you do. The video, which everyone has probably seen by now, was of Jason Chaffetz asserting that folks needed to stop buying themselves new iPhones and invest in their own healthcare. To make "hard choices" as...

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You Can Caucus When You’re Grown. For Now, Clean Your Room.

Congress has been in recess, and for the past several days, my Facebook feed has been swamped with articles about Republicans' complete bafflement as to their raucous town hall meetings. Honestly, do none of them have children? Specifically teenagers? I have four...

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Coughs and Sneezes.

Oy. How are you feeling? I'm finding out that all this barely suppressed, politically-induced rage is hell on the immune system. I think I've been some sort of sick all but maybe three days since the inauguration. Last week started with a cough and by the next day, I...

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  • Geanette on Shhhhh….Some of Us are Sleeping, here.Good on ya' love! That is a WIN of a Monday if I ever saw one! I also love that no matter WHAT Kirk does to the back yard, you remain Not. A. Farmer. 🤗
  • Patty on Shhhhh….Some of Us are Sleeping, here.You DO win at life! I am with you about mornings...wish I didn't have to get up as early as I do. You keep doin' what you are doin'!
  • Tina on Stop with the Mornings, Already.Awesome post! Really captures this time of year for us moms- thanks!
  • Deborah on Stop with the Mornings, Already.I adore this post Melanie for so many reasons. It doesn't need to be confirmed, but honestly his hair did look amazing. I'll email you some pictures that I took this morning of our "babies", sometime hopefully before they graduate high school.
  • Bruce J Wallis on Put it all back!Excellent column, Melanie. I just got a little teary reading it.

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