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Helpful Holidays: Small Business Saturday

I seem to have a disproportionately high number of friends with creative businesses and side gigs. My Instagram feed is crammed with folks making cool stuff, which makes me endlessly happy. There is probably some law of the universe stating that creative, multi-plate spinning people will naturally gravitate toward each …

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Helpful Holidays: My Favorite Fair Trade Gifts

In anticipation of Black Friday and the kickoff of the holiday season next week, I’m starting a little series called Helpful Holiday, in which I share a few of my faaaaaaaavorite thiiiiiiiiiiiings (singing and dancing in the Alps optional) for your consideration as holiday (or anytime!) gifts. This week’s installment is …

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Helpful Holidays: Fighting Human Trafficking

Ohio has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the country (source), but we are also fortunate to have many forces, large and small, fighting the problem. As part 1 of my Helpful Holidays series, I’d like to highlight some of these fantastic organizations and institutions and encourage …

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To My Child After the Grown-ups Failed

Dear Baby, It’s taken me almost a week to write this post, partly because you haven’t slept particularly well since last Wednesday. (Are you regressing to the newborn stage in solidarity with our country setting itself back to 1952? Making Fire Monkey great again?!) But mostly because I have been …

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The Myth of Passion

I once got into a semi-heated (lukewarm?) debate with a guy I was dating, whom I shall call Bird Brain for his love of the ornithological, over the relative importance of passion vs. dedication in a relationship. He was on Team Passion while I knew, even then (when I understood …

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Great Expectations

I’m resurrecting and remixing this post from three years ago because the mind-blowing wisdom of it rings truer now than ever before in the new light of marriage and parenthood. Before 2011 I would say I was a very goal-oriented, moderately driven and perfectionistic person. What I wanted, I got, …

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The Organizational Beast-o-tron

By definition, organization is not a strong suit of the A-minus Mama. Sure, I love creating organizational schemes, but the execution is…usually somewhat lacking. (Just ask my long-suffering mother and bemused husband. And my students. And my coworkers. Sigh.) But the first two work weeks of 2016 have been the …

On Marriage

We’ve been married for a month, back from our honeymoon for about two weeks, and slowly getting back to normal (whatever that is). Since the wedding, several people have asked me variations of the same two questions: Was your wedding everything you dreamed of? Does it feel any different now …

A rather extreme example of bad impulse control

To break up the stream of reflective, somewhat emo posts about the end of school…I went skydiving yesterday! If you don’t already know, I do not like roller coasters. Hate is maybe a strong word, but I really do not enjoy them. I do not find the fluctuating G-forces fun, …