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I’m Not Happy

Sometimes blog posts are about getting something out, like vitriol, that you are carrying around.  The weight of the shit gets heavier over time, because I guess, you find things to pile on top of it, to cover up the unhappiness.  But the state of being unhappy still remains, it’s just more difficult to carry, now that you’ve stacked on… Read more →

Father's Day

Father’s Day

Father’s day is really hard for me.  And so this morning, rather than posting something negative, or reminiscent of a ‘cry for sympathy’ about our relationship, I chose instead to honor the many examples of wonderful Father’s in my world.   Since you are not on my Facebook, and I have that shit locked down like Fort Knox, to shield… Read more →

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The Walls We Build

Life can teach you a lot of hard lessons about relying on other people. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about who I am today, versus who I was even five or ten years ago.  It seems my life and my approach to adversity has changed; I know I own the scales and armor that I wear every day as… Read more →

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A Really Wonderful Birthday

When I married my husband, I also became a step-mother to twin boys.  I’d like to think that I am nailing this “step-mom” stuff down, but let’s be honest… I waited until the age of 41 to become a legal ‘first time co-parent’ and every month presents lessons in growing into a role that I love, with two young men… Read more →

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The Reborn ‘Keto Crazy’ Chick

It started off simple enough; my glucometer broke a year ago, and I couldn’t be bothered to replace it.   I have a Canadian clinic doctor (currently searching for a PPO doctor for our new health plan) who kept asking me the annoying questions he’s supposed to ask: Dr. McDonald “What are your blood sugars averaging?” Me: “High.” Dr. McDonald… Read more →

Babies

A Promise to My Amazing Boys

You know, sometimes I am ashamed at how much I talk about my biological parents.   There is part of my head that screams “get over it!” and “how old are you now?” and “it’s done; in the past, and you can’t change it!”  That’s the voice of my inner critic.  The one that is afraid I will be judged… Read more →

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To The Women Who Made Me

It’s International Women’s Day, and like every other human being on the planet, my story involves overcoming adversity and challenges.   But today, my heart is full of appreciation, vigor and gratitude, to the women who made me. To the people who told me I couldn’t start my own business, or that it was a ‘stupid idea’ to turn my passion… Read more →