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If Santa Claus Were a Laughing Gorilla

Truth Byte #35  “Laughter is everywhere, so don’t miss it.”    I swim on Monday evenings.  Ok, let’s be honest, I don’t really swim.   Actually, my kids swim on Monday evenings.  And I have to take them.  So every Monday evening, I get into my sexy/mom bathing suit, swim one laborious lap in the…
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Research Notes from a Ten Year Old

Truth Byte #34 “Sometimes you just have to get shit done.”    I have grown up in a digital world.    Whatever I want to know I can find out with a click of a few keys.  I remember a time very different than this one. I remember in fifth grade I had to write…
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Flooding My Tapestry

Truth Byte #33 “Sometimes no is the right answer.”    Life is not fair.    I learned this at a tender age through a variety of stomp-your-feet-with-frustration experiences and it was reinforced by my nobody-really-cares-anyways writing purges as a teenager.   Life is not fair.   And yet, our lives unfold perfectly.   Seems contradictory,…
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Soaking in the Happy

Truth Byte #32 “It’s okay to be happy.”   I come from heartbreak.   If your parents divorced or you had some family tragedy before you turned 20, you can probably relate.  Most of us who have pain in our childhoods have marinated in the jagged shards of heartbreak.  The happily-ever-after got snatched away by…
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My Two Voices

Truth Byte #31 You are being too hard on yourself.    Judgment is a curious thing.  Very little children don’t judge.  They ask questions (Mommy, why is that man wearing a dress? Daddy, what is that chair with wheels for? Grandma, why doesn’t Maya have a dad?) but until they are taught, they don’t really…
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The Ice Cold Contraction

Truth Byte #30 Stay and play, don’t run away. I was a pretty even-tempered child.  That is, until my feelings got hurt. Growing up in the 80’s in a large, close-knit extended family that loved to tease, that happened often.  When I felt that lump in my throat, I would quickly change the subject and…
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Feeling fat again

Truth Byte #29 Your current situation is the result of a series of small choices.   I stepped on the scale the other day, and I had gained three pounds.  I thought back over the past few weeks and realized there have been a lot more restaurant lunches, ice-cream truck treats with the kids, and…
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Am I cut off?

Truth Byte #28   If you’re not supported, you are the one to blame.    People tell me they are lonely.  That they have no friends.  That no one supports them.  And maybe to a point, this is true.  But let’s get honest: if you have no one to turn to, it’s probably your own…
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