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20 October 2010 @ 06:15 pm
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu

First off, due to the crazy nature of my work situation right now I haven’t had a lot of time to do a lot of reflecting so I apologize if this post feels disjointed and for it's lateness.

Family is the most important thing to me. I love my parents and my grandparents. I have a large family but am an only child, doomed to never have any nieces or nephews to spoil.

Not so much the case anymore. Let me tell you how.

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13 October 2010 @ 08:53 pm
There's a lot to be said for self delusionment when it comes to matters of the heart

-Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure

The idea for this week's installment was lifted directly from the Entertainment Weekly website, where it appeared under the unglamorous title “A visit from the Suck Fairy”. The premise is, what book/movie/television program which you used to love, now, in retrospect, doesn't hold up to the test of time. Or, to put it bluntly, SUCKS.

I liked this question, because at first it seemed obvious, and yet the more I thought about it the less simple it became. Many people who commented at the website mentioned shows that had “gone downhill” or been cancelled prematurely, which just proves for the umpteenth time my theory that “most people don’t get it.” The question doesn’t measure the objective quality of the book/movie/show in question, but rather our personal, emotional, visceral response to it. So, all of you jumping up in your chair, waving your hands with “I know the answer! Prison Break, right?” sit back down a minute and hear me out. Your chance to chime in is coming very soon, I promise.

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06 October 2010 @ 09:58 am
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Current Mood: contemplative
29 September 2010 @ 10:06 am
...but they are rather exhausting right now, and I don't have the energy to lay them down.

So, no new post this week, but an invitation to review the posts for this month, in case you missed them. There was a lot of reflection going on, and they all deserve another visit.

Is crying okay in soccer, especially if you're only seven? by aboutbefore

Age is just a number, baby! by chapter_stork

Swearing, it's not just for adults anymore! by becca_radcgg

If there's no spark, there's no fire, right? by eight8toes

We had two guest writers this month! That's so great. Let me know if you're interested in writing a post and I'll pencil you in too!
Current Mood: tired
15 September 2010 @ 07:04 am
This is another instance of children shocking the hell out of me.

Note: This post does include very, very strong language, but I wanted leave an accurate description of what occured.

How do we make swearing un-cool?

So I’m a teacher-on-call right now, which is just a fancy Canadian way of saying substitute teacher, which is really a sob story for another time, but right now I want to tell you all about what happened at my old elementary school on Monday morning.
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08 September 2010 @ 09:02 pm
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.

~Jennifer Yane

September is here, and it's my favorite month. Wait, is it silly to have a favorite? Well, why not. After a grueling summer of mosquitoes and humidity, the cool air and crunchy leaves are a treat. I feel like September is the true New Year, also; school is back in session for kids (and their moms!), many businesses start their fiscal year this time of year, it's when we refocus on business as usual after vacation. Then there's the fact that my birthday falls this month, so I have a special connection to the entire month of September.
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Hi, I'm Jess! *waves* I'll be guest posting this week because one of my in-laws went and offended me (shocking, I know) so I was inspired with a couple thoughts and questions on kids and sports and when are they old enough to start being mean to them.

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18 August 2010 @ 08:36 am
WARNING: THIS WEEK’S POST BY BECCA IS RACY! That’s right, I SAID RACY! It mentions PORN. However, no description is given as the post is more about our perception of pornography than the porn itself. If this makes you at all uncomfortable, I apologize, but it was just such a stunning moment in our friendship that I had to reflect on it.

Last week sometime my teacher friend K and I got together for coffee. She has just been on a trip to Hawaii with her boyfriend and I had just been to Alaska with my grandma. We sat and shared our respective stories, then walked to a nearby superstore. As we were perusing the magazine section, K picks up a copy of Maxim magazine and starts talking about the availability of pornography which led to the following discussion.

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11 August 2010 @ 08:59 pm
Just a few hours ago my husband and I dropped off our 18 year old son – his biological son, my stepson, if you want to get technical—at an unremarkable Marriott Hotel that marks the beginning of his service in the US Army. It was neither the beginning nor the end of the emotional journey we are travelling as parents, but it is certainly a major milestone.

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