Open Letter to the Lazy Mother in the Grocery Store

Dear Lazy Mother in the Grocery Store, I saw you. Lunchables? Really? I heard your kid whining for popsicles. I saw you reach into the freezer and ask which type. As you left the store with your too-big kid sitting in the cart, asking a million questions, I saw you close your eyes and take a deep breath before saying, “Just… because. That’s just how it is.” You didn’t even give her a real answer. I saw you. I see you. I am you. There is a pervasive assumption that…

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A Love Letter to My Last Child

Dear last child of mine, You are the last baby I will hold, the last baby whose soft body I will smell, the last one I will feed and comfort at night. I swear, you were just born last week and look at you now–three and half years old, ruling the house with your cuteness and tantrums, like the absolute star that you are. It went by too fast. I know I complain a lot. I know I’ve said (in my head) “grow up already” so many times. I know…

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6 Things to Do Now for the 2017 Tax Season

Tax season is upon us and you may be scrambling to get all your ducks in order. Every year we promise ourselves that we will be more organized and a bit wiser when it comes to tax season. It is our own fault when we do not get the most as we can back from tax season due to our poor skills in keeping track of receipts and papers organized. While 2016 may have been a bust, now is the time to make sure 2017 is your best tax season…

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Winter is Wonderful at Canaan Valley Resort

Have you ever thought about running away? Maybe grabbing an old friend and just taking off? Perhaps to some far-off mountains? I sure have… And a few weeks ago, I actually did it. And that’s not even the craziest part. The crazy part was that I ran away to ski. Or quite possibly die trying, because I’d never even see skis in person. As almost everything in my life does, it all started with an random, if benign, question: How would you like to go skiing? We want to send…

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When Is It Appropriate To Ask “Are You About To Get Your Period?”

I have been asked, many times, if I was about to get my period by well-meaning men. I think the men who ask this kind of question just have not been schooled. So, as a giver of gifts and a saver of relationships, I thought I would lay it out in an easy-to-read format. These are the rules boys. Live by them and no one gets hurt. Is it appropriate to ask, “Are You About To Get Your Period?” when my wife/girlfriend disagrees with me? This is tricky. If she…

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