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Life with Resting Grumpy Mom Face

Life with Resting Grumpy Mom Face

Grumpy: surly or ill-tempered; discontentedly or sullenly irritable; grouchy. “grumpy.” Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 15 Oct. 2015. <>. I am not a grumpy mom. I think I am pretty laidback and fun, most of the time. So you can imagine my surprise to discover I suffer from that scourge of our times: resting […]

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I like the Quiet

I Like the Quiet.

My youngest child went to kindergarten. The only creatures in my house, aside from some unnamed and unwelcome fruit flies, are me and my cat, Doyle. I sit here at my desk and listen. Quiet. I like the quiet. I can hear the whir of the computer fan. There are some birds outside, doing exciting […]

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best friend heartbreak

Best Friend Heartbreak

Upstairs tonight, I have two broken-hearted little girls tossing and turning in their beds. They are each missing an important piece of girlhood: a best friend. My oldest girl is sad because her best friend of two years has moved away. She tries to pretend it doesn’t bother her, but the loss cuts deeply. It […]

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headphones, drawings

Listen Up! Five Popular Parenting Podcasts

I love listening to podcasts. They combine companionable conversation with the convenience of on-demand digital programming. I depend on podcasts to get me through any and all housework. Without them, my house would probably collapse under the weight of unwashed dishes, unfolded laundry, and mud-encrusted floors. The success of Serial moved podcasting from the fringes of […]

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