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What to do when you have a loose neighbor

What to do when you have a loose neighbor

There are many things I love about living way out in the middle of nowhere — the quiet, the sunsets, the wild life and all the other cliches that make up a good country song. But the best part about living in the country is that you can be as freaky as you want to be and no one will see you.  You can garden naked. You can run around your yard screaming. You can create a giant statue of…

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Hey Mom, taste this…

Hey Mom, taste this…

I do all the cooking in our house. It’s just worked out that way. Sure, Bill can cook. He’s a great cook, but a Bill meal is ready about 9:00 p.m. after he’s properly marinated things, simmered things and run out to the store several times to get a few more things. “Oh, this would be so great with leeks!” And then Bill disappears while the kids and I collapse on the ground weak from starvation. A Holly meal, on…

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Attack of the killer moon jellyfish

Attack of the killer moon jellyfish

On the last day of our Florida vacation, I decided to take the kids snorkeling on a coral reef in the keys. I spent my childhood hovering over sea life with a plastic tube shoved in my mouth while my back bubbled in the sun and I wanted to give my kids that same experience. Buck and Emerson snorkeled once in Hawaii, but August has never snorkeled and he wasn’t exactly thrilled to try it. So all the way down…

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Seeing the world wearing a jog bra

Seeing the world wearing a jog bra

One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling is to take a local exercise class. I know it’s kind of strange, but it accomplishes two goals — the more boring goal of fitness and the really fun goal of people watching. I have travelled a lot and I can you there is no better place to people watch than an exercise class. Sure, an outdoor cafe is great to check out the locals, but think about checking out…

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Woo-hoo! I’m In the Powder Room!

Woo-hoo! I’m In the Powder Room!

I’ve been stalking In the Powder Room for a while now. If you don’t know about it, it’s a site with really, really funny writing. Great articles and posts, hilarious pictures. Mostly for women, hence the name. I’ve been working up my nerve to submit to In the Powder Room for some time — giving myself peps talks, burning sage, climbing mountain tops to sacrifice a vegan tofurky to the heavens… Oh, yeah, and writing things I think they might…

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You can’t go home again… or can you?

You can’t go home again… or can you?

I’ve often wondered about the title of Thomas Wolfe’s book. I mean, can you go home again? Thomas Wolfe doesn’t think you can, but me, I don’t know. I think it’s possible, in some ways, to go back to your childhood. I’m in Miami right now with my kids on our semi-annual visit to the land of grandparents. As soon as I walk out of the airport and into the blinding wet heat of Miami, everything feels so familiar. The muggy…

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My children interpret pop music

My children interpret pop music

In the summer, it seems like my kids and I are constantly in the car together… going to the pool, to the library, to the grocery, to the dentist, to Jiffy Lube, back to the grocery because I forgot tampons — you name it, we’re crammed together with the a.c. blasting and the radio on. And I lOVE listening to the radio.  I love listening to what’s popular and current because I am way cool, so much cooler than my Mazda…

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I solve the race issue

I solve the race issue

I’ve been thinking a lot about race since the shootings. Not the shootings in the movie theater. Not the shootings of the military people. I’m talking three shootings ago, the ones in South Carolina. You know in America where the shootings fall like rain, you have to be really specific. As my kids and I watched Obama sing Amazing Grace, I cried. I felt sick to my stomach thinking about those African American people getting killed at their Bible study…

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I went Vegan for a week — here’s what happened

I went Vegan for a week — here’s what happened

As you know, I LOVE animals.  If I go to an animal shelter, an animal comes home with me. If I see an animal on the street, the animal comes home with me. Even if the animal starts attacking me in the car (which has happened), I just think, “Oh, well. I’m sure everything will be fine when we get home and it eats some food and rests while I  bandage my wounds.” So if I love animals so much,…

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Waiting for a hot dog behind Abraham Lincoln

Waiting for a hot dog behind Abraham Lincoln

For no real reason other than morbid curiosity, I decided to take my kids to a Civil War reenactment yesterday. Before we left the house I thought I should try to explain the Civil War to them so they’d have a better understanding of what they were about to see. This meant I had to explain slavery, which is something I’ve been avoiding doing up until now. It’s like saying, “Have you been having a nice childhood so far? Great….

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