Posts in category "family"

A love letter to one of my greatest loves

My dear Emily: My oh my, where has the time gone? Here we are. You are graduating high school. You are venturing off onto your own life. A life that will take you from your little bedroom down the hall to a little dorm room miles away. Over the last four years we have watched... Read more »

The Big Apple with my Big Girl

I’m so excited to get on my way with my oldest girl to New York! I am taking her for Spring Break as an early high school graduation gift. Not only am I excited to spend this time with her, but I’m excited to watch as she experiences the city that she says she wants... Read more »

Sparkle and darkness - keeping each in its place

I’ve been so busy living my life lately that I have not had much time -or energy- to write about living. Bittersweet has become a place where I evaluate, explore and share experiences I’ve gone through or have witnessed. I write about events and such when I think others may relate or care a bit.... Read more »
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Woof! A book that celebrates personality, old age and our favorite, furry four-leggers

Did you ever see a dog and think, that dog reminds me of someone? Maybe an old man who lives down the street or your crazy old Uncle Bob? Well, I recently came across a little 6 by 6 square-shaped coffee table book that quite eloquently addresses just that type of occurrence: Dogs with Old... Read more »

2014 - A great time to reset

I have written four stories already on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 for the four Shaw Media magazines I contribute to. I interviewed at least eight different “experts” addressing the obvious topics of losing weight, eating healthier, being more organized and spending more time with family. But the most helpful advice I learned for starting... Read more »

Clara Kirk needs our help: deadline is looming

Clara Kirk has spent her life helping those in need. She helps shelter and care for abused women and their children. Clara Kirk is there when others are not. Clara Kirk is there when the men who said they’d love these women forever showed they were liars. Clara Kirk is a tiny 72-year-old widow who... Read more »
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It really is a wonderful life George Bailey

Did you ever wonder how those around you, or anyone with whom you’ve interacted with along life’s winding path, whether in great or small ways, would have been had you never been born? George Bailey got to see such a scenario play out in It’s a Wonderful Life, a classic movie no doubt anyone over... Read more »

October is bully awareness and prevention month: Get involved!

My 14-year-old daughter was bullied, and more than once this past year. In each case I stayed calm. I was my daughter’s soft place to fall and a safe place to share. I let the appropriate adults involved in those situations know that there was a bullying issue and I needed their help in keeping... Read more »

My message to M.O.P.S (Moms of Pre-Schoolers) - Beautiful Mess

Good morning, my name is Amanda Marrazzo, friends and family call me Amy.   I have been asked to come and talk to you this morning about my experiences as a mom, specifically on this theme of a Beautiful Mess.   What a huge topic to speak on.   We all have come from different... Read more »
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I am good enough, you are good enough

To me, there is no sadder expression on a human being’s face than the expression of the feeling of not being good enough. I have seen this expression on the faces of family members, friends, strangers. I have seen this expression in the mirror. I recall times walking down the street and seeing people unable... Read more »
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