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Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write

Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write
I’ve written only two press releases in my life, both in the past 4 months, both covering a set of pediatric autoimmune disorders called PANDAS & PANS. Only one of those press releases — this one — brought me to my knees.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – January 5, 2017 — The national non-profit organization Pandas/Pans... Read more »

Called A "Faggy Dyke", Kindergarten Teacher Jia Howard Goes High...And Glitters

Called A "Faggy Dyke", Kindergarten Teacher Jia Howard Goes High...And Glitters
After a stranger publicly accosted Arizona kindergarten teacher Jia Howard’s sexual orientation, she wrote this post on Facebook: 12/6/16 8pm Hello, my name is: Faggy Dyke
. Let me back up and explain. You see, today I got to experience my first “official” introduction to Trump’s America. Also [known] as: the next 4 years of my life.  As per... Read more »

A Private, Mom-to-Mom Convo About Online Predators, Bullying And The Abyss Of Social Media

A Private, Mom-to-Mom Convo About Online Predators, Bullying And The Abyss Of Social Media
Maren’s younger daughter, then age 13, was communicating online with an individual in his 30s, claiming to be a teenager. Maren discovered this when she walked into the house one afternoon and found her daughter Skyping with the man. “What happened when you walked in?” I asked. I hardly knew this mom, but she’d reached out to me to share... Read more »
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Evanston: Loaded Shotgun Near School Triggers Community's Anger, Shame, Grief, And Compassion

Evanston: Loaded Shotgun Near School Triggers Community's Anger, Shame, Grief, And Compassion
I do not know him. I do not know his circumstances. I do not know his story. All I need to know is he was arrested near my children’s school, steps from my home, carrying a loaded shotgun. I stayed up half the night trying to find the right way to share my feelings about... Read more »

To The Smarmy Soccer Parent I'd Like To Run Out Of Town With A Stick

To The Smarmy Soccer Parent I'd Like To Run Out Of Town With A Stick
Hey you, you self-important soccer parent. Yeah you. The one screaming at our VOLUNTEER commissioner about what he’s doing wrong with our league, accusing him of forming imbalanced teams rather than letting your kid know that SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO LOSE UNTIL YOU CRY. You know I’m talking to you, you coward. Take your... Read more »

A Mother. A Daughter. And A Dance With Depression.

A Mother. A Daughter. And A Dance With Depression.
In this series, I plan to post as frequently and as honestly as possible about my own journey with depression — and to share my efforts to support my teenage daughter (with her permission) as she battles the same disease. November 22, 2015 Exactly one week ago today, I flew to Vermont with my husband... Read more »
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Sending Kids To Kindergarten: A Veteran Mom On Surviving Separation Heartbreak

Sending Kids To Kindergarten: A Veteran Mom On Surviving Separation Heartbreak
If you read nothing else in this post about the separation heartbreak of sending your child to kindergarten, just remember to breathe deep and go long. Sure, the other stuff’s important: Make sure they get lots of sleep and plenty of protein. Get to know the teacher, the classmates, the classmates’ parents, the school social worker.... Read more »

How Do I Find My Passion? Advice On Finding It And Keeping It Strong

How Do I Find My Passion? Advice On Finding It And Keeping It Strong
When I set out to write a children’s novel seven years ago at the age of 40, I didn’t know a thing about the craft. I’d kept journals in my youth and written more than my fair share of thank you notes and emails and logs of vacations to help recall details, but my desire... Read more »

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 2)

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 2)
WIND CHIEF’s First Race To Mackinac After a whirlwind summer purchasing and prepping our new boat, I stood on the docks on July 16th, 2011, preparing to say goodbye to my husband, my 13-year-old son and the 6 other crewmembers racing in our new boat’s first Race To Mackinac as CHIEF. The crew was provisioned... Read more »
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Why I Let My Kids Do Extreme Sports And Other Dangerous Things

Why I Let My Kids Do Extreme Sports And Other Dangerous Things
On May 15, 2015, the New York Times published John Lackman’s piece titled “Is It Wrong To Let Children Do Extreme Sports?”, a piece in which I’d have given anything to add my thoughts. As the mother of a former downhill longboarder, I wrote and published a 3-part series of posts in 2014 following my son’s accident and... Read more »
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