November 12, 2019

As summer vacation stretched on, Ashley and I were trying to figure out a way to keep Logan and Eli busy while we were at work. Every summer, my sister and her three kids make the trip to Michigan from Arizona. But by the middle of July, they've gone home and with thei...

October 11, 2019

Recently, the drawer on our TV stand finally gave way to the miles of cord, numerous video game controllers, and occasional loose batteries. The stand is from Walmart and twelve-ish years old, but it can still bear the weight of a TV, so I fetched my toolbox. Upon remo...

September 26, 2019

My dad passed away nearly three months ago and I think of him when I see someone smoking. I think of him when I see someone with an artificial limb and when I see someone walking down the side of a road. I think of him when I put items in the local free pantry and when...

August 19, 2019

In 2014, we were fortunate enough to take our first family vacation to Disney World. A handful of friends are totally obsessed with Disney (you know who you are!) but I wasn’t so sure about all the hype. I was sure I would enjoy the trip but I was determined not to bec...

July 25, 2019

My father recently passed away and the grief afterwards, and still, is more challenging than I was expecting. My father and I had a very difficult relationship for most of my life. He was a horrible father when I was in grade school. He was abusive and eventually left...

June 3, 2019

On May 17th, my family and I had the opportunity to attend The Great Read In in Jackson, MI. We arrived just in time to catch our friend, Debbie Gonzales, read her brand new, hot off the printing press book, Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Re...

May 10, 2019

In lieu of Avengers Endgame, I have been explaining to my kids how lucky they are to be growing up now in terms of the high-quality, epic films and TV series available. 22 interconnected, mostly good superhero movies! When I was growing up, the best superhero movie we...

April 2, 2019

My childhood was a bit difficult. My dad had a pretty good job for a while but after a workplace injury things went downhill from there. Both of my parents were drinkers and I assume having little money, no job, and five kids to support causes a lot of stress which the...

February 27, 2019

Not everyone loves sitting down with a big book and reading the day away. We get it! That’s
why we’ve created this quick and fun March is Reading Month Scavenger Hunt calendar. Spend
a few minutes each day of the month reading in these creative ways and you might accid...

February 21, 2019

This is a story about writing, mental health, and humor. I'm guarded when it comes to certain aspects of my life, but finding that it can be therapeutic for myself and others when I share things that aren't often shared. Mental health has become particularly important...

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