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I've seen this metaphor circulating around--stop watering dead plants. They're usually referencing friendships or relationships. Stop pouring yourself into something where you aren't getting anything in return. I mean, I get the sentiment, but... This metaphor bugs me on several...
Picture it, New Orleans, March of 2016... (in my best Sophia Petrillo voice) three of my girlfriends went out to dinner one night. As they sat there eating & chatting, they talked about how we could manage to get...
Why does Valentine’s Day get so easily overlooked? Is it because it usually falls around a busy Mardi Gras season? Are we just too occupied with planning parade routes, getting fitted for ball gowns, decorating shoebox floats, stuffing our faces...
Let’s give a shout out to my childless friends, this goes out to both empty-nesters and the currently childless. Mom friends are core and essential to my world, as my children are core and essential to my world. Early...

The First Sleepover

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Ya know, I think I'm pretty good at this #boymom thing. I have one boy, my only child, but I've adjusted well considering I've been doing this parenting thing on my own for ten years. My kiddo had a...
Forgiveness is tricky. Forgiveness isn't about excusing someone's behavior. It isn't allowing someone to get away with a wrong they have done. It isn't an easy religious belief that comes with being a Christian. Forgiveness is personal. It's allowing your...
You've probably heard of the idea that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This is usually shared as a caution for adults, or possibly even teenagers, to think thoughtfully about who we...
My 10-month-old son has been attending We Play Center Virtual Dance Parties since he was 3 months old. Virtual Dance Parties are 15-minute daily Zoom meetings hosted by a We Play Center facilitator for young children to dance and...
When I was in Elementary School, our entire class went to sleepaway camp as part of the 5th grade curriculum. I have several distinct memories from that experience, but one, in particular, stands out: The camp had a pool, and...
Over the years, I have been blessed to have made some pretty great friendships with other moms. Through playdates, school functions, work, and other mommy affiliations, I have eventually found myself a part of a fabulous tribe of women,...
I recently went on a girls' trip to Orlando to celebrate a friend turning the big 3-0. With everything going on in the world, I was a little reluctant. However, my plans fell perfectly into place last minute, and...
The first year I lived in New Orleans, I was safely ensconced on the campus of the Baptist seminary in Gentilly.  Everyone else was also new in town and we had a little Mayberry of sorts inside those seminary...

Heart Helper

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When my daughter and her classmates returned to in-person school in October, one of her (and my!) favorite differences from online school was the return of the Classroom Jobs. As I learned over the first few weeks, the jobs...
I won't bore you with the story of a friendship that went sour. I'm not here to convince you that I was right, or that they were wrong. Most of us can admit that at some point we have felt...