My Right To Be Safe

As previously viewed on Huffington Post   “Mommy, why do we have to take our shoes off at the airport? ” “How come I can’t take my juice box onto the plane? ” “What is war? ” “Mom, will they shoot me at school?” “Why is everyone so sad today (9/11)? ” “Are we safe going to the hockey game?

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Forever Impression

It’s 7:25 a.m., on a Tuesday and I am riding down the escalator, wearing a simple beige/turquoise dress and my zebra print shoes. I wanted to be understated considering the audience and my topic. As I moved through the crowd I could hear whispers of the previous night’s shenanigans and dread of the anticipated long day head of workshop after

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You Are Not Alone Steubenville

“Nicely Done Judge. #Steubenville” was how I started my Sunday morning, after reading reports (and watching videos) as Judge Thomas Lipps rendered his guilty verdict, without the assistance of a jury. As the country watched this case unfold, everyone formed an opinion as to the guilt or innocence of those two teenage boys, charged with rape, long before it ever went to

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My Message to Travis Alexander’s Family

First seen on HLN TV, March 22, 2013 (#JodiArias) For nine months I sat in the public galley, never missing a day, hoping that my grief, my loyalty, my loss would somehow impact the jury enough to find him guilty of brutally and viciously stabbing my brother to death on June 12, 1994. I endured hours and hours of painful recollections of Ron’s last moments;

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The Fourth Decade of My Life

A lot of people call 40 the new 30 and it has always confused me. Why can’t it just be 40? If the premise is that it’s a younger, hipper, more self-aware version of you, then wouldn’t that version be completely cool with being the age you are? Seems like we always have to add a pithy phrase to make transitions easier

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Huff Po Blogger? Check.

So, it’s been a goal of mine to blog for Huffington Post and FINALLY it happened.  With the help of a dear friend, who showed me the ropes …. I had my first article “How Not to get Teo’d” published on Valentine’s Day and my second, “Bringing Beige Back” was posted this past week. And if having my musings released to

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Bringing Beige Back

  Is life as good as everyone makes it sound on Facebook and Twitter? Everyone I read about or follow has the greatest husband ever, the most amazing in-laws, the best-est boyfriend, the sweetest kids in the world, the awesomest job and the hottest sex life. Really? Am I the only that one that has some mediocre’s, a handful of

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How Not to Get Teo’d on Valentine’s Day

  If you admit that you have ever looked for love, it’s a reasonable assumption that you too, have been “Teo’d.”  With all this chatter about being duped by falling for a woman who never existed, it has caused those that have previously gone into web-dating hiding, to share their own personal stories as well. Manti Te’o isn’t the first

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Living Your Legacy?

I went to a funeral this past week of an old friend from high school.  She was 41 years old, just a few months older than me.  We hadn’t spoken in years, for no other reason other than we just lost touch.  But when I learned of her passing, I felt compelled to go. The very first funeral I ever

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