It’s a Sibling Thing

For some, June 12 celebrates the last day of school, the first day of camp, the beginning of summer vacation or just another day at the office. But for me, it marks the day my life changed forever. Nineteen years ago on June 12, my brother was brutally and viciously stabbed to death by an ex-professional football player, who still

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Vision of Love

As previously seen on Huffington Post: Son: “Mom, when can we get another baby? I want a brother, or a sister. I just want a sibling.” Me: “Well, babe, I do too. Just not sure that is in the cards for us anymore” Son: “Well, you can adopt, and get a baby that way.” Me: “I could honey, but having one child alone, is hard

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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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