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What If Milk Could Make The Difference?

What If Milk Could Make The Difference?

At my daughter’s preschool, milk is doled out based on punch cards. At the beginning of every month, I pay 10 dollars for her to have 20 punches. That’s milk every day of the week. And chocolate milk on Fridays, which she thinks is pretty special. If for some reason she runs out of punches, […]

While I've Been Out

While I’ve Been Out

I’ve been absolutely terrible about updating this space here. The good news is, that’s because my schedule has been completely packed with work. I haven’t had to bid or fight for jobs in well over a year now. I’m booking out a month or two in advance for editing clients, all word of mouth based on […]

Healthy Relationships Have Never Been My Thing, But I Want Them to Be Hers

Like most kids from broken homes, there are a lot of things about my childhood that I wish had been different. The way I grew up was messy, and the message I received from too early an age was that I was in the way… too much effort, too big a burden. I really didn’t […]

I Don't Like to Think About Where I Would Be Without Planned Parenthood

I Don’t Like to Think About Where I Would Be Without Planned Parenthood

For several years in my early to mid-twenties, I was living without health insurance. This was before the Affordable Care Act made it possible for young adults to remain on their parent’s insurance until the age of 26. Back then, I didn’t have a lot of options. I had a job working at a bar […]

Stolen Dreams: Adoption Agency Screws Over Families Across the Country

Stolen Dreams: Adoption Agency Screws Over Families Across the Country

The Independent Adoption Center was collecting fees and recruiting clients just days before declaring bankruptcy Every once in awhile, I’ll be asked to write a piece that then never makes it to print. There can be a lot of reasons this happens, and most of the time I just move on to whatever the next […]

Blogging Failure

So fine, I admit it, calling this a “Week in Review” has gotten a little ridiculous, seeing as I haven’t updated this space weekly in months. Would you believe I used to have a blog I updated daily? A funny thing happens when you start writing professionally: You suddenly have a whole lot less time […]

Week in Review: Birthday Girl

Week in Review: Birthday Girl

I don’t know how it happened, but suddenly… I have a 4 year old. And this is how we spent her birthday: I mean, I’m not bragging, but that’s what a spa day in Alaska looks like. Just saying. We have her birthday party tomorrow, and she could not be more excited. I also transformed […]

Week in Review: We March

Week in Review: We March

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to march tomorrow. The only thing holding me back, really, has been that my only option is to march with Cheeks… and I’m just not sure she’s old enough to bring to a politically charged event. But, I’ve come to the conclusion that the march […]

Week in Review: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Week in Review: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Have I mentioned before how much I love this time of year? The lights. The tree. The time together. And the fact that we can usually count on at least one visit into Anchorage by this kid’s extended bio family: You see, pretty much all of my little girl’s other family live in remote Alaskan […]

Week in Review: 'Tis the Season

Week in Review: ‘Tis the Season

I love this time of year. Which is weird because, before motherhood, I was never much of a fan. But ever since this little girl came into my life: Christmas is pretty much my favorite! We played hooky yesterday and spent the day visiting Santa, picking out our tree, decorating, and generally just getting into […]