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Girl Rising

While my family is originally from Arkansas, we moved around quite a bit when my sister and I were young. We spent portions of our childhood in Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Washington as well as obscure places such as Paramaribo, Suriname (Dutch Guiana) and Kingston, Jamaica. Seeing what we often call “third world” or developing nations…

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Why I Decided To Tri

This post is ten miles too long. But, sometimes you blog for the rest of the world, and sometimes you blog for yourself. When I first began babbling to friends and family about doing a triathlon *mumblemumble* years ago, most of them ignored me (per usual, since I am known for having a new passion…

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Reel to Reel

I beg, and they put me off for weeks but finally acquiesce. Dad digs out the projector and the boxes of slides in one Kodak box after another. Mom has me climb the step stool to reach up into the crevasses of the highest kitchen storage cabinet to fetch the old green monster for making…

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We Only Have What We Give

I tend to rave pretty regularly here (and even more over at The Food Adventuress) as well as in person about my friend Lyndi, aka nwaFoodie. If you’re not reading her blog, you need to get over to nwaFoodie.com right away and subscribe. Over the past several years, Lyndi has become one of my closest…

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Investing in the World ~ Living Lightly

Did any of you catch this post over on Arkansas Women Bloggers last week related to the theme making the world a better place to be (and blog)? I’m curious about whether the notions of living kindly, living happily and living lightly are ideas that you subscribe to, or whether life is just too frenetic…

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Bright Smiles, Bright Futures

Our family recently teamed up with Colgate and Champions for Kids to help deliver Bright Smiles, Bright Futures to kids in our community. We love the campaign concept, because dental care really is key to a healthy life. Growing up, visiting the dentist regularly was just part of life (along with the torturous braces and…

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These. Are. The days.

I used to walk (ok, hustle) to school in Wenatchee, Washington. First, down Orchard Street to Orchard Middle School after we first moved to the U.S. (and after the kids recovered from their shock that I was the new girl from Jamaica and yet my skin didn’t match their mental pictures). Then, from Utah Court…

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La vie, c’est belle.

I love to write, to reflect, and process the life I don’t deserve by just stabbing at it – throwing words up like those creepy, plastic, stretchy cereal toys to see if they stick to the wall and start to migrate. Reality sets in between the exuberant moment when the spider-like creature sticks at the…

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Seeking A Friend For The Scary Times

When I was in elementary school, we lived in Kingston, Jamaica. We moved back to the United States shortly after my dad was attacked in our garage on the way to work one morning by two men – one wielding a heavy metal pipe and the other a machete. In that impoverished country, it’s pretty…

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Safety First, Baby! {Giveaway}

Read on for a chance to win a $75 home/baby-proofing kit from Safety 1st and Healthy Families! I think I’ve turned into a bit of a preparedness nerd… not a doomsday prepper by any means, but prone to doing things like stocking emergency kits and asking for second floor fire escape ladders for our playroom…

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Pedicures & Parenting Moments

The nine year old is always after me to paint her nails. That moment, where she asks me to do that with her, is going to pass all too soon. We rush and rush through life, with me the consummate mom rushing her, like so: “Well, yes, we can paint your nails. But first, please…

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The Boston (Mountain) Tea Party

On girls’ weekends, taking tea and soaking up the good things in life. I love reading references to the Boston Tea Party of 1773 as one of, if not the pivotal event that paved the way for the American Revolution. For a group to storm a ship in Boston Harbor and throw tea overboard as…

Prompts & Muses, Ideas & Memories

I’ve always been taken with the idea of artists and writers and their muses. There was an article on Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols recently and the manner in which he creates much of his work around one actor’s particular attributes. I like the thought of something being created with that sort of focus… as opposed…

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Thelma in a Red Frame

There is a tiny photo in my office in a weathered red wooden frame. It probably seems either unimportant to most, or self-indulgent.  To me, it’s one of the most evocative pieces of my past. Look at it, if you like, but let me try to more effectively capture it, if you are interested: Most…

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Cultivating Entrepreneurial Kids

There’s a post up today over at Magpie Marketing on “How to Spark the Entrepreneurial Spirit in your Child.”  It’s posted there because it was so relevant for business owners, marketers and professionals, but it was originally written and intended for parents. I find this is a tough thing – I want to raise entrepreneurial…

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Plan a Perseid Picnic

When I was a kid, we lived in Jamaica… and yes, it was a phenomenal experience. My Dad has always been intrigued with the cosmos (it’s worth reading the origin of that word, in my opinion), and so I thought it was common during childhood to be pulled from bed in the middle of the…