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I walked into a time machine. All of your things were there from March, lots of St. Patrick's Day green! Your books were right where you left them, your coat was still hanging in your cubby. The half used...
The time we are living in right now is unprecedented. It’s a time I never knew I’d see, a phase I couldn’t have ever fathomed, a situation that had you told me about it a year ago (heck, two...
Like so many other parents-to-be, I went through all the traditional stages of pre-baby worry when I was pregnant with my first child in 2018. Will I be a good mom? Will I be able to afford a baby?...
From Antarctica’s sea of ice, to Singapore’s monkey-strewn coconut trees,  mothers from each of Mother Earth’s seven continents, share their coronavirus stories.  This phenomenal group of women were all asked the same questions (by me, a complete stranger): How are...
Two years ago, I curled up on my living room sofa and prayed for my life to be different. “You are not broken,” I repeated over and over to myself, my hands clasped around my stomach. “You are healing.”...
noun, singular -- Familyvert. A person who likes hanging out with his/her family a lot. “Man, I must be a familyvert because I'm having so much fun spending all this time with my family during this stay-at-home order!” Weird, right?...
Social distancing has completely rocked my world as I know it has for almost everyone. As a Type A extrovert, the isolation I feel from the lack of human interaction is sometimes overwhelming. I know there are tons of...
Have you had a feeling of guilt during the stay-at-home orders? Do you read stories, watch the news, scroll through social media, and feel differently than most of the world, than most of your other friends?  I’m not talking about...
I need to hug someone. That is my overwhelming feeling right now. I am a hugger. I am the type of person who strikes up random conversations with people at the grocery store. I am the annoying jogger who...
One Monday morning, I awoke with the distinct feeling it was time to start serious potty training (is toilet training the proper term now?). We had passed through all the easy preparation stages: standing near the toilet, sitting on...

My View: Clean Slate

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When the stay at home order was put into place, like many, I was distressed over cancelled plans, school, and general logistics. It was mind boggling going from a jam-packed schedule to literally nothing. Strangely--or maybe not strangely--my feelings...
I’ve been a school counselor for about fifteen years, and in that time I’ve had lots of different experiences. Every one of them has enriched my understanding of the needs of kids and families. Every year I feel better...
“If you’re making each other mad, why don’t you just separate?!” “Why are you guys on top of each other ALL THE TIME?” “Just stay away from each other if you keep fighting!” I know I am not the only one who...
The world is reeling. Our country is suffering. The daily headline for every news channel recites the most recent death toll in which the pandemic, COVID-19, has captured. We are living in a cocoon of fear, where our avoidance...
Daniel Tiger is currently the background music to my life.  Literally.  Like many toddlers, my son is obsessed with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the animated T.V. show based on the Neighborhood of Make Believe from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. The moment we get...

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Summer Reading Programs in Kansas City

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In these turbulent times of quarantines and lockdowns, the partial reopening of local libraries are giving us the distractions we need, both...