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FOX Cosmos Lesson Plans

Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow has helped create lesson plans for kids using the new Cosmos series with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. These are supposed to be for middle school grades and they’re a fine resource.  In my house, we’re more self-directed.  Maddy (10) and Grace (8) are very interested in the show. We DVR it […]

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Renting Weird Spaces

Surely you’ve heard of AirBnB.com, right?  This is the website where you can rent a furnished apartment in <insert name of city> just for the night or a treehouse or a log cabin or a house on stilts or even a private island. Just for the night, or the weekend, or the duration of your […]

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Duck Dynasty and Paula Deen. Are you really surprised?

First of all, I don’t watch the show.  My favorite rednecks are Honey BooBo and her family (including the baby with the extra thumb) So, apparently one of the characters (And yes, reality show personalities are characters… we only get to see an edited version of them) said some nasty things about homosexual people in […]

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So I met this guy in an elevator

I know I’m re-using the same first five words in the title of “So I met this Guy at a Truck Stop” And it might seem like a small and silly thing but when I was married, it would have been huge. My ex didn’t believe that men and women could be friends. Even though […]

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I demand an apology

Someone actually used this phrase toward me in all seriousness a few years ago. Can you imagine a healthy, intelligent and mature person EVER saying this? No way, right. Because demanding an apology is lame. Because if someone is truly sorry they will say it of their own accord. Because the word is meaningless if […]

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The Oprah Effect

I’m the one they call when they’re starting a new business. I’m not sure who “they” are, but I guess I could list a few of them… My ex husband and I ran a restaurant for a while, I’ve worked as a freelance writer and web marketer since 2007 and I think I have a […]

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On money and love

When I was married, we never seemed to have enough.  Of anything.  My friend Jen recently posted a status update on Facebook that said “Poverty sucks away your soul” and while I might have agreed with her back in New Orleans when my kids were eating spaghetti noodles with margarine “sauce” for the 8th day […]

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Life is so freaking amazing

I know I’ve always felt this way but for the past few years it’s been followed by an inner “so what’s wrong with me that I can’t just snap out of it?”  I’m not the type to confide in friends, I’m usually the listener. I’m the cheerleader, the advice giver, the pep-talker.  Whatever was crushing […]

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I will not be silenced: A writer’s manifesto

(cross-published at LisaRussell.org as my “back-to-blogging” celebration begins) I write I have written I will write I am a writer I choose my words carefully, they reflect my most pressing truth, so far as I can tell, at the moment they are written. I am not responsible for your interpretation. If something I’ve written upsets […]

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My kingdom awaits…

Finally, the sun is up. I imagined it would feel like a boat ride, or being rocked to sleep but it was, in fact, more like hitching a ride on a lopsided tumbleweed. As if the bouncing and shaking weren’t enough of a distraction, there was a full moon and I hadn’t hung the curtains. […]

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