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The Worst Dog I Ever Had

“We rescued him from the mall.” That’s what I always say to describe how he came to be ours. In [...]
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Too Soon for Neuter Jokes, Mom.

The puppies were spayed and neutered yesterday. Molly’s was laparoscopic, two small incisions, so she seems to be doing well. [...]
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On Thankfulness and Not Eloping

I have a (deeply empathic) friend who feels sorry for Thanksgiving every year. She says it gets swallowed up in [...]
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Juggling the Glass and the Plastic

I read recently about an interview with author Nora Roberts, where someone asked her how to balance writing and kids. [...]
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Widows and Chick-fil-A Sauce

There’s a widow in our community whom I have long known from afar. I wrote an open letter to her [...]
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The Thing about a Parade

I’ve been in my share of parades. Probably more than my share, actually. Marching band parades, down the main street [...]
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The Caboose and the Lantern Rouge

I have always been the caboose, always at the end of the line putting all my people in front of [...]
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“Your Dad Has Sepsis.”

This week, I learned that Sepsis does not, in fact, have the power to take from me every man I [...]
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Brick Wall

We are at the life stage where the boys come home late at night after a shift at work or [...]
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Gentlemen’s Academy

Somehow, I have become the mom sitting by the mirrors outside the men’s dressing room, while the sons try on [...]
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LIVE Show: Let’s Talk Soon – and a Book Launch!

  So Rob said, “Hey, Trish, what if we did a live recording of Let’s Talk Soon: The Podcast at [...]
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What the Disney Business Model Taught Me About Parenting

  “Coming up with a new recipe to feed the family, or even putting together a presentation for a new [...]
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Thirteen Lessons I Learned from My Dad

Thirteen Things I Learned from my Dad: 1. If you’re going to get in trouble at school, let it be [...]
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Another Sleepy, Dusty Delta Day

“‘It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day. I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was [...]
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Sears Portraits and Mother’s Day, circa 1997

“All I want for Mother’s Day is a picture of my kids,” she told us. Well, that’s simple enough. Plus, [...]
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The Great Denim Skirt Debate of 1993

Everybody who becomes an adult has to be fourteen once, and it’s a rough time of transition for everybody involved [...]
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On Dating the Daughters

“Mom, I asked her to be my girlfriend. But don’t worry – I talked to her dad already.” “You asked [...]
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We Are Trying to Be Civilized.

Maybe you’ve seen this story that’s circulating on social media: “Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student [...]
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Front Lines and Finish Lines

This is the final week of distance learning, a household term that nobody knew three months ago. This week, we [...]
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A Vast Array of Enneagrams on Vacation

Tricia: Okay. So, I want to talk about this. Right before the whole world shut down, we went on a [...]
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