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At my best, I try to be a voice for children. At my very best, I help them find their own voice. ************************************ We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. - Sandra Day O'Connor * ************************************


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JUNE 1, 2010 1:57PM

Of Report Cards and What a Great Teacher Knew



pile of grade school report cards


Last fall, I visited my mom in Wyoming.  She used the opportunity to do some major house cleaning - which included the passing on of a lifetime of paper treasures.  Every finger painting, mother’s day card, letter to Santa, and term paper I had ever creat… Read full post »

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MARCH 25, 2010 10:36AM

The Ripple Effect



  trajectory competition at science olympiad



 I’m sitting in the gym at a local community college.  It’s dark outside, early on a Saturday morning when most kids are still asleep.  A late winter snow made the 6AM drive through the cornfields of Michigan’s Amish countrRead full post »

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MARCH 12, 2010 10:25AM

An Imperfect Heart


                           nine months and an imperfect heart 


I was born with an imperfect heart.


It wasn’t until I was 22, and I mentioned the heaviness I felt acros… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2010 3:17PM

Our Hometown Hero Will Carry USA Flag in Olympics



          mark grimmette detroit free press photo


Do you ever wonder how Olympic dreams are born? 

Sometimes, they are born out of fancy training centers, pricey coaches, and high tech equipment.  Sometimes, they are born in backyards, by kids dressed in h… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2010 10:04AM

Attack of the Lip Plumper


                      fancy expensive lip plumper


There are two things you need to know before I get started. 

1)      The last time I wore lipstick out of the house, I wa… Read full post »

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JANUARY 7, 2010 11:23AM

To Spank or Not To Spank: A Controversial Study Says "Maybe"

           photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Press

                                      &nbs… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 29, 2009 11:20AM

Memories of a Haunted Childhood


                 my scary haunted childhood home

                               &nb… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 12:08PM

Let's Celebrate a Government Program That Works!


       afterschool photo     


Won’t you join me for just a minute?  Let’s leave behind the debates about health care, and racism, and… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 10:22AM

Balancing on the Middle School Tightrope




At 6:45 this morning, I watched my son board the bus for his first day of middle school.  The heads of the other passen… Read full post »

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JULY 10, 2009 12:10PM

Why I Need Lance Armstrong to Win


                                        Tour de France 2009: Lance Armstrong ready for Pyrenees challenge

        &nb… Read full post »

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JULY 1, 2009 11:01AM

Unparenting: A Six Day Lesson



        &nbs… Read full post »

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JUNE 26, 2009 7:54AM

There Was A Time...


                                              There was a time when… Read full post »

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JUNE 15, 2009 1:11PM

Michelle Obama and Me: Our Strikingly Similar Lifestyles


Since well before her husband was sworn in, Michelle Obama has been an object of fascination, criticism, and respect.  She is everywhere:… Read full post »

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MAY 28, 2009 2:17PM

The Gifts Alcoholism Gave Me


I‘ve been working really hard this year to think of gifts as something other than the packages we open on holidays and birthdays, something other than the things we excel at.  I've been learning to see the challenges in my life as gifts - and to find the value in… Read full post »

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APRIL 24, 2009 4:39PM

When Michigan Finally Recovers, Who Will Be Left?


As I rolled over in bed this morning to stare out the window at what promised to be a beautiful spring day, I heard the familiar voice of my governor, Michigan’s Jennifer Granholm, as she was being interviewed by Steve Inskeep on NPR.  Her usual optimistic, energetic voice was sound/… Read full post »

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APRIL 17, 2009 8:21AM


For the last few weeks, it’s been staring at me.  The cover of the April Outside magazine is shouting “Why You Need Risk: The New Science of Fun and Fear”!  Just across the page, “Go For It!” I keep having flashbacks to an earlier version of me. 


I… Read full post »

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APRIL 8, 2009 10:07AM

Rescuing My Mom in 10 Uneasy Steps



“Hi Honey, it’s mom.”


“Hi mom, just trying to unpack from the trip.  The kids did a great job,  the snow was…”


“I broke my leg.”


“What? Where are you?  Are you at the hospital?  Is/… Read full post »

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APRIL 3, 2009 9:33AM

My Mom, Her Arts Camp, and the Lives It Changed


My mom will be coming to visit in a few days.  I always worry, in the weeks leading up to her arrivals, about whether I will be patient enough, kind enough, accepting enough.  Whether I can leave behind the lifetime of complex feelings I have for her and be thankful… Read full post »

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MARCH 27, 2009 9:07AM

Raise Your Hand If...

 clara's hand


I’m washing the dishes after dinner.  My middle daughter, a 3rd grader, sits across from me recounting her day.  She’s the one that seeks me out when the others are busy, knowing she will finally get my full attention.


This time, she doesn’t lead… Read full post »

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MARCH 9, 2009 11:44AM

I Still Have a Job and I Feel Guilty


Unemployment in Michigan is now at 11.6%. 


“Hey Brenda, no school tomorrow afternoon.  I am going to take the kids to Crazy Bounce.  Would Michael like to join us?”


“Hmmmm, how much is it?”


“I think it’s $10”


&ld… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2009 9:48AM

My Side of Michigan

 Ready to Launch


Three and a half years ago we moved to Michigan. Voluntarily.  Not many people would admit that these days, but I say it proudly.  It’s taken me awhile.


When we were first offered the opportunity, I regarded it as anything but.  I laughed and said &ldqu… Read full post »

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JANUARY 22, 2009 9:19AM

A Change of Crayon

Oval Office 

"President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Oval Office"

By Alice Moore, Age 6

There were so many profound moments in the past few days.  So many moments when I found myself crying alone in front of the television, saying "thank you" out loud to our new president on… Read full post »