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Everything I Know about Social Media, I Learned in Prison

Julia Rosien & 140ConfJulia Rosien & 140ConfThe sign at the edge of the driveway says all persons and vehicles subject to search. Pockets of flowers circle the razor wire fence, and a butterfly bush sways in the breeze. Inside sits 12 homes – but there’s no mistaking it’s a prison.

What Really Matters When the Budget Won't Stretch

our kids as paper boysour kids as paper boysMy two oldest sons began delivering papers a month before their father's birthday. Weeks before their first paychecks arrived, they began worrying about how they'd afford a birthday gift for him. We pored over craft books and brainstormed different ideas, but they wanted something special this year. They were thrilled when the newspaper ...

Thanksgiving Interrupted

an emergency at thanksgivingan emergency at thanksgivingTwo days earlier I’d heard the crash and scream while beating potatoes into submission. I threw down the electric beater, spilling goopy potatoes and butter across the counter...

Why I Wear a Poppy on Remembrance Day

Photo courtesy: InFlandersFields.bePhoto courtesy: InFlandersFields.beDuring my childhood we spent every Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph, together as a family. We bundled up in winter boots and coats and Mom made hot chocolate...

My Mom & Me

Love you ... Mom!Love you ... Mom!Throughout my childhood, marriage, four pregnancies and births, my mom held my hand and believed in me. She's been my guiding light, my touchstone and my source of strength ...

Wish I Were Here

family adventuresfamily adventuresWe stuffed little bits of quartz and granite in a bottle because my son thought it would be a good way to spend the morning. We indulged whims all that week, which sometimes meant ...


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