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My life is a mess, but then it's not.
 
I'm squishy in the middle and my house is well, hygiene-challenged. I write down a list of goals every week which range from the notably unambitious (buy toilet paper) to the unachievably hopeful (figure out way to pay off credit card debt this year!). My 12-year-old...

This week we're talking to award winning and abundantly talented teacher, author, and activist Gayle Brandeis about her latest, The Book of Live Wires.

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 I left after a 'minor' beating, meaning no skin breaking/bleeding,and no kicking. He 'just' pushed me into a wall, smacked me really hard several times and knocked me down. This was in response to him coming home and finding me on the phone. He had recently stopped taking the phone with him when he left and allowed me to...

Texas, as you may know, has some urban not-so-much-legends about cheerleading moms driven to mayhem by their sense of vicarious competition. From what I have seen and heard regarding cheerleading in Texas, there are some more widespread problems about which to be concerned.
 
The ten-year-old daughter of someone...

Sometimes when I get an idea for a story I do this thing called clustering. I write down my main topic in the center of a yellow legal pad and go from there. Today's word is CRACK.
 
I am lying in my bed, head propped up on several small pillows. I shake my pen epileptically so the blue ink will continue to flow...

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