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Oil of Olay is the Secret to Beautiful S

Written by Lee At least that’s what my grandma would tell me. Her skin was awesome. Sure it looked kinda like it had been around for a while. Hell, she was 90 but I’ll tell you, her skin was sooooo soft and really? Had minimal wrinkles. I always told her that I hoped I looked as good as she did when I was 90. But I guess to look that good, I need to start using Oil of Olay. And I haven’t. What’s my problem? Two years ago today, my grandma Anne, less than two months shy of 91, slipped away from us and headed to the next world. She was so...
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Strength………you have it

Written by Annie, a mom without a blog A year ago this week on my now retired blog I wrote about a story of a family tragedy. It was hard to write and I literally felt not only like crying, which I was doing, but also very much like retching as I wrote. You see, a year ago, a cousin I’m close to lost her 37-year-old husband to a very freak accident. My cousin, newly pregnant with her third child, left for work as a teacher and thought nothing of sending her husband off to a routine outpatient rotator cuff surgery with his father. What she didn’t expect was a...
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Death and Life and Flying Little Boys

Written by Lee He wasn’t my uncle by blood. But it doesn’t matter. He was family. He is the brother of my step-mother-in-law. Is there such a title? She’s been with my father-in-law for over seven years. And she has a brother. And his name is Bill. When I first met Bill it was like meeting someone I’d known forever. He reminded me of my Polish relatives from Chicago. Open arms and an open heart and feet planted firmly on the ground. A ground that was familiar to me. There was an instant comfort when I met him. And so it began. Family. In the best...
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Craigslist, Good People, and Dave Matthe

Written by Lee I’ve written before in this post about strangers how I generally have a clean slate mentality about people in life.  Like why not give them the benefit of the doubt? Like most people cruising around the world truly are good people so why not operate from that belief instead of assuming that people are out to screw you.   Well, even though I try to put my clean slate foot forward, there have been plenty of instances where life has thrown me a curve ball and I realize that my trusting instinct has become jaded. In my recent Expressing Motherhood...
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Some life before blogging….

Written by Lee Something is in the air in my world.  Some shift is happening.  Maybe the marine layer sticking around too late in a So Cal summer has something to do with it, maybe it’s the way my emotional cells are being rearranged watching my summer babies grow and change before my eyes, and maybe it’s just the result of a feeling soul living another day in this world and it’s just what is always happening but now I’ve taken a moment to sit back for a second and actually pay attention.  Yeah, pay attention. To the slow turn of the earth...
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We all need Neda

Written by Karen, a mom without a blog There are so many images, so many sad, sad stories that daily come across the internet, are printed in our newspapers and are plastered all over our television newscasts, that we often become completely numb to it all. We may see something that will give us pause, but not even long enough to even qualify as an official “moment of silence” before we’re on to our next task. It’s so difficult for me in the midst of my daily grind to focus on anything besides my own little self and my own little life – that to keep aware of...
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Happy Birthday to Nie Nie!

Written by Lee If you don’t know Nie Nie, you should. I wrote about her here and if you go read that post, it’ll give you some insight into the relationship I’ve had with this woman and mom I’ve never met named Stephanie Nielson, aka Nie Nie. Well, today is Stephanie’s 28th Birthday. A birthday she came dangerously close to not having. And her story of almost not having a 28th birthday is about as miraculous and inspiring and heartbreaking as they come. Nie is a mom and woman who exudes a lightness and grace and beauty in her very...
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The Gift of Perspective

Written by Kath, a mom without a blog On a recent Friday, I had what should have been a really horrible day. It had all the makings of one except…it wasn’t.  Life is surprising that way sometimes. Here’s a little background. My 83 year-old dad recently fell and fractured his pelvis. He was hospitalized and I was charged with finding him a nursing home for rehabilitation. Granted, it wasn’t a nursing home for the rest of his life, but still, he needed to go to a nursing home.  I mean, wasn’t it just yesterday that I broke his nose pitching softballs to...
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The Numbers Game: In the Blogsophere, On

Written By Lee Disclaimer:  The views expressed below are not necessarily the views of the other women that make up MWOB.  Don’t hold any of this against them.  It’s all me. So I have some thoughts brewing and it’s time to try and put ’em on the page.There comes a time when a person on a venture needs to take stock of what’s up and remind themselves and others perhaps why the venture was started in the first place. And for me, that time has come. The original intent of Moms without Blogs was a no-pressure scene. It was a place where, if...
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I’m fried.

Whew.   I’m so whacked out tired from this whole week of Monday thru Friday.  But I muster up some energy to write a few reflections: Thanks to all of you who took the time to read the story of Karen and Penni.  As a close friend who observed the journey from Los Angeles, (yes, the lame city that probably would not have rallied around Karen in her time of need and no, I did not take her comment personally), I can say that being a distant witness to such an emotionally-draining situation was difficult.   I’ll never forget what Karen’s voice sounded...

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