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My Young Mother’s Secret Miracle (Me!)

My grandmother would always tell my mother, Bridget, “If you ever have a baby, I’ll kill you!” That came from a woman who was strict about the rules of her home and the expectations of our current society’s vision of what a “young lady”should be. These values rang true in everything my mother did. She […]

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How to be a Loving Daughter to Hard to Love People

My parents refused to let me be at the hospital when my mother was scheduled to have extensive surgery on her spine. “You’re busy,” my mother said. “I don’t need you there,” my dad told me, almost annoyed that I would even ask. Though I’m in my forties, they see me as just a kid, […]

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Why Detroit and YOU Are so Much Alike

In Pune, India where I was living just a few short months ago, every well-to-do neighborhood is surrounded by a ring of slums that provides the labor to make upper-class life possible.   A walk of any distance brought me into contact with children living on the streets and rag collectors going through trash piles, […]

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How Roger Ebert’s Clarity & Courage Helped Me Redefine My Son’s Disability

I distinctly remember the moment Roger Ebert became much more than just “my favorite movie reviewer.” I was listening to the radio when the reporter announced that Roger had agreed to grace the cover of the March 2010 Esquire magazine. But this would be no ordinary photo. It would be a full-on shot of his […]

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How to Be on the Ground Floor of Taking a Stand (Even When it Sucks)

I winced – even though I saw the question coming. I recently got a text from a colleague in New York asking if we could have a phone call because she had a quick question about our upcoming work retreat for our organization. I knew that she’d been searching for a place to have the […]

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What to do When the Monster Comes Roaring Out

Let me start with admitting that I recently lost my mind on a parking lot attendant … you know, the gatekeeper at a parking garage. It’s not a proud moment by any means, especially since the guy was just doing his job. In my hurry to get out of the house that morning, I had […]

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The Zen of Toiling in Obscurity and Exploding Into Stardom

The story of the enigmatic Detroiter who came to intrigue the nation won the Oscar for best documentary in the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony. “Rodriguez isn’t here tonight, because he didn’t want to take any of the credit himself and that just about says everything about that man and his story that you’d want to […]

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The Push-Pull of Those Prickly, Yucky, Sucky Family Moments

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the best relationship with my step-monster. Um, I mean step-mother. We are very different women who have been sharing a singular important man in our lives for over 15 years now. I hate living the stereotypical step-daughter/step-mother dynamic. But for us it’s been mostly drama, […]

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“It Doesn’t Matter What You Wear,” he said, “You Can’t Cover Yourself Up.”

When it comes to fashion I consider myself somewhat of a rebel … Not a rebel in the sense of being a fashion daredevil or pushing the envelope by wearing shocking items. For the most part I play it safe but from time to time I like to walk on the wild side. And at […]

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Rudeness Trumped by Showing the LOVE

My mom happened to be visiting when my Zumba piece was first published on the site. She sat at my dining room table to read it -and a couple of others she’d missed along the way. I re-read it too. There’s something about seeing one of my pieces for real on the site (and not […]

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