Boondock Ramblings

A little bit about a lot of things

I pulled into the driveway of a little house that looked as if it had been lifted out of Northern Ireland and dropped, unscathed, into the hills of Pennsylvania. The ceilings were low, the windows were small and cute and the stone fireplace had been built by hand. On one side of the house was …

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I’ll confess! Turn off the interrogation lights! This week I logged on to Facebook, briefly breaking my 30-day detox. I know. I’m a total fraud. But, wait! Let me explain. Here is how it all started: without logging onto Facebook, I looked at the Today Show Parenting Team’s Facebook page this week, out of curiosity, …

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Looking at her young face staring back at me from the vintage, monochrome photograph it suddenly struck me how young she had been when her world fell apart. Her story was family folklore, passed down as one of those subjects discussed in hushed tones and only around certain family members. Here she was, though, appearing …

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“I’m hungry.” It’s not WHAT she said that drove me crazy, it’s WHEN she said it. It was midnight. Bedtime had been stretched out insanely long for months now, something I hoped to remedy soon, and my last straw was being asked to get a snack at midnight. By a 3-year old. By my 3-year …

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The little boy was leaning nonchalantly  against the door, with one hand on the door knob and when we jumped out of the van he said into the cold wind that whipped at our faces, sounding more like an adult than a child,“Welcome to our farm. Come on in.” I smiled to myself at the …

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The weekends are often reserved for time with my parents and sometimes my dad takes the kids out to help him with chores.  This weekend he wanted to dig up gladiolus bulbs from this summer so he can use them again to plant in his garden next year. My youngest was determined to use the …

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We were picking my son up from an overnight camping trip with his school when my 3-year old tripped and fell. My son’s friend helped her up and told me she was saying there were worms on her hands and she couldn’t get them off. “Worms! Worms!” she told me holding her hands out to …

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Our brain was not wired to process the amount of information we throw at it on a daily basis. The shows we watch. The news we tune into. The podcasts we listen to. The social media we scroll through. The trends and news and health warnings and even the good stuff that is aimed at …

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