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How Stories of Diversity Shape Me as a Mom

I, like the majority of the world, had no idea about the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and the other “colored computers” of NASA. It is one of many American stories of diversity that have been lost along the way. The recently released film about the above mentioned women, “Hidden Figures”, couldn’t […]

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Giving Honor Where Honor is Due: Thank You, Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition

A few months ago I walked into Meijer with my youngest, MJ. She was comfortably nursing in my ring sling and I was focused on my shopping. As I walked toward the carts an older black woman stopped me and asked: “Do you think she should be eating all out like that?” She wasn’t disrespectful […]

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This Season’s Guide to Personal Gifts

‘Tis the season to be giving! Make it personal this year. I have compiled a few tips below on how to customize your gifts for the people you love! 1. Listen and observe. People always drop hints about things they would enjoy. Gifting usually goes wrong because we aren’t paying attention. We often end up […]

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The Unexpected Blessing of a Second Father

This month of celebrating fathers is bittersweet for me. I am caught between celebrating my husband and missing my father terribly. As the years pass, the pain and sadness of my father being gone eases a bit more. In recent years, I have made it through Father’s Day without crying at all. It’s a milestone. […]

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Loving A Significant Other With Depression

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Originally, I was going to give a few “how to’s” related to loving someone with mental illness, but today I realized that there is no certain path. My husband has battled depression since he was 14 years old and recently had to be hospitalized for suicidal ideation. I’d known for a […]

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