Author Archive | Samantha


Social Media 101 :: What the App?

Trying to navigate the murky waters of social media can be tricky – luckily, I’m here to help! I’ve been on some form of social media or another for 18-ish years. Remember the GeoCities pages? Those were the Facebook pages of the early 2000s. AIM, MSN Messenger, ICQ – an away message on one of […]

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I Am Beautiful, and So Are You:: There’s Space Here for All of Us

Confidence and self-esteem and a little vanity are traits admired in men. Not often will you hear, “WOW. He’s really stuck on himself!” when talking about a confident, smart, well-dressed, good-looking man who knows just how good he looks and just how smart he is. But in women? That’s all you’ll hear if a woman […]

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Thoughtful Citizens Change the World

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead I am white. Upper middle class. Educated. A professional. All of these qualities afford me a certain, very often unspoken- but understood- privilege. I didn’t earn it, I didn’t ask for […]

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Breastfeeding Take 2: Breastfeeding the Second Baby

When I decided to breastfeed my first child, I was pretty go-with-the-flow about it. I was going to give it a go and be ok with whatever happened. Fortunately, (but not without its struggles) breastfeeding worked out for us until she self-weaned around 14 months. Today, I’m 8.5 months into the breastfeeding journey with my second […]

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Of Playthings & Babyhood

My oldest daughter discovered a little yellow duck lovey somewhere around five months old. She carried that thing around with her for months – mostly in her mouth like a dog. Wherever Kate was, her ‘Silly Duck’ was ever close by. Her love of this teeny stuffed toy caused us a great deal of distress […]

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