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How To Keep The Peace On Thanksgiving

Do You Want To Keep The Peace On Thanksgiving? Norman Rockwell’s version of Thanksgiving does not happen in any family that I know. Unfortunately, holidays are often a time of stress and arguing. This year, as you gobble a turkey leg (pun intended) and squabble with your relatives, you might once again realize that Family…

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Sexual Harassment in The Modeling Industry

“Sexual Harassment was an everyday occurrence when I was modeling,” I said to my husband as I watched the news reports about Harvey Weinstein. “He is just like so many of the agents and photographers I encountered as a fashion model.” I thought back to the fall of 1979… One humid August day, soon after…

Success in Modeling?

Modeling is a tough business for anyone and especially a teenager. Two On The Town, a Los Angeles television show, did a feature on modeling. The introduction stated that it is not enough just to be beautiful—that height, weight and bone structure alone will not make you a model. They posed the question, “What does…

Releasing Your Children To The Lord

  The End of My Motherhood Career My youngest, Jeremy, kissed the top of my head and said, “Bye, Mom, I’m leaving.” He shut the front door and drove the U-Haul away to his newly-leased apartment. I was sick with a fever and never got out of bed to see him off. There was no…

Homeschooling – Making It Work!

Are You Homeschooling? I was a homeschool mom for over two decades. Yikes! We survived and lived to tell about it. Stranger still – my own children are schooling their offspring. Here’s an article I wrote a few years back about making it work. *This article was originally published at Crosswalk.com. “We want to go to…

Adopting the Turtle and Armadillo

“The horse and the giraffe can adopt the turtle and the armadillo.” I heard my grandson, Cruz, say while playing with his sister. All the other plastic animals had matching families, so they decided to makes this group complete by adoption. I love that the kids talk about adoption. Cruz was adopted, my father was…

Lower Your Expectations

I laughed when I saw this at the store because “Lower your expectations and then you won’t be disappointed” is something my friend, Nancy, and I say to each other. Lower your expectations in THINGS THAT DO NOT MATTER! Give Grace where you can and encouragement when you can. Love all those imperfect quirky humans…

Sending Your Kid to College

I left my baby this week. Lest you think I’m a bad mother – my baby is nearly six feet tall, rides a unicycle, plays the guitar and often gets mistaken for Zac Efron (A teen pop star, in case you have to ask, like I did). Jeremy is the fourth and last of our…

Mommy, What Happens When We Die?

Answering big questions from our little ones doesn’t have to be traumatic. I always tried to answer my children’s questions about death in a simple, loving way. This is a story I wrote about my daughter, Ashley, who is now 33-years-old. Waking to a loud noise, I sleepily headed towards the light in the kitchen. Who…

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