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This is a true story in which none of the names have been changed to protect the innocent. At this point in life, does it really matter?

I was 4 months pregnant with my first child.

Wait.

First, let me fill in the back story of how I am programmed.


This is the way it looked in the old days when you didn’t want the phone to ring, but then you’d have to cover it with a pillow so you couldn’t hear the annoying buzzing because the plug was behind a heavy bookcase you didn’t want to move. Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

The ringer on my phone is off. I don’t even have it set to vibrate. I won’t know if you’ve called until I bother to check the phone, and that will be on my time. Like, whenever I feel like it, because that’s how I roll — and because I…


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I used to identify as an “early bird.” I got up at 5:30 a.m. every morning to exercise before work because I thought that’s what successful people did. After all, if it’s good enough for Tim Cook, Oprah, and friggin Benjamin Franklin, there must be something to it, right?

And…


Humor

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To say the occult has made a comeback would be simultaneously understating, and overstating the fact. It has made a comeback, sort of. What we are seeing is the same sort of “come back” that 60s, 80s, and now 90s culture has endured.

Meaning: the commodification of a highly distilled…


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Every good story includes some type of obstacle. It’s the place in the story for the main character(s) to make a decision: to engage with the obstacle and move to a new state of being or to ignore it and carry on with their life.

Writers have already done one…


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At least once a year I clean around my office. Sometimes I do it twice. Whenever I clean, I find treasures. An unopened bag of skittles. An old pee bottle from when I needed to piss but the bathroom was occupied — it’s fine for you to judge me on…


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Known your whole life that your sole purpose on Earth is to be a parent?

Lucky you! You’re just as annoying as that kid in school who knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up.

Did you spend your childhood playing dress-up with baby dolls?

Guess that…


Watch, listen, and enjoy

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YouTube launched in 2005, and is now old enough to drive. At least in America. Since its birth it has become the hub of many cultural happenings the world over. If you haven’t heard of it, stop reading right now and don’t come back. …


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2015

It was late September 2015 and I was in my director’s office, sitting directly across from her, palms sweating, stomach in knots, waiting for a third person to join the meeting. Lisa tried to make small talk, keep things light, but it was awkward. I’m not sure how much time…


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I spent many years feeding myself the inspirational ‘no regrets’ quotes about how life’s stormy times are experiences that shape us into who we are today.

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