Perfect Imperfection

Perfect Imperfection

I am in Quebec City, a place I have not been for 14 years, since taking a trip with my French class. It was quite significant that I was able to go on that trip, as a non-traditional student with five kids at home. It remains one of the best memories of my time at...
First-Day Travel Tears

First-Day Travel Tears

It’s day one of our spring break trip. I’m going on about 5 hours of sleep,  for about the 400th day in a row. Last night, Dave and I were in Buffalo for the Nick Mason concert. We drove home this morning – a 2-1/2 hour drive,  finished packing, and...
I Wasn’t Meant to be a Homeowner

I Wasn’t Meant to be a Homeowner

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce It’s a bill of goods we all get sold. Home ownership is the height of the American dream. Once you own a home you have security and a place to call your own. You’ve made it. Well, I own a very beautiful home that has provided...
13 Signs Winter Has Gotten the Best of You

13 Signs Winter Has Gotten the Best of You

Getting Real with Kira Hazledine I am a summer child. I despite winter and everything about it. I don’t enjoy snow, or cold, or skiing, or anything related to winter. It’s not fun. I don’t like sweaters or hot cocoa or curling up by the fire. I want a beach and ocean...
4 Ways Being a Mom is the Best Job Ever

4 Ways Being a Mom is the Best Job Ever

Getting Real with Kira Hazledine I joke quite a bit about the not-so-satisfying aspects of motherhood. This shit is hard, ok? There’s something to be said about comedic relief. Although cleaning diarrhea of my floor isn’t my favorite activity, and I’m not the biggest...
Family

Family

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce My notion of what defines family has changed over time. When I was growing up, my family was big and glorious and messy and wonderful. I grew up surrounded by 16 aunts and uncles, 6 great aunts and uncles, 3 sets of grandparents, and 2...