What Should I Do?

So many times, we see stories of bullying on social media and we wonder how we can help. In response, we post or tweet our outrage and join the hashtag movement. But, for most people, that's where it ends. We feel better for a moment and we feel like we're helping,...

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Truth Is Not Inconsequential

“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” - Arthur Miller In recent weeks, I found out that a person whom we should have been able to trust, a person that certainly should know the difference between truth and lies and all the gray area in between, lied to me and to...

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Waiting for Rachel

  Last weekend, I had the privilege to be a part of the Williamson County Safety and Self Defense Academy in Georgetown.  There were 3 sessions during the day to allow for different age groups of kids.  While they were learning basic self-defense from local police,...

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Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

I just got through my 3rd holiday season without Peyton and it was no easier than the other two. The first Christmas, my family and I packed up and drove the 8 hours to Branson, MO where we rented a lovely cabin.  The idea was to do something completely different than...

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Peace on Earth

Recently, we lost another innocent young person to suicide caused by bullying.  Brandy Vela was a victim of relentless emotional torture at the hands of cowards who chose to hide behind the internet.  I’ve read many articles and posts and even shared her story on the...

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Bridge Building

  It’s that time of year when students from pre-K to college make the pilgrimage back to the land of learning armed with pencils, paper and books,  but school is really so much more than academics.   In the district where I work, school starts on Tuesday.   Teachers...

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50 at 50

I’m almost 50.  Yep, on July 8th, I will have lived for ½ a century.  18,250 days.  Elementary school, intermediate school, jr. high school, high school, several colleges, a few boyfriends, one marriage, one child, one divorce, 3 teaching jobs, over 2800 students, the...

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A Momma Bear’s Job

Let me warn you – this may make me appear to be less than sympathetic.  Please believe me when I say that I am not.  I beg of you to just let me say my piece.  There is no need to send me hate mail or to comment that I’m not being very kind.  I just feel like this has...

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A Day For All Moms

I’m the motherless mother of an only child who has died and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. On that particular Sunday, you’ll most likely find me and my dogs hidden away in my bed with my comforter wrapped around the three of us.  I won’t leave the house and...

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The Beauty of Being Weird

We seem to have a shortage of truly unique individuals in the world today.  As a society, we tell each other to embrace our uniqueness.  We spout off random quotes found on the internet about the beauty of being different.  But when push comes to shove, we tend to...

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New Beginnings

In the hours between when we knew we were going to lose Peyton and when they pronounced him, his father and I were approached by a representative from the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance about donating his organs.  We immediately agreed.  You see, about 2 months before,...

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Not All Wounds Are Visible

I’m a member of a private group on Facebook that is just for mothers who have no surviving children.  There is a connection shared between these women that only another mother in the same situation will understand.  Death is never easy – any kind of death – but losing...

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