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what if when you were here, and I stuck there. what if. California had been Lejeune. Norfolk had been Okinawa. what if. The music would’ve changed. the lights would’ve come on. the night would’ve ended....

I was recently asked to think about WHY I WRITE. Good question. But here’s a true story. When I was in second grade, I did, in fact, write a story about a walking, talking sponge...

There are a few things I want to share with my daughter about this strangely awesome rollercoaster ride she’s about to take called middle school. Wear a bra. Otherwise known as an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. ...

Ten Awesome Things About Getting Older: 1. You no longer care what people think. You own your style, your flaws, your awesomeness. Cuz you ain’t got time for no janky nonsense....

Three years ago after my family’s full-court-press begging and pleading, we adopted our pup. And she was worth the wait. Our dog has taught us: Love is unconditional. And bonding is important....

Three talented women. Three different points of view. All full of awesomeness, grit, and grace. These modern day rockstars shared with me what led them to write, their favorite personal piece they’ve written, and the...

I think everyone needs one person. I have been blessed for over three-fourths of my life to have two. I was lucky to meet them in the fifth grade when my Dad’s job in the...

For people with eating disorders, it’s not how others see them that counts. It’s how they look at themselves. June 5 My gymnastics coach told my mom my I was too big for the sport....

And in other news… It’s true what you’ve heard: SON, YOU STINK. In almost every way (well, your inner-parts aside). First, let’s just talk about your pits. They are rank. At least after a shower...