Finding Allison

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It’s been two years since my husband died. My life is so different today because of his death and because of his life. Let’s rewind to the beginning to when we met. It was August 2010, and we were just...

10 Years as a Single Mom

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This month, on September 8 to be exact, my son turned 10. 10! He is a whole decade old. He is smart, curious, and such a mama’s boy. (He hates when I call him a mama’s boy though, but...
Always #29 I turned twenty-nine, again, recently. I honestly haven’t felt better in years. Maybe it’s the self-confidence that comes along with being in your thirties. Maybe it’s the strength of motherhood. Or is it all of my good habits?...
  An open letter to the man I once thought was my Prince Charming:   I created my own happily ever after. I couldn't have done it if you hadn't broken my heart. So, thank you. Thank you for all of the...
To the woman he left us for:  Do you remember us? Do you remember me? My son? I bet you do. I bet you think of me, of us, as frequently as I think of you. Do you remember the...

The Big D

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The D word. Haha not that word. But one that’s considered almost just as horrendous: DIVORCE. I know it probably isn't what you want to think about during Valentine's Week, but for many of us it is reality. Despite the startling statistics...
'Tis the season to be jolly….fa la la la la la la la…bah humbug. Sharing custody sucks. There. I said it. I know it might sound harsh, but it’s true! And you know what makes it suck a little more? The...

Table for One

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  Holidays are my favorite time of year. I love a good party, a good theme, good food, and most of all . . . I love family. My vision for my life was one of family dinners surrounded by...
As parents, it often seems like we can’t get things right, but the judgments and expectations are far worse for single and stepparents. Have you ever noticed that single dads and stepdads are often seen as heroes, while single...
Half of the time my heart is broken. I live in a world of frequent transition and separation from the one who makes my heart whole. She is at my breast for two days. She sleeps beside me. She...
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Detroit City Street Art: A Passion Project for Today’s World

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Passion projects seem to be all the craze. I understand why, too. What better time to adopt a passion project than during the throes...