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Sharing Is NOT Caring :: The Exploitation of Children on Facebook

Sharing Is NOT Caring :: The Exploitation of Children on Facebook It was an ordinary day. I was casually checking my Facebook messages when I was stopped in my tracks. The message read: “I just wanted to let you know that someone is using your son’s image to gain likes on Facebook.” Included with the message […]

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Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion :: First Lady Edwards Tells All

Walking through the sturdy, gleaming white front doors adorned with larger-than-life Christmas wreaths, I was greeted by a warm smile and a “Hey, how are ya? Thank you for coming!” from Louisiana’s First Lady Donna Edwards. I wanted to reach out to Mrs. Edwards, who is a former music teacher and mom of three-Samantha (24), […]

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It’s My Tree and I’ll Put it Up if I Want To

Goodbye Halloween, HELLLOOOOO Christmas! I know what you’re thinking. I can see the eye rolls through my screen. What about Thanksgiving? you ask. Stop rushing through November and let the turkey have his day, you say. I get those points, I do. However, it’s my house and I’ll put up my Christmas tree early if I want to! Christmas is a very […]

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To the Pregnant Woman Worried About Zika :: From the Mom of a Child with a Brain Defect

To the Pregnant Woman worried about Zika, Days ago I read your comment under a news story on the Zika virus. You wrote, “I can’t think of anything worse than having a child born with a horrible brain defect.” Your comment was like a dagger to my heart. I can see you now sitting there in the doctor’s […]

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It’s Not You, It’s Me :: An Equal Opportunity Text Ignorer

Texting. Goodness gracious, can I give the inventor of texting a loud and proud high five? Texting is a wonderful way to quickly communicate with each other. I love texting and prefer it over phone calls while juggling homework, cooking supper, and putting on a load of laundry in the evenings. However the downfall to texting for me is in the act […]

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10 Things NOT to Say to Flood Victims

Author’s Note :: This blog was a collaborative effort of survivors of flooding and their thoughts on how common sayings have made them feel. Not all statements resonated with all victims, but I felt each one was important to list so that readers could understand their feelings behind the well-meaning comments. I have said many […]

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What’s Wrong With Him? {Why I Encourage Curiosity About My Child With Special Needs}

After the reality of having a child with very complex medical and developmental needs sank in, I decided that I was going to bring my sweet Connor in his bright blue wheelchair everywhere I could. I wanted to introduce him to everyone and everything that makes this world go round. I knew it’d be tough (like places that […]

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