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Modern mothers hold themselves accountable for a lot: the kids, the career, the dishes. We feel responsible for a lot as well. The kids are acting out;work is piling up; the laundry is piling up just as...
I know a lot of people have resumed most of their daily routines, but we have a medically at risk child so we are still in the thick of always home all the time with very few exceptions. Because...
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It’s So Hard…

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You just said, “That’s what she said,” in your head. Didn’t you. If you did, you’re my kind of people. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Not only in a classic R&B song way, but in how...
I come from a large family. My dad is one of nine siblings, and almost all of them still live within an hour of their childhood home. Even though I’m one who lives farther away, I have always been...
I was painfully shy growing up, so shy that it made life difficult. And on top of being shy and struggling to connect with others, was the SHAME that I carried with me because of my shyness. That’s what really...
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A Tale of Two Summers

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“This is the worst summer ever!” "This is the best summer ever!" Or at least that’s what my children told me. These two declarations happened within days of each other in the past few weeks. From their perspective, the worst is when...
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I am inadequate to speak to the race issues that have been at a peak these last few weeks. I am a privileged white person. I don’t know what it is like for people of color in my city...

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Knoxville Halloween Events

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(Since this round-up is being posted early in the month, check back for information about new events!) Knoxville Halloween Events  Trick-or-Treat Events Boo at the Zoo Zoo Knoxville 3500...