Trauma-tic

My right hand shakes sometimes. It’s a nervous tic I’ve had for 15 years now. It happens when I am very afraid – mostly when I’m near someone who is visibly angry; who is raising his/her voice; shouting expletives; or behaving in a manner that seems physically menacing. If I am in a situation that…

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Legislature should reject RFRA bill

As members of the Charleston City Council, we constantly strive to make Charleston a better place to live, work and raise a family. The City wants to attract young, talented professionals who are looking for a place to put down roots. We promote our city to visitors who might come to enjoy our shops, restaurants,…

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DANGEROUS DRIVING

I have a confession to make: I text while driving. I wanted to say: I used to text while driving, but then I remembered that I answered an incoming text no fewer than ten minutes ago. I have vowed to myself time and time again, that I won’t use the phone when I’m behind the…

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SCHOOL’S OUT FOR (SOME OF) SUMMER?

Today is the first day of school for Kanawha County and I, for one, am JUST. NOT. READY! Back to School Circa 2011-2012 Sorry. Didn’t mean to yell, but- IT’S SUMMERTIME! I don’t even think my kids are as ill-prepared as I am. Although, they did sleep until noon yesterday; maybe that’s an indication they’re…

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HELP STOP THE UNDERACHIEVEMENT!

I need your help, Readers. I need to help my children to become more organized and focused. They are both falling behind in their grades and should not be. In terms of intelligence, they are able to learn easily, but are lacking in their ability to create structure and follow through on tasks. Their father…

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: PARENT ABUSE

Okay, everyone, I need your insight on this one. I know someone who is struggling with a parenting issue I hope I never have to deal with: an abusive adult child. Someone with whom I am very close- you might say she’s like a mother to me- is being held hostage by her adult son.  This…

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BORING YOUR CHILDREN; OR, TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT POLITICS

“Obama spends four billion dollars a day!” My oldest child spoke these words to me accusingly and waited on my reply.  Certainly his mother who had taken to saying things like “I’m not made of money” would be outraged at the President’s profligate spending.  How could she be supporting a politician of such extravagance?  He…

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DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DID WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND RECKLESS

My son’s in middle school and I’m scared to death.  Overall, the group of people I fear the most is teenagers.  Well, teenagers and young adult men.  And mean middle-aged women.  And, crabby old people.  I guess I’m afraid of just about everyone in one way or another.  But, still, I’m ranking teenagers at the TOP…

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