Taking Paths Less Traveled

Joyful Hiker. Mother. Teacher. Adventurer.

When I told people I had moved out of my home, and bequeathed our house to my husband in the divorce, people were shocked. Of course, it was a hard decision. After all, my daughter had learned to walk there, I had lovingly painted all the walls the perfect color and had spent countless hours …

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It’s been nearly 10 years since I made the crucial decision to leave my unsuccessful marriage. At the time, I was the clerical manager for my husband’s small mechanic business, a work at home job that had no real  personal income. All the money was controlled by my husband and even though keeping track of …

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No one ever writes about how to get the daily necessities of life. They just try to sell you on a pipe dream that excludes reality. Think happy thoughts and you’ll be rich… Despite the commercial feel to it all, I will persevere through and give those happy thoughts a try.

Several months ago I instituted “Family Saturday Chores” into our house. As a single mom of two upper-elementary aged children, it had always been easier to simply do all the chores myself. However, after several years of this I found I was bitter, angry and frustrated. A family in our neighborhood, who has become very …

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Being a mom has many joys and challenges. It has brought to me countless sleepless nights as well as infinite moments of awe about the human species. The world I see possible as I watch my children explore, grow and develop into persons all their own is a fascinating journey. Yet, as a mother I …

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I really wish I had been more aware of the impending student loan crisis. I have been so busy preparing to be a teacher that I failed to see this coming, the teacher associations I follow for my education news only reminded me a few times. I didn’t see it as a crisis. In a …

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The Reasons I am Pro-Choice Regarding Abortions and Marriage: A Loving Message to My Conservative Family In light of the recent publicity that even in my self-induced cave of “Anti-News” couldn’t prevent me from seeing, I feel compelled to explain to certain individuals the reasons for my stance as a Pro-Choice advocate. My family has …

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