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How to Survive in a Crisis Situation

How to Survive in a Crisis Situation By Tony Sears Murders happen every day in many, many of our cities and towns. Sunday night around 11:00, I got up for some water. I sometimes check my phone when I do that. I noticed the CNN breaking news alert about a shooter at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. We have our fair share of crime in Las Vegas, so I figured somebody with a beef shot his ex-wife or somebody that ticked him off or maybe the boss who fired him. I admit, like most Americans, I get numb to this...

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Warning: People Will Touch Your Baby Bump

Warning: People Will Touch Your Baby Bump By Libby Hudson Lydecker “It’s one thing when family members or friends want to touch the baby bump but do not be surprised when perfect strangers will walk right up to you and place their hands on your stomach as though it is a melon at the supermarket that needs the thump test.  “ A strange and different experience when you become noticeably pregnant is how your body now seems like public property to strangers. It’s one thing when family members or friends want to touch the baby bump but don’t be...

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Free Birds: Complicating The Complicated

FREE BIRDS: COMPLICATING THE COMPLICATED  By Ellen Reynolds “She was suddenly a single parent to four young children, living in a new house that needed a huge amount of work.” “I know she is my mother, and that probably means that I see her through rose-colored glasses to a certain degree.” In 1988 I turned six years old. My siblings and I spent my birthday with our grandparents in Arkansas while our parents, back in Illinois,  moved all of our things across town into a bigger home. I was given a brown and white stuffed dog with a pink, leathery...

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How do we Raise First Time Listeners?

How do We Raise First Time Listeners? By Libby Hudson Lydecker “There are few things as frustrating as having to repeat the same requests over and over again, only to have to resort to screaming to get the kids to put their #*$% shoes on.” Or why does nobody hear mommy until she screams like a lunatic? There are few things as frustrating as having to repeat the same requests over and over again, only to have to resort to screaming to get the kids to put their #*$% shoes on. The morning ritual in many parent’s household often...

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My Husband Is A Way Better Mother Than I am

By Nicole Blaine, Comedy Chieftain (finding parenthood painfully funny) MY HUSBAND IS A BETTER MOTHER THAN I AM Photo: Nicole Blaine Family Archives “You know what this is?” I ask my four-year-old while pressing my nose into his baby-like cheek during our nighttime routine. “Your favorite part of the day.” Correct, he knows me well. I reach above him to turn off the bedroom light. The room glows from the superhero nightlight in the corner, just behind the lifesize stormtrooper my mother-in-law unfortunately surprised us with this Christmas (breaking our “all gifts must be smaller than a breadbox” rule)....

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