As the holiday season looms, I think more and more about how my family will maintain healthy boundaries during the holiday. Boundaries are something that most of us shy away from setting, especially with extended family members. But establishing...
 My parents both suffer from a number of health ailments.  My mother struggles with her balance, walks with the assistance of a cane, and cannot drive. She depends on my dad for a lot more than she used to.  And then...
This presidential election has been a doozy. On one hand, I think it’s great that there is so much interest in elections. Those elected into public office serve a very important role and make decisions every day that impact...
The 2020 Derecho was a life-changing event.  In a matter of 45 minutes, we were the proud owners of two totaled cars and rendered homeless.  Nothing in the world could have prepared me for the fire our family was...

I Lost My Mother to Suicide

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis...
It’s the end of the day and my three year old has done everything in her power to wear me down. She didn’t sleep well last night, which has turned into a day full of talking back, throwing tantrums,...
“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”  - Bernard Meltzer In honor of ‘National Girlfriends Day’ which was on August 1st...this one’s for the girls! The definition of...
Divorce is devastating and leaves us feeling a palpable sense of loss. Part of my job is supporting families through strained co-parenting dynamics after separation and divorce. This can go on for years, even decades, especially if they are...
As a Midwestern white woman, how do I speak up? I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know how to be proper and diplomatic right now. I don't really know my place. As someone who’s had very little exposure...
I’ve been single for over two years now. Surprisingly I get asked often if I’m dating. But it’s never an innocuous “Are you dating?” It’s always followed by "yet". “Are you dating yet?” As if there is some time limit on...
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Farmers’ Markets Return: Cedar Rapids Area Farmers Markets 2021

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Summer is finally here ... and so are Farmers' Markets! With the changing seasons, we're set to see the return of many local events, including...