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...
I’m an outgoing introvert. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? According to the Myers-Briggs personality test (seriously if you haven’t taken this free test, do it!), I’m an INFJ (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging), one of the rarest personality...
Hey, dads! I know, I know. It's not Cedar Rapids Dads, but hear me out. It’s Valentine’s Day today. You might not have gotten anything for your wife or significant other yet, but no big deal. You’ll pick up something before...
Okay, full disclosure. This title is not completely reliable, as there's no way I can be categorized as 100% sane. After all, I have three small children running around screaming most of the day every day. That being said, my...
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Six Ways to Give Back in Cedar Rapids this Holiday Season

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At some point every December, I begin to feel the pull in a million directions. There are so many things to do, presents to...