Summertime Top 10 (Ta-dah!)

~~ Originally printed in The Chapel Hill (NC) Weekly, May 2012 ~~

EOGs are over. Memorial Day has passed. Solstice, schmolstice. As far as I am concerned, summer is here! If you’re not yet overflowing with seasonal enthusiasm, perhaps my Top 10 list will help.

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In the good ol’ summertime

~~ Originally printed in The Chapel Hill (NC) Weekly, April 2012 ~~

As a mother, I choose my battles very, very carefully. I’m a lover, not a fighter, so when I make a stand what I am saying is, “This is the hill I will die on; I hope you brought provisions.” This happens maybe two or three times a year, max.

One such time was when I decided that Bailey was too old to have an idle summer. At 15, she was really too young to have a paying job, especially in the economic turbulence of 2010 where college educated adults were applying for the same jobs she was. And she was not interested in the super cool internship opening I found for her in the Great Dismal Swamp. Continue reading