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2021

My sister, my friend, my Ride and Die

My sister and I weren’t very close growing up. Just 22 months apart, but different in so many ways. We shared a bedroom most of our lives, but that was about all we shared. Looking back now…oh the time we wasted. I had a terrible car accident my …

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My Next Great Adventure – IV

Chapter IVish – Apartment Living The things I am learning. We can get a contact high walking in the hallway…that’s a free bonus. The dogs can learn to poo while leashed and not step in it, but it’s a gradual process. Apparently, hipsters don’t actually sleep at night…they …

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Stronger and Braver

The ER doctor said, “Yes, he is still conscious, but I don’t know how.” Diabetic ketoacidosis. Type one Diabetes. BGL, 987. All real words, but I didn’t know what they meant. Words that would describe my then 10 year old, seemingly healthy child. Words that would mold him, …

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My Life (5 Years) At Sea

I am not the Ancient Mariner: Ancient, maybe. Part 1 – The Cruises Let me start at the beginning. I was very fortunate that the Dean of Students at the State University of New York, Maritime College decided to recruit at my High School. He painted such a …

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February. The month of love, Groundhog’s Day, and the Chinese New Year.

February 1, 2022 welcomes in the Year of The Tiger…an auspicious beginning as my mom would say. The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China, and its zodiac sign is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. This month, Universal Stories will highlight …

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Leap of Faith

It is not often in our mid-40s that we look at our lives, say we want a change, and actually change. My job was just a job. I worked at the first office of our elementary school. I had summers off, home with my kids before dinner. It …

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My Next Great Adventure – III

Chapter 3 – To be or not to be When Mackenzi is struggling with something, she speaks with an English accent. I’m not even entirely sure she knows she’s doing it. She spoke as a native Brit throughout the entirety of quarantine. I, on the other hand, quote Hamlet …

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My Next Great Adventure – II

Chapter 2 – The Island of Denial We are under contract. So that’s good. And not so good. Ahem. One month. That’s what I have. I have one month to find our next home, pack up a life, say goodbye and start anew. Saying goodbye. This is the …

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My Next Great Adventure – I

Chapter 1 Selling Your House – AKA a pain in the ass Yesterday we had our first day of showings. Letting strangers traipse through my house, critiquing wall color, flooring, windows is akin to my experience of going into premature labor at a teaching hospital. Everyone had to …

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2022…we welcome you with open arms, open minds and open hearts!

Is there anything quite like January? The chance to begin anew, forge new paths, new friendships and new horizons! Last January, we witnessed an attempted coup on our capital juxtaposed with the nation’s youngest Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. Literally, the dawn after the fiercest of storms…and for many …

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