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    Just Say No (if you can)

    By Liz Kingsley | September 14, 2015

    I’ve been at this mom thing a decent amount of time as my oldest son, Blue, is about to turn sixteen. An incident this past week made ...

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    Sensational Step Sunday

    By Liz Kingsley | September 9, 2014

    G and I acknowledge to each other that this life we’ve chosen is hard.  We live in a home with seven people, some of whom are ...

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    Adolescent iPsychology

    By Liz Kingsley | July 15, 2014

    I’m taking a summer course in adolescent psychology, and I’m discovering that this period in a young person’s life is ...

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    Time to Teach These Kids to Fish

    By Liz Kingsley | July 23, 2013

    At one of this year’s first summer travel baseball games, before the 100+ degree real-feel heat wave, before accepting 4:30 or ...

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    DOMA’s Undoing – Progress to Many, a Setback to our Governor

    By Liz Kingsley | June 29, 2013

    Our Supreme Court made a landmark decision this week when it overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, which since 1996 has defined ...

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    My Daughter

    By Liz Kingsley | May 16, 2013

    Not long ago, I became a stepmother to three wonderful kids, a girl and two boys. I have two boys of my own, so I’m no stranger to ...

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    I Took My Child to Work and I Loved It

    By Liz Kingsley | May 13, 2013

    I recently experienced my first “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” I owe my resulting glow to Gloria Steinem, who ...

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    By Liz Kingsley | March 18, 2013

    A wonderful thing happened…it wasn’t forced, it wasn’t solicited, it wasn’t egged on by an adult hoping a child ...

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    Surgery Surprises for Same-Sex Pseudo Spouses

    By Liz Kingsley | January 19, 2013

    About two weeks ago, my girlfriend G had surgery. It wasn’t an emergency procedure, thank goodness, so we had plenty of time to ...

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    The Most Super of Cuts

    By Liz Kingsley | November 26, 2012

    Four weeks ago, my oldest son Blue had his bar mitzvah. If you’ve been through this with your child, you’ll surely recall ...

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    Love and Sunscreen

    By Liz Kingsley | October 1, 2012

    Our family spent a week this August on Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina. We were a full house of sixteen: G, me, our five ...

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    Oh, He's Gay

    By Liz Kingsley | July 20, 2012

    It’s often the little moments during an impromptu mother-son wiffle ball game that demonstrate just how much a ten-year old knows.

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    Grow Up (actually, not yet!)

    By Liz Kingsley | July 5, 2012

    Be careful what you wish for. How many times has that proved true? Aesop really knew his stuff.  Often, when I see my kids’ ...

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    Take Me Back to the Stone Age

    By Liz Kingsley | May 29, 2012

    Like many of us (or is it just me?), I have a complicated relationship with technology. It’s part infatuated-with-these-toys and ...

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    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But?

    By Liz Kingsley | April 28, 2012

    I love writing these Blended columns. The act of writing is cathartic and it helps me understand, celebrate and vent about what’s ...

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    Get a Move On

    By Liz Kingsley | April 11, 2012

    Now that summer has arrived in March, walking home from school is ideal, particularly to the mom who doesn’t feel like cutting her ...

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    My Compliments

    By Liz Kingsley | March 16, 2012

    The idea of a compliment is simple: you give one, the recipient feels good, and you feel good for having perpetuated goodness. Then, you ...

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    Let's Talk About Autism, Baby

    By Liz Kingsley | February 16, 2012

    A five-minute ride home from a Saturday afternoon basketball game turned into a fascinating exchange about autism. By way of background,

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    Open, Open, Share, Share

    By Liz Kingsley | February 2, 2012

    We humans are bound together by similarities. Most of us have two arms, two legs, one heart and hair that comes out better when we skip ...

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    Union County Spelling Bee

    By Liz Kingsley | February 1, 2012

    Who knew a fourth grade spelling bee had the makings of Shakespeare? We had comedy, tragedy and fully realized characters strutting ...

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    Limits and Boundaries and Borders, Oh Please!

    By Liz Kingsley | January 11, 2012

    ‘Tis the season of excess – over eating, over spending, over giving and over doing. For those of us in interfaith ...

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    Looking for Gratitude in All the Wrong Places

    By Liz Kingsley | December 23, 2011

    I had this idea for Thanksgiving. It’s not unique, really. I’m sure many families do it. I wanted all 22 of us to sit around ...

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    Sing It Loud

    By Liz Kingsley | November 25, 2011

    G and I love music, I mean really love it. She does her Sugarland thing and I have Neil Young and we listen to a lot in between. Our ...

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    What Do They Know, Anyway?

    By Liz Kingsley | November 10, 2011

    I’m often told that my kids – all kids - know a lot more than I give them credit for. They sense things. They feel things.

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    Movies Are Stranger Than Life

    By Liz Kingsley | October 28, 2011

    We generally go to the movies to escape real life, to lose ourselves in a soft chair with a cupholder and live a fantasy. Luckily,

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