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My Name Is Jasmine. I Sneak Boys in at 3 a.m….

November 29, 2012

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As reported all over the US this past weekend, the article below is from the Daily Mail online. I looked and listened for a trace of dismay (other than the fake shock accompanied with a smile on Fox News) in the voices of television reporters, or the mention of child abuse. I didn’t find either. This is […]

Birthday Wishes: Seventy-Three

September 23, 2012

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  My mother turned seventy-three years old on Saturday. My kids and I drove up to New Hampshire, to the house she lives in with my step-father, who has been a great dad-like-guy for over twenty-five years. He’s watched us all grow from wobbly, extremely young adults into middle-aged people cluttering up his house. He’s […]

Dysfunctional Family: 102

June 3, 2012

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Here’s the question: Which came first, estrangement from our dad, or our stepmother? I have a complex guess. But instead of guessing I’m going to stay with the facts. Distance and a sense that we were interrupting a mid-life love affair, were problems. We, my sister and I, had a hard time finding a way […]

Resentment Post Divorce: Horrible For The Kids, Duh.

April 5, 2012

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There are plenty of topics I could spend my time writing about:   health care, abortion rights or Santorum and Romney and the dismal race? How can I write such drivel when the world is boiling over with troubles?  Trayvon, Korean school shooting or Iraqi’s itchy fingered bomb mongers. But when I sit down whatever is lurking […]

Birth Order And Personality–I’m The Oldest Child & What Does It Mean?

September 27, 2011

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I have one sibling. He’s about a year and a half younger than me. When we were younger, I was the dominant older sister. Peirced his ear. Told him he was adopted. Made him eat goop. All that shit. As we’ve gotten older, the roles between us have shifted. We give each other advice. We […]

Family Trees & Half Siblings: Other Out-of-Date Ways to Qualify A Family

August 16, 2011

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If you’re here because you read my story on Lisa Belkin’s New York Times Motherlode blog, welcome. If you arrived on Femamom because you’re a super special person, check out my guest post on Motherlode at the link above. The school nurse told my son that his sister (my daughter from my second marriage, to […]