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I feel like I'm (prematurely?) reaching the age where I can dictate exactly what's going on in my life by the physical ailments I'm currently suffering from. The past few days have been pretty action-packed for me, and I have the battle scars to prove it. My immobility and relentless pain fr…

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Sometimes I feel really sorry for people who don't lead as glamorous a life as myself. It's a gift I've been given and I try really hard not to take it for granted. I mean, just the other day as I was in the school pick-up line, eating my cheeseburger I grabbed on the way after running 50 er…

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Reality is hard. Sometimes things are made to look so easy when you're looking at them from the outside and watching someone else do them. Ice skating, for instance. You watch and they're so graceful, so elegant, and you think to yourself how hard could it really be to strap blades onto your…

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Good news! It's pumpkin season! Phew! I know you were all missing your all-things-pumpkin-flavored stuff. (Pet Peeve: Pumpkin itself has no flavor, but whatever, I don't want to upset all the pumpkin fanatics so I'm going with it even though in my head I want to scream "ARE YOU ENJOYING YOUR…

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Lists. Some of us live and die by them, some of us hardly take notice of them. Myself, I'm somewhere in the middle. If I want a grocery trip to result in anything other than Twinkies, an onion, some cheese, blue nail polish and 12 pounds of Halloween candy, a list is required. Otherwise, I'm…

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I think it's safe to say everyone in the area is back in school. Especially since us weirdos in the south tend to begin school in the middle of summer, but that gripe is for another day. Anyway, parents everywhere are rejoicing. Kids everywhere are weeping. Parents everywhere are tossing ove…

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You know those women who absolutely love being a mother, with every fiber of their being, every minute of every day? More power to them, but I am definitely not one of them, and I think instead of being slightly ashamed of that, I should embrace it, or at least open up a dialog about it, bec…

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Like you and your mom and your grandma and everyone in this area, I've got this eclipse on my mind. Not only am I excited about witnessing the once-in-a-lifetime experience in my own backyard, I'm kinda freaking out about the possibility of a bazillion people descending upon our sleepy littl…

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This morning, as I sit down to write this, I have just dropped my kids off for their first day of school and I'm sitting here in silence. Beautiful, luxurious, healing silence, enveloping me with peace and joy.

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This past weekend I was lucky enough to take a short getaway with a friend for my (cough cough) fortieth (cough cough) birthday. Of course, I spent the entire time feeling a little guilty (ok not really) for going somewhere without my family and it got me remembering one of the last fun-fill…

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On August 21, Kentucky will be the epicenter of a rare total solar eclipse. From Bowling Green to Paducah, thousands of visitors will come to Kentucky to view this phenomenon.

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What is it about having kids that makes you so tired? I don't even mean tired ... tired can happen to anyone at any time. I mean, so physically and mentally exhausted that your brain just stops working for periods of time. Like, you can just completely space out sitting in a room full of peo…

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My 20th high school reunion came and went a couple years ago, and it is really taking its toll on my mental state. Not only am I regularly freaking out because my kids are growing up way too fast, I'm simultaneously freaking out because apparently I'm now a full-fledged grown-up. I know. It …

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Sometimes in life you just have to accept that things aren't always going to be like you want them, but also maybe you're just a big fat failure and need someone else to do hard things for you. I think with teaching my kids certain things, the latter applies and so I'm currently seeking a sp…

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Lately I'm really starting to miss the days of having a newborn, or at least an infant. Sure, I totally long for the days of cuddling my little babies and relishing in all the "awwwww-ness" of it, gazing into those big blue eyes and marvelling at the wonder of it all. But that's not my reaso…

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I try to live by the "say what you mean, mean what you say," which sometimes gets me into trouble, but I guess that's a small price to pay for biting your tongue all the time. My kids, however, have mastered the art of not saying what they mean and not meaning what they say. But I'm onto the…

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Alright, friends. I need an all-inclusive instruction manual of how to deal with a 12-year-old and I need it now. What was all this nonsense I always heard like "Be grateful you had boys, they're so low maintenance!" or "You're so lucky you have boys instead of girls!"?

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It's here! It's here! The moment the kids dream of and the parents cry about. The last day of school seems to come faster and faster every year when you're 39. (Unless you're a 39-year-old teacher. In that case I imagine that the last day of school probably takes about 39 years to arrive each May.)

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I know I wrote about Mother's Day last week, but consider this your Mother's Day follow up column. I got two one of those glorious Mom Questionnaires. You know, the ones the kids fill out at school that say all sorts of hilarious and sometimes embarrassing things? Like "My mom likes to (fill…

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Oh my, how things change. That's life, I know. We are born, we get old, we die. The end. In the middle of all of that are a lifetime of changes, but none greater than a mom with babies vs. A mom with "kids."

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Happy May, dear readers! Two things come to mind when I think "Good Lord, how is it already May?"

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I know I've written some about the battle with what my kids eat and won't eat. While I haven't entirely given up on fighting it, it is one of those things I kind of take with a grain of salt (but not too much salt because seasonings are disgusting, you know) and sometimes choose to be passiv…

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I have a confession to make: I'm not a perfect parent. I know, you're surprised. Okay, so that isn't exactly news, this entire column is usually centered around that. However, one thing I'm truly struggling to be a better-than-average parent about, and feel like I'm failing, is trying to tea…

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One of the biggest struggles I face in life is the fact that I'm an introvert and I'm raising boys who are, by all accounts, not. They seem to like and enjoy spending time with other people -- a thing of mystery to me. I can't exactly teach them otherwise, that seems to me like it might fall…

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As I'm sitting here with my coffee and my little brown dog warming my feet ... I'll admit it, I've become one of those crazy dog people. I have almost always had a dog throughout my life, but I've never been as weird about it until my most recent dog, a little girl boxer, we adopted from a r…

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When one of the generally dependable but not overly talented ladies on our doubles league smoked a serve, all eyebrows collectively rose. Including hers. We looked at her, then at the spot where the smoke was still coming from and then back to her. What? This was brilliant but definitely not…

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Happy spring break. Hopefully you're lounging on the beach somewhere with an umbrella cocktail or otherwise enjoying a lovely vacation somewhere far, far away from the daily grind.

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This morning, as I was drinking my coffee (reheated for the sixth time), I started looking around my living room and realized that so many of the things in my house have taken on new functions besides the ones they were designed to do. I guess I'm not the only over-achiever that lives here m…

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Last week when we were on a two-hour weather delay for school, my first-grader thought that would be a great time to ask me (again) about babies and where they come from. Now, bear in mind, I do have an older child (almost 12), but my older child seems to be blissfully unaware of anything ha…

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I reached the point of living in one place long enough that I was really, really sick of it. It was clear that this house was starting to look dated and needed a facelift. We were faced with the dilemma that only an '80s punk band would truly understand the angst of: Should we stay or should…

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With just the two of us, my sister and I understand the whole fifty-fifty thing pretty well. Through the years we've amicably handled the honor-bound duties of parental obligation and niece and nephew fairness. You know, agreed upon attendance of her kid's piano recital or my kid's sporting …

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FRANKFORT - There may only be 30 working days in this year's legislative session, but it already seems like there are about twice as many major issues needing to be addressed before the General Assembly wraps up its work in late March.

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FRANKFORT - Although legislative sessions in odd-numbered years are relatively new in Kentucky — the first was held in 2001 — the General Assembly has long met during the first full week of January in these years to elect House and Senate leaders and update committee assignments.

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As a parent, National Down Syndrome Society DS-ambassador, and supporter of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), I would like to thank Senator Mitch McConnell for cosponsoring of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647/S. 313) in the 113th Congress and urge them to …