Excluding “Bonus Mom” From The Family Photos

March 11, 2016

Eleven years ago my mother passed away at the age of 55.  She left 7 kids, our dad and grandchildren. Last month my father remarried. Six of us are married with kids (22 grandchildren). This will be the first family photo with our new step mom. My siblings originally didn’t want her in the family […]

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Stepped Up Party Planning For Stepdaughter

March 7, 2016

I’m not sure if I committed some sort of etiquette blunder myself in this scenario or how to proceed from here, so kindly point me in the right direction, if possible. My husband and I are both on our second marriages and while we don’t have children together, we respectively each entered this union with […]

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The Forlorn And Forgotten Guest

March 2, 2016

This event occurred several years ago but I still think of it from time to time and wonder if I handled it correctly. My daughter (Miss E) was 7 years old at the time and had been invited to a classmate’s birthday party. I was recovering from surgery and unable to drive so I organized […]

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Roommate Karma

March 2, 2016

When I was younger I lived in a massive house with four to five other people. Having lived in that house for about five years, I accumulated a lot of stories. This one is about my old (distant) friend and former roommate Hailey. Hailey and I had been friends throughout high school and, even though […]

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My Gratitude Would Be Complete If You Would Only Buy This Wine

February 29, 2016

My husband works at a small nonprofit. One of his colleagues recently lost his mother to an illness she’d been battling for about a year. Of course he was devastated, and all of his co-workers, including the organization’s director, gave him the time and space he needed to deal both with practical matters and the […]

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Dueling Houseguests

February 25, 2016

I have a rough situation that I would appreciate you and your Ehellion’s input. A bit of background: A few years ago, at the request of my mother, my husband and I moved in to my Great Aunt Sandy’s house to help take care of her and the property. My GA is getting on in […]

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Picture Me Grieving

February 22, 2016

I’ve got a short story about a situation that struck me as odd and a bit inappropriate. A long time has passed but this still irks me a little. I grew up with my beloved grandma never living more than a few minutes away from me. Given that I was home schooled for a few […]

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Feel Good Friday – Community Comes Together For Son

February 19, 2016

A community has come together to help a young boy who lost so much, so quickly. Earlier this week, Tamara Hendry, a Zolfo Springs Elementary School teacher, died suddenly of a heart attack. Aside from teaching, Hendry was also a single mother to an 11-year-old boy named Heath. The family is still trying to heal […]

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