To Speak Or Not To Speak: Why Silence Is No Longer the Answer. Was It Ever?


I started writing this post in June.  It was purely a therapeutic outlet; a way to grasp the horrific events of Orlando and Charleston.  It’s more a stream of semi-conscious thoughts scribbled viciously as a way to scream at the world on paper, than any sort of articulate composition.  But as I safely tucked this post away in the back of

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Meet A Mom Who Found Her [Inner] Child


Black and ivory keys beckoned.  For years they called, and yet, I tuned them out.  Days passed into years.  Years into decades.  Until one day, the lure was too intense to resist.  This primal urge consumed my thoughts until I could contain it no longer.   I took my very first piano lesson this week.  And I haven’t stopped grinning

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Close Your Eyes and Make a Wish

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This time of year is one of my favorite seasons.  Not because it’s almost jeans and sweatshirt weather.  Not because the kids are back in school.  Not because it’s almost Pumpkin Spice time. (though that’s a really close second) Three of my four children have birthdays within 4 weeks of each other.  So in the Orban household, it is the

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How A Mom Discovered the Power of PokeBalls


  If you had told me a week ago that I would be sucked into playing an app on my phone that had me running around chasing cartoon Pokémon, I would have said you were crazy.   And yet, here I am.   I now know who, Pidgey, Rattata, Venonat and Bulbasaur are.  Pokedex, PokeStop, lure module, combat power, and

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A Work In Progress


Few people know that I am an artist. Watching a stark, white canvas explode in color as a paint brush dances over its surface is exhilarating to me. Sometimes I have a very clear vision of what I want the end result of my painting to look like. I may be loosely copying a picture found in a magazine, or

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