On Being Irish: A St. Patrick’s Day Rant

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Do you want to know what chaps my pasty ass? People from Ireland getting their asses chapped when people from America want to claim their Irish heritage. I don’t know how many times I’ve met an Irish person and said, “My ancestors are from County Cork,” only to be met with an eye-roll and sometimes with a flat-out rude retort like, … Read More

On Being Irish: A St. Patrick’s Day Rant

Seven Reasons Why Being A Mom Is Like Having A Concussion

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Last night, I went into my home’s basement crawl space to take inventory of the eleventy billion trucks my sons never play with down there. After several minutes of picture-snapping, I totally forgot where I was, as I often do, and STOOD STRAIGHT UP. Because the ceiling was only about 4 feet tall, I DRILLED my head on it and … Read More

Seven Reasons Why Being A Mom Is Like Having A Concussion

The Day I Nearly Lost Control of My Orifices at A “Listen To Your Mother” Audition

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As some of you might have heard, I went to an audition for Listen to Your Mother yesterday in our nation’s capital. Listen To Your Mother is a show that will be performed in 39 U.S. cities this year. At each show, 10-12 writers—handpicked by the show’s directors—will go up to the microphone and read their 5-minute stories about motherhood … Read More

The Day I Nearly Lost Control of My Orifices at A “Listen To Your Mother” Audition

How Many Moms Does It Take To Draw A Heart?

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This week, one of my five-year-old twin boys, Drew, and I sat down to do arts and crafts. (He actually pronounces it “arts and craps,” and I’ll never correct him since it pretty much sums up how I feel about doing this activity). “Let’s draw and cut out a big heart,” I said. “Then we can decorate it.” Not exactly Martha Stewart-worthy, but HE … Read More

How Many Moms Does It Take To Draw A Heart?

Papa Does Preach Guest Post: Searching For Dad

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You guys know that I am partial to the type of writing that merges the past with the present, and family history is a specialty of mine. You guys also know I haven’t written anything of my own in a while – I know, I’m sad about it too. Life sometimes gets in the way. But luckily, my buddy Mike … Read More

Papa Does Preach Guest Post: Searching For Dad

Merry Thanksmas: A Holiday Rant

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Ok, it’s two weeks (give or take) before Thanksgiving, and I have a confession to make. I’m one of THOSE people – the kind that is champing at the bit to get my Christmas on BEFORE Thanksgiving. There, I said it. Let the judging begin! But first, people, let’s think about this. This year, Thanksgiving’s on November 24th. If I waited until … Read More

Merry Thanksmas: A Holiday Rant

How Grandma Spun Straw into Gold

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Yesterday it was my Grandma Brown’s birthday. She was a spark plug of a human being, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her granddaughter. She could walk into a room, and the energy around her crackled and glowed, like those rainbow fireplace logs you can buy at the grocery store. Yes, I totally just compared my dear, departed … Read More

How Grandma Spun Straw into Gold

Cirque du Today: Losing My Religion

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As some of you might guess, my relationship with God has been, um, complicated. When you grow up with a mom who frequently converses with The Lord, and those conversations often lead her to pack up all your shit and move somewhere overnight, you might occasionally want to give God the finger. And not the You’re Number One finger. Now, … Read More

Cirque du Today: Losing My Religion

Big Top Family Goes On Tour!

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The talented and beautiful Jessica McNeill Azar of Herd Management asked me to join her on this Virtual Blog Tour, and I was afraid to turn her down – she’s 5’10” and she could totally kick my ass if she wanted to! Also, she was just published on The Huffington Post with her awesome Father’s Day essay about capable Dads, … Read More

Big Top Family Goes On Tour!

Abandoning Pretense Guest Posts: Roadside Furniture is the Voice of God, If You Listen Hard Enough

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I’m ecstatic and honored to announce that Kristen Mae of the very popular, very honest, very funny Abandoning Pretense is guest-posting here today! She read all about my religious upbringing in Old School Circus and thought this post would fit perfectly. She’s right. This story resonated with me on so many different levels, and I know it’ll do the same for you.  … Read More

Abandoning Pretense Guest Posts: Roadside Furniture is the Voice of God, If You Listen Hard Enough