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    When Politics Aren’t Just Political

    You can’t choose your family, but I have friends with whom I wholeheartedly disagree in terms of politics. In the past, these differences haven’t been a big deal for me. I don’t love it, I don’t get it, but I can respect our varied points of view. Over the past few years, however, our political parties have been swinging to extremes. The differences in our political viewpoints has become increasingly profound. To my friends who have said that we should just look past our political differences, I now have to say, “No.” Because it’s no longer about big government vs. small government, views on the military, or the rate of…

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    Information Overload or Information Fulfillment?

    I was at a dinner in Walt Disney World for a TravelingMom.com retreat. We were perched atop the Contemporary Resort outside of the California Grill restaurant and waiting for the fireworks to begin. The conversation turned to the topic of princess castles at the different Disney theme parks and I was trying to remember which theme park was matched with which princess. I knew that Cinderella’s castle was paired with Walt Disney World, while Sleeping Beauty’s castle resided at Disneyland, but I couldn’t remember the details of Paris Disneyland, Tokyo, or Hong Kong. My companions were making small talk with me and were more than happy to put the castle…

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    Living the Life I Love

    I confess that I don’t blog on More than Mommy as much as I would like to. I have a hard time deciding which content fits in my Quirky Fusion bucket and which fits in my More than Mommy bucket. As a result, it all ends up over in Quirky Fusion-land. I’ve spent the past few days in NYC at Toy Fair. It was a dream of mine before I even began writing professionally, and I love seeing all of the new toys on the market. This year has been even more special because I also get to spend time with so many blogging, toy and tech friends. And it…

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    Rejected, Dejected and Old Baggage

    My grandmother called me this morning. I knew I shouldn’t have answered the phone, but she’s been trying to reach me all week, so I felt like I should just find out what’s going on. But I’m in an awful mood today. Why I’m in such a bad mood is sort of lame, but my grandmother’s call was a good reminder of why things like this upset me as much as they do. So, here’s the kind of lame part: the Disney Social Media Moms application process ended yesterday and left me feeling really hurt and sad. If you know me, you know I’m used to being overlooked for blogging…

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    Boston Parent Bloggers & Quirky Fusion

    Ah, the challenges of branding. I tweet as MorethanMommy, so it’s obvious that people link over to me here at my “home base.” But I do most of my blogging on QuirkyFusion.com. Why? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I wanted to keep this space for me to muse about various things, while Quirky Fusion is my space to talk about parenting, products, and parent blogging. It turned out that I don’t have as much time to “muse” as I’d like, and when I do, I do it over there as well. I’ve mentioned it before, but I will be rebranding. I’m just not quite there…

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    A Commitment to Love – The Stuff That Never Happened and the Stuff That Did

    . “…It’s very obvious that my body has no freaking idea what it’s supposed to be doing, or otherwise it wouldn’t be trying to kick this baby out of me. ” [The Stuff That Never Happened, Maddie Dawson] There are so many themes in The Stuff That Never Happened that struck a chord with me, but none more than the plight of the main character’s daughter, Sophie. Part way into her first pregnancy, she goes into a bathroom stall and sees blood everywhere. She panics, assuming that she’s losing the baby. And, although this does not happen to the main character, it is a catalyst for everything that follows. I…

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    The Year Before 40 – Good Things

    This is the year of good things. Why? Because I am declaring it to be. I’m where I want to be and I’m doing what I want to be doing. It’s amazing! In the past few months, I’ve really started to see my hard work pay off in way I couldn’t have imagined. It’s not just about money, which really doesn’t motivate me to push myself further. Instead, it’s paying off in relationships, experiences, joy, energy, etc. There is something about following your instincts and ending up exactly where you ought to be. Because of that, I’ve been so fortunate to find new writing gigs, contracts and relationships with people…

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    National Mom’s Nite Out

    Thanks to everyone who joined me at the Pheasant Lane Mall for Mom’s Nite Out tonight. If you’re looking for Quirky Fusion (my parenting blog), it’s just quirkyfusion.com.

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    Avatar: Archetypal, Cliche’ or Both?

    Those of use who spend a lot of time online think of an “avatar” as a digital representation of yourself, such as you might use in a virtual world or social networking site. That definition certainly makes sense for the movie of the same name, where the characters take on an “alien” persona in order to interact with the indigenous people on a foreign planet.┬áThe Free Online Dictionary also defines the word avatar as “an embodiment, as of a quality or concept; an archetype.” And it is that definition of the word that struck me so hard during the movie that I found myself in tears halfway through. The basic…

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