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My Butt

In spite of the horde of in-laws gathered in the open kitchen right next to me, I was practicing Karate. I had a tournament in a month and vacation was no excuse to slack off. A wall of windows looked out over the pond and a forest full of blinking lightening bugs. Before this trip…

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Dim, Sticky Beginnings

Let’s pretend it’s 2006, and I’ve just had my first child. I’m cowering in the corner with my laptop, hiding from a messy house and the adorable 10-week-old baby girl wiggling on the living room floor. I feel like I’m trapped in a lonely dark hole. A hole littered with baby toys and dirty dishes. I…