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    Sensational Step Sunday
    by Liz Kingsley
    September 9, 2014

    G and I acknowledge to each other that this life we’ve chosen is hard.  We live in a home with seven people, some of whom a...

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    Adolescent iPsychology
    by Liz Kingsley
    July 15, 2014

    I’m taking a summer course in adolescent psychology, and I’m discovering that this period in a young person’s life i...

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    Time to Teach These Kids to Fish
    by Liz Kingsley
    July 23, 2013

    At one of this year’s first summer travel baseball games, before the 100+ degree real-feel heat wave, before accepting 4:30 or 9...

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    DOMA’s Undoing – Progress to Many, a Setback to our Governor
    by Liz Kingsley
    June 29, 2013

    Our Supreme Court made a landmark decision this week when it overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, which since 1996 has defined marr...

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    My Daughter
    by Liz Kingsley
    May 16, 2013

    Not long ago, I became a stepmother to three wonderful kids, a girl and two boys. I have two boys of my own, so I’m no stranger ...

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    I Took My Child to Work and I Loved It
    by Liz Kingsley
    May 13, 2013

    I recently experienced my first “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” I owe my resulting glow to Gloria Steinem, who ...

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    by Liz Kingsley
    March 18, 2013

    A wonderful thing happened…it wasn’t forced, it wasn’t solicited, it wasn’t egged on by an adult hoping a chi...

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    Surgery Surprises for Same-Sex Pseudo Spouses
    by Liz Kingsley
    January 19, 2013

    About two weeks ago, my girlfriend G had surgery. It wasn’t an emergency procedure, thank goodness, so we had plenty of time to ...

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    The Most Super of Cuts
    by Liz Kingsley
    November 26, 2012

    Four weeks ago, my oldest son Blue had his bar mitzvah. If you’ve been through this with your child, you’ll surely recall ...

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    Love and Sunscreen
    by Liz Kingsley
    October 1, 2012

    Our family spent a week this August on Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina. We were a full house of sixteen: G, me, our five ki...

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    Oh, He's Gay
    by Liz Kingsley
    July 20, 2012

    It’s often the little moments during an impromptu mother-son wiffle ball game that demonstrate just how much a ten-year old know...

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    Grow Up (actually, not yet!)
    by Liz Kingsley
    July 5, 2012

    Be careful what you wish for. How many times has that proved true? Aesop really knew his stuff.  Often, when I see my kids’...

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    Take Me Back to the Stone Age
    by Liz Kingsley
    May 29, 2012

    Like many of us (or is it just me?), I have a complicated relationship with technology. It’s part infatuated-with-these-toys and...

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    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But?
    by Liz Kingsley
    April 28, 2012

    I love writing these Blended columns. The act of writing is cathartic and it helps me understand, celebrate and vent about what’...

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    Get a Move On
    by Liz Kingsley
    April 11, 2012

    Now that summer has arrived in March, walking home from school is ideal, particularly to the mom who doesn’t feel like cutting h...

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    My Compliments
    by Liz Kingsley
    March 16, 2012

    The idea of a compliment is simple: you give one, the recipient feels good, and you feel good for having perpetuated goodness. Then, y...

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    Let's Talk About Autism, Baby
    by Liz Kingsley
    February 16, 2012

    A five-minute ride home from a Saturday afternoon basketball game turned into a fascinating exchange about autism. By way of backgroun...

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    Open, Open, Share, Share
    by Liz Kingsley
    February 2, 2012

    We humans are bound together by similarities. Most of us have two arms, two legs, one heart and hair that comes out better when we ski...

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    Union County Spelling Bee
    by Liz Kingsley
    February 1, 2012

    Who knew a fourth grade spelling bee had the makings of Shakespeare? We had comedy, tragedy and fully realized characters strutting th...

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    Limits and Boundaries and Borders, Oh Please!
    by Liz Kingsley
    January 11, 2012

    ‘Tis the season of excess – over eating, over spending, over giving and over doing. For those of us in interfaith househol...

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    Looking for Gratitude in All the Wrong Places
    by Liz Kingsley
    December 23, 2011

    I had this idea for Thanksgiving. It’s not unique, really. I’m sure many families do it. I wanted all 22 of us to sit arou...

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    Sing It Loud
    by Liz Kingsley
    November 25, 2011

    G and I love music, I mean really love it. She does her Sugarland thing and I have Neil Young and we listen to a lot in between. O...

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    What Do They Know, Anyway?
    by Liz Kingsley
    November 10, 2011

    I’m often told that my kids – all kids - know a lot more than I give them credit for. They sense things. They feel things....

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    Movies Are Stranger Than Life
    by Liz Kingsley
    October 28, 2011

    We generally go to the movies to escape real life, to lose ourselves in a soft chair with a cupholder and live a fantasy. Luckily, tha...

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    Food Borne Pickiness
    by Liz Kingsley
    October 17, 2011

    I thought adults, including me, were the only ones with food hang-ups. Kids love food, right?  Sweet food, salty food, food t...