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The Silence After They Leave

This house is quiet y’all. The second week in after back to school and the silence after the kids leave is deafening. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want my kids home with me instead of at school. School is the place where all Riley children belong during the day. My crazy could pop […]

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The ‘Truth’ Behind Heading Off to College in the 21st Century

Recently, I took my two-year-old daughter to visit my college alma mater in Greenville, South Carolina. Together, we walked through the academic buildings and the library and visited the Rose Garden and the lake. Standing by the lake, on the very grounds that I once called home, I was suddenly overwhelmed with visions of the […]

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Creating Fall Traditions, One Pie Crust at a Time

“Whatever you are doing to your sister, don’t do it,” I called through the house. The angry shrieks of the over-tired tot could be heard from the kids’ room. An opportunity to aggravate an already flustered little sister is just too tempting to resist for the boy sometimes. Temptations are hearty beginning in October, and […]

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