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A game-changer from the Toddler Whisperer I wish I knew sooner

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They called her the Toddler Whisperer.

I guarded my excitement carefully. Maybe the other parents have a standard of excellence from a learning center teacher that looks much different from mine. Cautiously optimistic, I would watch.

You will see, they said.

The Authentic Eclectic

I wouldn’t change anything except for me, so I did

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Everything was fine in my marriage until the last 8 hobbling years. Unfortunately, divorce proceedings started in the 25th year of our union. Once the dissolution was finalized, I told people how I was happily married for 15 years, yet married for a decade more than that. And though I…

The Authentic Eclectic

Looks can be deceiving — so think before you speak

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My male friendships and dating options diminish by the day, sometimes by the hour.

Minute by minute even, Jillian Michaels has ruined my future. If you don’t know her, she is an icon of physical fitness and health. …

The Authentic Eclectic

Thanksgiving has a whole new look, and so does my family

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I love a good inside joke.

Unless I am excluded from it. Then, the joke will torture me until I can figure it out. I’m pretty astute, but I can’t always break the code.

But when I do, I can laugh with the best of them.

Eventually, the new people…

CAREER GROWTH

There’s more than just one tree in the forest

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Have you stood back from the trees to see the forest yet?

Granted, the forest can be hard to see.

We get comfortable doing what we know how to do because change can be uncomfortable. It’s nice to know your tree. You hug it, love it, enjoy the shade…

The Authentic Eclectic

Until further notice, death is inescapable

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The timing of my grandfather’s death inconveniently interrupted my lunch.

I was just 8 years old if I recall, but not much more than that.

Many moons ago, before cell phones, the wall phone rang at my friend’s house where I had been invited to hang out, play, and…

My marriage had a beginning, an ending, and gaslighting

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Maybe it was a last-ditch effort but we were out of options.

We sat with our marriage counselor.

Our voices never raised. We were not verbal attackers by nature, but there were tears. Plenty of streaming tears fell of their own accord. They came unexpectantly and needed an escape.

They…

The Authentic Eclectic

Seeded grapes, cancel culture, and our children

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What do seeded grapes have to do with cancel culture?

You may already be backing out of this story thinking, “Nothing.”

“They have nothing to do with each other, and the question is so stupid I refuse to read another word.”

And, it is just that thought process that makes…

FICTIONS — HORROR

Old world justice — an eye for an eye

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For the third time, she wiped the crooked lip liner off and started again.

Her fingers trembled, though her brain willed them to stop. Ellen begged stillness from her hands and refused to blink her eyes.

Please just follow the edge. Please.

The rich burgundy color slowly etched its place…

The Authentic Eclectic

Paying attention because children deserve individualized care

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Look at my cupcake, Yaya!

My confusion is instantaneous. We are not in the kitchen, and we don’t have any cupcakes in the house, regardless. We also aren’t Greek, but he started calling me Yaya during his very young and extremely wise first year of life. …

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