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Celebrate Pride by talking to your kids about gender and sexuality. My thirteen year-old son started wearing rainbow Pride bracelets from Target last summer. Before school started, he bought a Pride t-shirt, too, and when September rolled around, he joined...
Not everything has to be "12 Years A Slave". I mean, yes, by all means watch that movie. After all, it won the Best Picture Oscar as, according to Rotten Tomatoes, an "unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also...
Did you know you can train your brain to be happier? This is great news for all of us, but especially for people struggling to get through (or rebound from) stressors. At this moment in history, we are collectively experiencing...
They taught us that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words just hurt your feelings. What they forgot to teach us, is that your skin color will make you prone, to those sticks and stones,...
Sometimes I have the words to say, and sometimes I can’t quite put the words together. Sometimes I can empathize and relate to what others are going through, and sometimes I can only imagine because I was born of a...
In just the last month or so, Ahmad Aubrey was shot while going for a run and Breonna Taylor was shot by police in her own home. And then, in one day, we watched the modern day lynching of...
"I can't breathe!" breaks my heart. But it's the "Mama!" that haunts me. George Floyd, lying face down in the street, his windpipe crushed under the weight of a police officer's knee, gasping for breath, begging for life. "Mama!", he groaned. "Mama!",...
I was incredibly lucky as I dropped the weight pretty quickly with both our girls. I'm an avid runner as well, so my obsession to pound the pavement helped tremendously. Despite this picture of me getting ready...
There is a lot of uncertainty related to the job market right now in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, unemployment rates are at historic highs, since many people have been laid off or furloughed due to businesses being...
I’m tired of talking about this. My kids are tired of talking about this. My 6-year old even asked that we stop calling “it” the Corona Virus, and instead call it “the sickness”. Is she on to something? The truth is, I...
I think about my fifth-grade classroom all of the time. I went to a magnet school in the same building with a junior high. The elementary half was a huge open space partitioned off with moving bulletin boards, and...
Mr. Shingler had been my favorite teacher and coach. But in that moment, I hated him. It was eighth grade and, all year, I had been a starting forward on the basketball team. One week, though, I missed a game I should...

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Go, See, Explore: Fireman’s Park In Verona, WI

The weather is truly heating up in Wisconsin and we need a place to cool off. Fireman's Park located in Verona has been one...