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Strength Finds Me

Long after Horatio returned from his most recent 20+ month deployment, people still say they don’t know how we did it. Horatio gets looks of pity for having been away from his family for so long, and friends and acquaintances … Continue reading

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Vaccine Debate Over: Vaccines Save Lives

The title of this piece seems to state the obvious, right?  So why are the numbers of anti-vaxxers increasing? Fear.  Misguided fear, but fear nonetheless. There is no dispute over the fact that vaccines save lives.  The inoculations developed and … Continue reading

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All in an Expat Weekend

Sometimes weekends pass with nothing out of the ordinary coming to pass.  This was not one of those weekends.  Nothing dramatic happened but we saw several things that made me double take.  Life abroad is full of things we don’t … Continue reading

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Check out the new Spartan Up podcast and win a code for a free race entry

Check out Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena’s new Podcast “Spartan UP!” WE UNCOVER WHAT MAKES THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE WINNERS. The epitome of grit, Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe … Continue reading

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Oh The Twists and Turns of This Life We Lead…

The windy mountain road we navigate to get to and from our house is a metaphor for our life here in Taiwan.  It is full of twists and turns and near misses; but overall, lovely and with perks.  Like many … Continue reading

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To Curse or Not To Curse, WTF is a Parent to do?

I’ve never been a big swearer.  I can remember as a 10 year old in fifth grade, when my peers started to use “bad words,”  thinking that using the F word in every other sentence was a cop-out for taking … Continue reading

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Westley the 3 Legged Wonder Dog Has Landed

Westley arrived in Taipei on Monday afternoon.  His afternoon arrival made it impossible for him to go to the quarantine facility until the next day.  Our customs agent took care of his well being over night, and Horatio made arrangements … Continue reading

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The B&*$# is Back

Freezing rain forced at two hour delay of the school day, so the kids had time to hang out and relax before leaving the house this morning.  As I was making breakfast, nine year old Bob wondered aloud about why … Continue reading

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Fake it ’til You Make It

Holiday time can be very stressful for a military family with a deployed parent.  I’m glad to not be celebrating as a single parent this year.  Having Horatio at home has made this holiday season much more festive than the … Continue reading

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It’s Never Too Early to Think “Back to School”

As the mother of four school-aged children, thinking ahead is the only way I can stay sane when it comes to back to school shopping.  I’ve been shopping for school supplies for 11 years now and my methods continue to … Continue reading

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