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shootings

A couple of days ago, I felt compelled to write a piece on the most recent school shooting tragedy.  It was all about how complacency has played a major role in these types of tragedies.  I published it through my Medium account because I was worried that it was too emotionally charged for my platform here at PH.  I shared it with friends and my blogging circle to get their take on it and how it may or may not fit in here.

And then it hit me.

I am part of the problem.

...continue reading Guns, Complacency & Cheetos- A Mother’s Plea on School Shootings

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yelling

This is one of those posts that is difficult for me to spit out, because it involves a lot of soul baring on my part.  I want to talk about yelling and how it destroys the trust and bonds between parent and child.   ...continue reading How Yelling Hurts Your Happiness

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Listentotheday

Listen to the Day

Listen to the day, and what it says, in whispers of wind upon the sounds of playing children...  Shrieks of delight and roars of competition - foes fallen and friends united, brothers in love.   ...continue reading How Listening to the Day Can Improve Your Happyness

Living in the moment is something I truly struggle with.  I know I’m not the only one with this issue, but I also feel that life abroad, especially for diplomats, brings an interesting nuance to this issue.

You see, I don’t just spend a lot of time wondering what’s going on with everyone else in my family.  Worrying about my grandfather.  Inquiring about my sister in college.  But I spend a lot of time hypothesizing about our future, since we live on this rotational two year calendar.  If we are lucky we get three years, or if we are really rolling the dice, DH gets a one year in a third world dump.  (He loves the work, but those twelve months are rough!) ...continue reading The Moments When

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steaming-coffee-cup1This morning, a beautiful sunny morning in Amman, we gathered the boys up early to go grab breakfast at Crumz, a local chain that can be best described as the Jordanian version of Panera, only with friendlier people and wait service.

On any given Friday morning you can spot quite a few American and European dips or expats enjoying their coffee and pastries in an environment that gives you a cozy little feeling of being home for an hour or so.  But what I also love about the place, is that you can find just as many local families there, having a morning coffee before Mosque, enjoying the start of their weekend with their kids.  The scene is endearing, families of multiple cultures taking a few moments to sit and enjoy the coffee, the good food, and the company of their loved ones. ...continue reading An Eye Opening Morning