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Congratulations! Your newly minted adult will soon fly the nest. It’s natural for a parent to feel uncertain about this major change. This book will tell you everything you can expect during the three trimesters of empty nesting.

First Trimester: Anticipation

The anticipation of the first trimester comes in two flavors: dread and…

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As I head into my second year of writing and publishing online, I’m scrolling back through my old stories and sharing my favorites along with my thoughts. Join the journey.

I first wrote this on Facebook. The power of being able to put words to my grief and share it…

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Greatest Generation, Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z, Zoomers: which overly simplified and ridiculously hyped group do you fall into?

Who cares, you say?

Every person churning out content for a deadline who needs a quick story.

How am I supposed to read on the internet, says the imaginary reader…

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. — Dalai Lama

This is not a don’t worry be happy kind of post.

Nasty, huge systemic messes are frightening us all. Putting your hands over your ears and eyes and shouting, “I…

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I haven’t done a review of a writer in a while now but I have a winner for you all today. Orrin Onken is full of laugh-out-loud humor and realism about life in retirement.

Please don’t skip Onken because you’re young. We do too much shuffling off into our own…

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If you are looking for a list of serious artsy fiction or hard-hitting well-researched nonfiction, this is not the list for you.

In 2021, I read books to escape into another world. I read for happy endings or at least satisfying conclusions where everything is neatly wrapped up. …

Mary DeVries

Writing, wondering, and wandering across three continents. Finding the funny everywhere I go.

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