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just a smidge

6 years, 6 months, 22 days Dear Frijolita: I almost quit my day job because of you. At bedtime, while reading The BFG, you realized we were one chapter from the end, but I was about to wrap up reading our one chapter for the night... leaving just a smidge of the book for tomorrow. All of a sudden you slapped your hand onto the book and said, "Mama, I worked hard at Crafty Wonderland (a local craft show that allows kids to sell their wares) and saved a bunch of money this year from my birthday. I think I can afford to pay you $100 to read that last chapter, right this moment." At one hundred bucks a chapter, I...

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It's not lost on me that today, all these years later, I'm wearing a mask out into the world again...

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merry-go-round of life

4 years, 6 months, 19 days Dear Frijolita: Today you were 4. All. Day. Long. Not just a little bit 4, but a full-tilt, fully committed, not messing around 4 that had me by the chin hairs while we spun on the merry-go-round of life today. And no moment demonstrates this more than at 8:17pm when you were most definitely supoosed to be in bed, ready for me to read you a book (your favorite moment of the day, every day), but instead you were popping up out of bed every few seconds to get the "riiiiiight" book. Exasperated, I got up and let you know that I was going to the bathroom. That before I returned you better have...

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a story of a book

A few years back, thru the divine intervention of an Apple Genius Bar appointment (that's a long story), we had the good fortune of becoming a marketing project for four separate teams of dynamic, talented marketing students at Portland State University.  It was an incredible experience. Hearing the students talk of our work. Watching their professors massage nuance & draw out strength they believed inherent to our brand. And then, witnessing them present their marketing campaign ideas to firms such as Weiden & Kennedy (yeah... the Just Do It Weiden & Kennedy) North, and so many more.  We were stunned by their collaborative approach to the work of finding out what was good & right about us. As small businesses,...

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expectant motherhood

Dear Frijolita: You and I, we've worked hard to build a relationship of love & mutual respect. Some days that goes swimmingly. Other days... well, I don't write about those as much as a more transparent mama might.  But this time, this Coronavirus time, it's made for a number of hard days. So many that, on this Mother's Day, I have to admit my mama muscles are being stretched more that I really ever wanted or knew to be possible. 

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