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Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

It starts at about 6:00 am. “Mommy!” The cry is confident, knowing that it will be answered promptly. They might want (yet another) glass of water. More likely they’re ready to get up though. I feel like a jerk, because I’m not happy about this. I was counting on getting another hour, hour and a …

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  ‘Normal People’ are these imaginary folks who live in my head with whom I compare myself and use to try to figure out how to handle bizarre and complex situations like play dates and public temper tantrums and choosing between Super, Super Plus or Ultra Protection. We’ve all heard the saying that the definition …

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Yeah right, I wish. Until very recently I felt like I was yelling at my kids all the time, which is completely at odds with my parenting philosophy of NOT yelling at my kids all the time. Granted, they totally deserved it. In the last few months it’s like they have somehow figured out all the …

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Somewhat unbelievably, today is my daughter’s fourth birthday. I know I’m not the only mom to wonder where the time went. I typically overlook milestones in my life, because I’m usually too busy to properly celebrate (I’m working on it) but last night I got a little misty-eyed, recollecting the 96 HOURS of labor leading …

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As I attempt to write this, Grace is sitting on my bed, wearing her Dora bathing suit. She is waiting to go to the pool, which we will do after my Tony’s training class ends. It will take three adults to partake in this adventure because there are three littles and they are sneaky, bent …

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This was something I wrote two weeks ago, on my way back home to Southern California for the weekend.  I’m back now and so refreshed!  To everyone who gave me the gift of their time, I’m very grateful! To those who stayed home and held down the fort, that goes double! I’m on another plane, …

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I’ve always been a reader.  Family lore says that I learned to read before I was three years old and I’ve had a book in my hand ever since.  I consider the Kindle the greatest invention ever – way better than the wheel, because the only reason you really need a car is to drive …

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I’ve been thinking a lot about priorities, and purpose, and what am I really supposed to be doing. Obviously, I am supposed to be being a loving supportive wife and a loving supportive Mommy. Obvious but not always easy. I was raised in the generation of women conditioned to believe we not only could have it …

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I read an interesting article the other day.  It said that children who are raised in non-secular homes are less likely to distinguish between the possible and impossible when reading stories than children who are raised in secular homes.   My first reaction was to google ‘secular’ because I always get the meaning of that word …

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I just learned that I have name amnesia (namenesia?)  Or maybe Name Addiction?  I’m not sure what it’s called but of the millions (or maybe gazillions, I’d have to check with the statisticians on the exact –illions) of names out there, I apparently am only aware of about twelve.  This came to light when I …

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