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More often than not, I find myself almost laughing as the sequence of my day reminds me of a favorite childhood story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. For those of you who missed out on this one, it is a children’s picture book that tells a story of a mouse asking a little boy for a sequence of various items based on a previous item.  “If you give a mouse of cookie, he will probably want a glass of milk.  When he finishes the glass of milk…” and so on as the author Laura Numeroff tells the story....

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For most of our 15 years together, each time we would have a chance to go out, just the two of us, we always circled back to one topic.  Whenever we had a moment to talk, to reflect, to dream, James and I would both happily discuss our vision of one day opening a little cafe.  Over the years the dream took on different forms and variations but nonetheless, the goal remained the same.  We dreamed about one day having our own place, making our own food, a quaint little spot where we could share our passion for good food...

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I’m a lot like my dad.  Well, at least when it comes to some things.  Growing up I spent many weekends driving to races, making poster board signs of encouragement, and planning out a detailed map of a race route, perfectly timed to arrive there based on his estimated pacing for that mile marker.  At every race I watched, I couldn’t help but get goosebumps of excitement as I waited to watch my dad pass by. I admired him and all the fellow runners by his side as I witnessed them each achieving something great.  Most of these races were...

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“I will never be like that” I thought to myself as a sat there quietly smiling and nodding as a parent at a conference rattled off the busy schedule of sports’ practices, games, activities and other such obligations filling her daughter’s schedule.  At the time, I only had two kids, and they were still little, not even school age.  As a fifth grade teacher I was blown away by the hectic schedules my students’ kept, the limitless excuses for homework not being complete because of it, and just in awe, and not in a good way, that a ten year...

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Three kids.  Teacher.  Stay at home mom (yes, I wanted both somehow). A nice house with a circular driveway. Married to JTT or Taylor Hanson, either 90’s heart throb would do.  This list.  This is the list that young Holly would have written down if you asked her what she wanted when she grew up.  It’s funny to look back and think about how the dreams we have when we are young play out in the future.  I am happy to say that even as a young kid I definitely knew what I wanted.  Well mostly.  I’m lucky I did...

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