Halloween with the Red Van Raiders

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by Tanya Ward Goodman I was in third grade and it was Halloween. A bunch of people had gathered at our house to eat and drink before heading out to trick-or-treat. My mother was dressed as a gypsy fortune-teller. She swirled around the house in satin skirts and a patchwork vest, dispensing red wine out […]

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Not just a mom. Not just a writer.

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by Tanya Ward Goodman Since I last posted here at The Next Family, I’ve become a published author. My memoir, “Leaving Tinkertown” came out in August and was accompanied by a small flurry of interviews and readings. While I have considered myself a “writer,” for a long time, holding a book in my hands cemented […]

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A Mouse in the House

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by Tanya Ward Goodman The mouse is named “Candy Corn.” He is grey on the top and bottom with a white middle. When we first saw this mouse, my daughter proclaimed in very passionate tones that he was “the mouse of her destiny.” In the words of Taylor Swift : “Trouble, trouble, trouble…” “We have […]

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