Spotlight Series: Debbie and Stacey

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TNF: Tell me about your family. DEBBIE: We are married. We have been together for 11 years and we have been married for 10 years. We have one child, Alex, who is 5 years old. TNF:  How did you meet your wife? DEBBIE: Our hair dresser introduced us. Stacey was dating his best friend and he […]

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Finding Jewish Heritage As An Adult.

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By Carol Rood I was born Jewish.  My father was born Jewish. My mother was born a Southern Baptist but converted to Judaism prior to marrying my father, so I was born Jewish.  Being Jewish is passed through the mother not the father.  You might wonder why, (as I did), Jewishness is passed through the […]

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Spotlight Series: Amy and Valerie

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TNF: Tell me about your family. Valerie: Amy and I married “legally” in New Jersey 12/31/13 but had a lovely renewal/celebration in our home state of PA on May 17, 2014 only days before it was legally recognized! We celebrated on our honeymoon We have one amazing son, Grayson (6yo) and are currently TTC with […]

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“I Don’t Have a Birthmark Because I Don’t Have a Dad”

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By Brandy Black “Do you and Mom have birthmarks? “Yes, we both do!” “Do my brother or sister have one?” “No, I don’t think any of you have one actually.” “I know why, because we don’t have a dad.”, my six-year-old daughter says calmly, “all my friends with dads have birthmarks.” “That’s not actually how […]

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An Open Letter Of Lament On Age And Fashion

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By Amber Leventry Dear Confidently Open Queer Female Sales Clerks at the Mall, I see the way you look at me. Not with the confusion of a less aware straight sales clerk, but with a look of pity. With my baseball cap on, short hair sticking out around my ears, you do not think I […]

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I’m Not a Father So Stop Acknowledging Me On Father’s Day

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By Amber Leventry To all of the great dads out there, I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day. I know some families without fathers celebrated moms or other guardians on Father’s Day even though they are not dads. They feel they play a role of both mother and father and they want to be […]

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Parenting With OCD and Perfectionism: I Have A Weed Problem

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By Amber Leventry I have a weed problem. I also have an impatient and insatiable desire to cross things off of a to-do list. Fine, let’s get back to the weed problem. I’m not talking about the weed you smoke or throw into brownie batter; I am referring to the weeds that infiltrate my lawn […]

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Proud of Pride

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By: K. Pearson Brown The 2014 PRIDE LA Music & Arts Festival held June 6-9 in West Hollywood Park delivered on the promise of its promoters, Christopher Street West, that the event would feature “something for everyone.”  A centerpiece of the festival was Thunderground, an outdoor rollerskating rink complete with a light show and mirror […]

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How Honest Are We On Social Media?

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By Carol Rood I am blessed with a few very good friends.  I also have lots of friends I interact with every day thanks to Social Media.  Of course, just like everyone else, I interact with some more than others. I think Facebook is interesting.  Everyone always wants to brag about their kids’ accomplishments, and […]

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