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My most powerful childhood memory is very simple, like all the deepest recollections are: as my mother leaned against the sink of our butter-yellow Minneapolis kitchen, I barreled into her and squashed my face her soft belly. I could have been no older than five, for my head reached no higher than the motherly bulge that...

While on a camping trip at the beach north of Santa Barbara I ditched my family and headed into nearby Solvang for the day. My children's sibling rivalry was so severe that they would whine and fight in the middle of Disneyland, and our camping trip had been somewhat hellish. They were busy making sandcastles with my husband...

I attend a peace rally in Sylvester Park on Wednesday afternoon and I am joined by a bunch of Catholics with ashes on their foreheads. I decided to join the rally at the last minute. Baby Tate still has boysenberry jam on his face from his afternoon snack. It looks as though it will rain so we have bundled up in fleece, long...

Unexpected Skype issues forced This Manic Mama to take a hiatus. She thought that while she was visiting her parents she might as well interview her mom, author JY Lilly (a.k.a. Lillian, a.k.a. Mom). J.Y. Lilly hails from Edmonton Canada. She is entering the Fantasy genre with her first book...

Nopalitos for dinner? It's okay for mamis to indulge in the prickly green treats, according to Lourdes Alcañiz. During her first pregnancy, Alcañiz kept an ear out for that friendly and trusting voice that was impossible to hear thousands of miles away from friends and family. An award-winning journalist, Alcañiz soon...

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