Recently, I listened to a remastered Casey Kasem Top 40 countdown from 1986. The music that Casey played reconnected me to my youth, and put a smile on my face. You might not recognize the bands: Mike + the...
My brother sent me a text today with a photograph from a pharmacy in Minneapolis. He said that several stores resemble the empty shelves seen in this image all over the city. I had to laugh because I am...
As a child, I was skinny. I remember I had a purple skirt that I was able to wear from age four until age 11. The only thing that changed was the length — my legs kept getting longer until...
In my home the following scene has played out multiple times: “Mom, will you come play dolls (superheroes) with me?” “Sure Honey!” Play begins. I make my doll or superhero do something. Soon I hear, “no, you aren’t doing it...
Please stop sharing social media posts about stranger abduction for sex trafficking from public places. These posts are not true. They are urban legends designed to stir up fear while at the same time lull us into believing that...
How many times do you go back and view old videos and photos on your phone? I may have done it a handful of times. I was at a theme park last December getting ready for the fireworks show. We had...
In small, quiet corners of my home lie abandoned hobbies, waiting in a suspended state of "you never know." In a kitchen cabinet, a stash of yarn remains from the crochet adventure of 2018 (not to be confused with...
On December 14, 2012, a mass shooting occurred that shook me to my very core. Why was I so affected? I didn't know any of the victims or their families. Until that day, I'd never even heard of Newtown,...
While life is grand, it sure can be chaotic as a mom. Since life is definitely too short to do things the long way, I compiled all the ICM writers' favorite mom hacks to share with you. We're covering...
I remember when I was about six months pregnant, one of my husbands co-workers said to him: “There will come a time when your child will throw up and you will willingly catch it. It’s just a reflex! And it’s...

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