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    The DARE Program Still Exists?! …Talking to our Kids about Addiction

    I was at Pete’s party in the summer of my sophomore year in high school. He was real cool because he hailed from Canada which, to us at that time, was a very exotic place. The moment that DARE had warned me about occured not in a shady back-alley shortcut on my way home from school, but amongst friends at an innocuous backyard get together. Somebody passed the joint to me. I don’t remember who, but I think it was that drummer Chris. It’s always the drummer, isn’t it? Instantly my mind jumped back to the DARE indoctrination that I had experienced four years prior. I pictured myself taking one…

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    Filing for Custody in California: Time to Pay Uncle Sam…

    (Note: This article pertains mostly to single mamas who were unmarried at the time that their children were born, and the custody challenges they may face as a result. Divorce-related custody issues are a whole other beast, for which my knowledge is extremely limited at this point. If you’re a divorced single mama, I would be curious to hear about the personal challenges you’ve experienced and your ideas on how we can make improvements to the system. Please feel free to drop a line in the comments.) I made a rather general resolution as we rang in 2018, to complete that big transition from “surviving” to “thriving.” This would be…