Simply Stated Blogger Contest

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Finalist: Jenna Tico

As if the act of leaving home weren’t enough, the beginning of college is a whirlwind of stress, excitement, and utter confusion that even the best Judy Blume book cannot prepare you for. Some react with recklessness, diving headfirst into curfew-less life by refusing to sleep, eating Cheetos for breakfast, and shamelessly laundering colors along with delicates. Me? I reacted […]

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Finalist: Colleen Mescall

Red silky hair. A dazzling smile. Charm that’ll knock your socks off. How could you resist? Sure, it’s 11:00 p.m. and your body is telling you its tired, but he’s just too tempting to say ‘no’ to. You finally give in, and surrender – mind, body, and soul – to the best late night comedian around, Conan O’Brien. (I should […]

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Finalist: Courtney Messenbaugh

I quit the neighborhood playgroup. In return, I experienced a lot of mommy guilt. I never wanted to join a playgroup. I’m fickle, noncommittal and quite frankly, was scared of them. Playgroups seemed to me an incubator for my generation’s special brand of over-achieving, hyper-competitive, manual-reading and obsessive parenting. In other words, a place to expose my many imperfections. Once […]

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Finalist: Melanie Moore

Toilets. Most people despise them. I wanted to hang onto mine for dear life. I live in a home as the only female, surrounded by males – one of which is potty training – so you would thinking giving up toilets would be an answer to prayer. But for me, handing over my toilet cleaner wand meant only one thing. […]

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Finalist: Mary Doehla

Sleep Number 7 (at least) As a mother of four young children, I thought exhaustion was just part of the deal – along with an expanded waist line, stained carpets and legs in desperate need of a shave. My fatigue didn’t ring any alarms in my head until I noticed that takeout for dinner had become the norm, the laundry […]

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Finalist: Scott Falconer

Worry. That answer came to me the moment I read the question. Worry is the hardest thing I have to give up to balance my schedule. It’s a constant. I, like others, waste so much time worrying about what happened yesterday. Worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow and all the things in between. Am I going to lose […]

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Finalist: Julie DeMarco

I can say with certainty that it started the day I packed up my jean jumper and got a haircut. I was never going to have a long braid and look adorable in that jumper. Damn Hope from Thirtysomething. I blame her. The next step was admitting, to myself, that it was pretty ridiculous to return a perfectly adorable play […]

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Demystifying Dad

For years I struggled with how to befriend my father as if he were just a peer, just a normal person. But there is something silent and mysterious and austere about fathers, even the ones (like mine) who are funny, happy, mostly forthcoming guys. In 2004 I had been living in a different city from my parents for seven years […]

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Heartbreak Serenade

I come from a family of four children: a constellation of daughters born first, three years separating each one from the next, enough years to harden us into being inventions of our owns. And then this boy, gentler than any of us. My brother John was twelve when he had his first heartbreak. I was twenty; I had already had […]

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Great Guest-spectations

Long before I decided to have children, Hope Davis gave me advice in case I ever did: “Leave the dishes in the sink, and get on the floor and play with them!” I took her advice as gospel … until I had a child. These days I am not always as present as I wish to be. Often, both as […]

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