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Middle School Theatre Production
March 10, 2014 1:18 PM by Devon Alley
When I returned from my big conference in February, I was able to look forward to the middle school production of The Wizard of Oz, in which A. got to play the role of the Door Keeper. What door keeper, you might ask? The one who was at the gate to Oz, Read More...
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It's a Girl!
February 26, 2014 12:25 PM by Devon Alley
Life has been so incredibly busy and crazy these past few weeks that I've completely neglected to share the news we received back during the first week of February. Thomas and I will be bringing another girl into the family, and A. will have a little Read More...
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Our Whole Lives
January 15, 2014 12:04 PM by Devon Alley
I recently enrolled my daughter in the OWL program at my church, much to her dismay. This is not a topic she is particularly keen to discuss or even think about. Not only would she much rather be engaged in her preferred activities, and not only does Read More...
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Hope is the Thing with Feathers
December 18, 2013 9:12 AM by Devon Alley
This entry isn't about A., exactly. This entry is more about me, and about how 14 years of experience at being A.'s mother has really influenced the way I see things, now, and the way I move forward with my decisions and the direction of my life. For Read More...
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From the Archives: An Artist In Residence
May 28, 2013 3:17 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I explore my daughter's creative mind, and share some of her artistic creations. September 9th, 2006: In some ways, the similarities between my daughter and my own lonely seven-year-old self frighten me to no end. In others, Read More...
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From the Archives: Exploring Aachen, Berlin, the Eifel, and the North Sea
April 18, 2013 12:55 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, as we continued our summer trip to Germany, A. and I explored many different cities, and she even made a fast friend despite the language barrier. July 16th, 2006: I'm totally behind in relating my adventures, so I don't Read More...
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A. & The Flu
March 7, 2013 12:49 PM by Devon Alley
A. is in the process of recovering from the flu. For those of you who have followed this blog for a while now, it will probably not surprise you to learn that A. rarely gets sick. And for the rest of you who are familiar with teenagers in general, it Read More...
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Watching My Daughter Become A Teenager
April 23, 2012 11:59 AM by Devon Alley
I love my daughter because she's paranoid about missing her TCAPS. "I can't get sick," she says. "If I miss school, I'm screwed." I love my daughter because she fills her agenda with dramatic annotations: I love my daughter because she creates "remixes" Read More...
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Learning to Draw Manga
October 3, 2011 11:42 AM by Devon Alley
A couple of weeks ago, A. noticed that there were a couple of interesting books on our bookshelf. These books were ones that Thomas bought when he was in high school, a series of four, entitled "How to Draw Manga." A. took them off the shelf and started Read More...
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Wikipedia, Twitter, and Neil Patrick Harris
January 5, 2011 8:22 PM by Devon Alley
I think I may be fighting some sort of impending illness. Several people (including my direct manager) are sick at work, and I'm feeling rather under-the-weather tonight. I have several things that I want to write about, including a Long And Intricate Read More...
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