Jen

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Date registered: September 17, 2011
URL: http://www.jennifermcgrail.com

Biography

Arizona

Latest posts

  1. I Won’t Throw Stones… Unless You’re LGBT — May 25, 2015
  2. Behind the Waterfall: How Meditation Keeps Me Sane — May 7, 2015
  3. Behind the Waterfall: Meditation for Beginners — May 7, 2015
  4. Eleven Years — May 2, 2015
  5. I AM That Boy in Baltimore — April 30, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. ‘Happy Holidays’ and other four letter words — 333 comments
  2. Why My Kids Will Never Be Socialized — 214 comments
  3. I stole your stuff. Now I’m holding it for ransom. — 155 comments
  4. Not my idea of a hero — 153 comments
  5. Six Things My Kids Are Allowed to Say to Adults — 103 comments

Author's posts listings

May 25

I Won’t Throw Stones… Unless You’re LGBT

Two fast points right off the top:  This is going to be long.  This post was originally going to be about something else. The whole thing started with Bruce Jenner.  He had just done his interview with Diane Sawyer in which he discussed his transition from male to female.  I didn’t watch the interview, for …

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May 07

Behind the Waterfall: How Meditation Keeps Me Sane

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I’ve had a stressful week. To be honest, any week that finds me doing a lot of running around and/or socializing is at least a little bit stressful… but a week that finds me doing a lot of running around and/or socializing and dealing with unpleasantness? Those are the weeks that do me in. Monday …

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May 07

Behind the Waterfall: Meditation for Beginners

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(This post is the second of two about meditation.  Want to know why I meditate?  And what it’s got to do with a waterfall? Start here.) So you want to learn to meditate?  Awesome!  While a quick Google would yield you pages and pages of results instructing you how to get started, I tend to …

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May 02

Eleven Years

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To Everett, one of the most kind-hearted, giving, energetic, creative, beautiful souls I know. Your love of your family and your friends and your animals and of LIFE inspires me.  Thank you, for making me smile every day for the past eleven years.  Thank you for letting me be your mom.  Thank you, for being …

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Apr 30

I AM That Boy in Baltimore

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This post was written by a dear friend of mine who wished to remain anonymous.  I don’t think we can ask for a more powerful reminder not to make assumptions, and to have compassion for all.  This “You’re so judgmental” knee-jerk reaction has GOT TO STOP.  We need to stop. Listen. HEAR people.  Really see …

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Apr 29

Violence for Violence: A Mom’s Turmoil in Baltimore

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I was not going to write about Baltimore, even in passing.  That’s the first thing you need to know.  I think that the post I wrote about Ferguson (and still stand by) captures my feelings about Baltimore as well.  Then yesterday, I gave my opinion about the mom – you’ve all read about this mom, …

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Apr 28

A Speck on the Earth

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  I heard a sermon once – and I sadly completely forget the context – in which the pastor was trying to relay how very tiny and insignificant we really are.  The earth is but a tiny part of a vast, vast universe.  Your continent is but a tiny part of the earth.  Your country… …

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Apr 19

Six Things My Kids Are Allowed to Say to Adults

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There’s a blog post out there garnering a lot of attention titled 6 Things My Kids Aren’t Allowed to Say to Adults. After seeing it come through my Facebook newsfeed for the 27th time, I finally took a look.  Then I took another look. Then another.  Interestingly, each time I read it (3 times in …

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Apr 06

Do-Overs

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  I’m not personally really big on video games, but my kids are all passionate players of video games of all kinds. One of the things I like about video games is that the game is never truly over.  If you’re killed, you’ve often got another life in your queue.  Even if you’ve used up …

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Apr 02

Q & A Video: How Do Unschoolers Get Into College?

A new video for you guys, answering a very common question. For more of what I talked about at the end, read this post. Also, my nails are really bright. My daughter picked the color

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