Through a child’s eyes…

January 19, 2015 0 Comments

Recently at school, my 1st-grade daughter, learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I wanted to bottle up what she said next. “Mommy, when Dr. King was a little boy, did you know that there were two other little boys who weren’t allowed to play with him anymore? All because Dr. King was a different […]

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It’s called RESPECT.

January 14, 2015 2 Comments

“Amanda, it’s clear you are in love with this joke of a President. You smile every time you say his name. You disgust me.” “Good grief Amanda, does your family know about your infatuation with the president?” Lovely posts that popped up while I was on-air today. Let me brief, yet clear.  I may or […]

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I’m a middle child…and I hated it.

January 12, 2015 0 Comments

I am a middle child and I hated it growing up.  Yes, I played the “middle-child syndrome” card A LOT during childhood. Not only did my older sister have all of the “firsts,” but my parents were just learning to be parents with her. Kind of like riding a bike with training wheels.  When I was […]

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Oh Christmas break…we survived

January 8, 2015 0 Comments

Christmas break proved one thing to me: I would be a lousy stay-at-home mom.  I have so many friends who stay-at-home and quite honestly, I feel compelled to give them a gift card for a weekend getaway to a spa. I don’t know how they do it.  There is absolutely NO break. No down time. […]

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Why? THIS is why…

December 17, 2014 0 Comments

By now it’s no secret that I will post or blog when I get a “nastygram.” I get some heat for doing that.  There are people who think that I am whining…trying to get attention…or fishing for compliments.  And I understand why it could be perceived that way…but that is not the case at all. […]

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She kissed a boy?!

December 10, 2014 0 Comments

We all know that I receive a “variety” of emails. But the one I got today. Well…I knew it was going to happen. And it knocked the wind right out of me.  It was from my daughter’s 1st grade teacher and it read: “There’s a chance Giana may have kissed a boy today…on the lips.” […]

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Where is the accountability?!??

December 9, 2014 0 Comments

I was recently asked, “When is it going to end? When is bullying going to end?” I got an instant knot in my stomach when I responded, “It won’t end.” You know why? Because there are too many people who refuse to admit that this is a problem.  There are too many people going through […]

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“You’re ( —— ).”

December 4, 2014 0 Comments

I called my house on my way home for dinner last night and my son immediately wanted to talk to me.  He was bawling…so much so he could barely talk.  You know how parents can decipher the cry? This one was a very sad…very hurt cry. I asked him, “Nico, what’s wrong?” He said, “Giana […]

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An apology…

November 25, 2014 0 Comments

“Dear Amanda, I owe you an apology regarding my comments on your blog regarding your hair and necklaces.  I apologize for my unkind remarks – ugly is such an ugly, terrible word! Sorry to have caused you any distress. I am sorry I don’t know what I was thinking. Please forgive me.  I just got […]

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November 21, 2014 0 Comments

I was in Cedar Rapids today to attend a naturalization ceremony.  Ironically, it’s the day after President Obama’s announcement that he is giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  I sat in the halls, waiting for the courtroom doors to open.  I saw people from all over the world…waiting…waiting to become citizens.  They were beaming […]

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