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Joelle Yamada

write from the Pacific Southwest.

My Daughter

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It was a two-for-one deal. The day I got married, I got a husband and a six-year-old daughter—instant wife and mother. It was rocky at …

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Coming to the Father

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Several years ago, Marine Major Brian Dennis befriended a dog during his patrols in Iraq. The dog, whom he named Nubs, had been purposefully abused …

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Too Much Screen Time

When I was almost 40 and had been married for nearly 10 years, with three preschoolers and a teenager, it dawned on me that I …

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The Accident

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One day, I almost killed my children. And I don’t mean that figuratively. While driving 65mph on a major freeway in Southern California, I failed …

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Scrapbooking

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I tried and failed at scrapbooking. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it and not that I didn’t buy all the supplies (yikes!), but I’m …

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Someone Important

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I used to be someone important. Formerly, I was a teacher educating a hundred kids each week. I loved my work. I loved the mentoring, …

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Havin’ a Hard Time

We’d had a fun weekend at the grandparent’s, but during the long drive home I heard a tired little voice from the backseat say, “I’m …

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