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Shel

Shel
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Shel is married to a handsome dare devil of a man, the mother of 3 beautiful & independent girls, a retired fire lieutenant, current disaster responder & international aid team leader. She spends her spare time coaching volleyball & teaching at the local UW and technical college on a variety of topics from pre-hospital medicine to surviving the zombie apocalypse. She is a prolific reader and seldom forgets a useless piece of information...only the important stuff.

Being a Firefighter and a Mom on September 11th

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I am a firefighter, retired now after 22 years, but still a firefighter at heart. And I am a mom. A mom who had to explain to her daughters the dangers of being a...

Growing Up: We Knew This Day Was Coming And Just Like That She Was...

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We knew this day was coming. Our daughter had been growing up. It had been a senior year of last games and concerts, last conferences, and awards nights. But, it happened just like the...

The Harley Davidson Museum: Something for Everyone

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We are enormous fans of the Harley Davidson Museum. In complete disclosure, my husband is a gear head, and everyone in our family has learned to ride a motorcycle at some point. With a...

Puppies and Kittens Are Forever, Not Just For Christmas

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Christmas and the holidays are coming and what better gift than a puppy or a kitten. Nothing matches the reaction of a child who longed for a puppy or a kitten and is given one....

Memory Loss: The Heart Remembers What the Mind Cannot

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My father has memory loss. Some days are better than others and some days he does not know who I am. It can be heartbreaking. I know it was for my youngest daughter. She was...
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“With Our Luck, It Will Be Another Girl”

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I saw a cutie pie and her momma in the Denver airport a few weeks ago. Something about this princess reminded me a bit of my daughters twenty years ago when they would get...

Strong and Resilient:: A Letter to My Daughter in the Army

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This letter on resiliency was sent to the author's youngest daughter at the start of 20 weeks of Army training. Basic Training is daunting and her daughter was doubting her strength to finish. The...

It Might Not Spark Joy, But I Have Hope:: Why I Am a Marie...

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I absolutely love the idea of cleaning house with Marie Kondo and finding my joy. Even if it is the joy of an uncluttered home. However, I am a Kondo failure. After fifteen years...
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Three Tips on How to Fight With Your Significant Other

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My husband and I have known each other for over thirty years. People think we don't fight. Our marriage IS great, but despite what people think, we fight. We just fight differently. And we...
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Basic Rules on How to Fight with Your Significant Other

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In "Three Tips on How to Fight With Your Significant Other,"  I shared basic strategies for approaching and thinking about conflict with our SO. Great, maybe tips on how to fight is enough. Maybe it...