Amelia Mansfield

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Thinking About the Girls Who Went Away: An Adoption Story

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I finally had some spare time to read for fun the summer that I finished graduate school. I walked through the doors of the public library and literally into a display of the librarian’s...
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Minimizing the Mess: One Mom’s Approach

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Long before TLC’s “Hoarders”, “Eat Pray Love”, and the Konmari Method, I found myself minimizing the mess in my life. At first, it was out of necessity. I moved 6 times in 18 months....

City Planning Day in Home School

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Fall is that time of year when we all look forward to flannel shirts, pumpkin everything, and City Planning Day in School! Okay, maybe it’s just me who looks forward to flannel shirts. I am...
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Making the Case for Advanced Maternal Age

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My parents were 33 and 40 years old when I – their first and only child – came along. They were of advanced parental age. I was always the kid with the older parents....