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The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


A College Essay

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A College Essay

"Come On, Amos! You can do it!” In that moment, I had a glimpse of what could have been- the summer I had planned. Me, a junior sailing counselor at a camp that I had attended every summer since I was 6 years old. My plan for as long as I can remember, but I didn't get the job. Instead, I accepted a nanny position for four children, ages 3-11, and here I was, staring into the blue eyes of a 3-year-old with white blond hair and begging him to poop. Amos is not just any 3-year-o ..

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I Hate Politics

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
I Hate Politics

I just don't get it. The thoughts I share are born from my mind and heart, not spawned from allegiance to or disdain of a particular leader. Then again, we arrive to this place of adulthood, each laden with our own baggage, a quite personal set of suitcases. Our suitcases are often heavy, filled with tales that may include wealth and privilege or a childhood spent sleeping on a cold floor, hard working parents or those who were raised by relatives, parents battling their own demons ..

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Dear Liz the Librarian

Saturday, September 30, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear Liz the Librarian

I was interested to hear your story of unrequited love at Cambridgeport Elementary School. To commemorate National Read a Book Day, First Lady Melania Trump sent one school in every state a parcel of ten books by Dr. Seuss, along with a letter she penned in which she detailed reading “Oh, the Places You'll Go” with her now 11 year old son Barron. Easy peasy, a simple gift. You’re quite a librarian, named Hero of Family Outreach in 2017 by the School Library Journal. Clearly, you ha ..

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Ten Parenting Hacks for A Good School Year

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Ten Parenting Hacks for A Good School Year

Considering teacher letters were delivered in our small town today, I'm sharing my best hacks to ensure a great year. 1. Do not complain about who your child has gotten for a teacher. Be willing to give said person a fair shake, no calling the principal or other administrator and no Facebook rants. Absolutely no exceptions. 2. Email your child’s teacher and introduce yourself. It is good manners to say hello and tell them you're excited for the school year. 3. As ..

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A Letter to the Perfect Moms

Thursday, August 03, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
A Letter to the Perfect Moms

You people are wearing me out. Not just me, but all of us, as in all the moms out there who just tell it like it is. It’s called being real and honest and yes, the truth really does set you free. Have I peaked your interest? How can I convince you to cross over to the other side? Please, lay down your social media magic wands and get moving. Don't act all innocent, you know of what I speak. Those perfect photographs, the mouths open in laughter, the smartly coifed children, all of  ..

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Twenty-Five Reasons Moms Need Camp

Friday, July 28, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Twenty-Five Reasons Moms Need Camp

1. Camp would be a vacation. Even fat camp sounds fun, all that sleep and exercise with no planning on our part. 2. No cars allowed. No errands, no carpool, no grocery store, no limit to alcohol consumption. 3. You could register for activities like: Put the School Calendar In Your Phone or Sorting One Million Pictures. 4. People spray you with sunscreen. Yep, just stand there like you're going through security. 5. No cooking. Not one bit, unless you ..

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Love Myself

Thursday, July 13, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (3)
Love Myself

Are you going swimming? Where is your shirt? The questions of my daughter. She turns eight on Sunday and she only knows a mother that swims in a shirt. When had I become that person? You haven't worn a bikini top in twenty something years. Why not? Your stomach hasn't seen the light of day since you were thirty thirty pounds lighter. Why not? You used to be so confident, I tell myself. I used to love myself. Why does it matter? Does it even matter? Who cares?  ..

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Dear Teen Vogue,

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (4)
Dear Teen Vogue,

Your magazine professes to share topics related to, "fashion, beauty, & entertainment news." You can imagine my surprise when I ran across your article entitled, "A Guide to Anal Sex." I've taken the liberty of articulating my concerns regarding your suggestions. The author, told me that "this article is purely educational and seeks to inform." Does it? 1. Your claim: This is anal 101 for teens. As an educator, I value the dissemination of information, especially targeted fo ..

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A Letter to My Daughter

Monday, July 10, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
A Letter to My Daughter

You roam around the house in your big girl underpants, baggy legs and all. You have the confidence of a supermodel as you bolt around the upstairs with your three brothers, sharing the tub or dancing stark naked. The sunbeams your self radiates leave me breathless with joy and I long to encase your thoughtful perfection. "It's not fair!", you said, scowling in the mirror. Your dear friend shared that she weighed 40 pounds and that you did not. The accusation left you ripe with anger ..

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Finding Amelia

Thursday, July 06, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Finding Amelia

When I was a little girl, I wondered many a time what had happened to the brave girl pilot? High above the billowing clouds, I would look and squint from my own small square window and imagine she had escaped the world, rather than drowned in the sea. Escaped perhaps, but the dream appears to have ended there. She was just 39 years old when her plane disappeared off the map and five months later she was declared deceased. She was the girl from Kansas, second of three children (the  ..

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