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Tales Of An Educated Debutante

on life, loss and the joy that rules the day.


 
 
 
 
 




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

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


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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Dear United States Senate,

Monday, July 03, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Dear United States Senate,

It seems only fitting to make a final plea on the eve of July the fourth. Abraham Lincoln asserted, "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." I'm no scholar when it comes to history, but I'll tell you what it means to me. Your position as Senators travels with power and your people, we believe in you. You, too, want our nation to be incredible and so, you've been placed by the people and given our trust. Trust. We observe from the s ..

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Faces of Medicaid in North Carolina

Sunday, July 02, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Faces of Medicaid in North Carolina

This is the tale of one hundred children who depend on Medicaid in one way or another, whether as primary or secondary insurance or to subsidize school based therapies (speech, occupational, and physical therapies.) Read their stories. Evelyn 8 months old, only child so far, Turner syndrome, Medicaid (therapies and specialists), very strong girl. Evelyn. Miles Age 1, developmental delay, Medicaid (nursing, respite, therapy), expresses tremendous love for his family. Cha ..

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The Family

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
The Family

Once upon a time, there was a lovely family. A mother, a father, a son, and a daughter. The mother and father were raised in Ohio and children of educators and government employees. Middle class families, hard working, loving and life, though not always easy, was marked by grace. They married, moved to North Carolina, where their life was idyllic, in appearance and form: a boy and a girl, a nice home, a successful business and good health. Quite a rare treasure indeed and then one day,  ..

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Dear Richard,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Dear Richard,

I hope it's okay if I call you by your first name. After all, you are one of my senators and not that it seems to matter, but I voted for you. Thanks for your update on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act." Your pal Thom Tillis gets no credit for information dissemination, but at least he's not a liar. Does that sound caustic? My mother always said you attract more bees with honey, but I call bullshit, especially when it's offered on a silver platter. You present a beautiful plan, reall ..

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Camp Musings

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Camp Musings

1. Does anyone actually own 14 pairs of shorts? 2. Three sets of sheets lasts six months at our house. 3. My children have never used a washcloth. 4. Why has no one invented a toothbrush with toothpaste inside? 5. I still have leftover stamped stationary from last year, so that's a plus. 6. Three children going to camp means that their grandparents could have sent me to Europe and left kids at home with a babysitter. 7. I hope it's not a problem that my  ..

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Ten Clues Summer Has Arrived

Monday, June 12, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Ten Clues Summer Has Arrived

1. Last day of school picture is terrible. No new anything and people fighting while using creative renditions of the f word. 2. I'm cursing at the children. FYI, I don't use the f word though. 3. No one has bathed in a good five days. Wet wipes are suffice. 4. I woke up and did not pack one frickin' lunchbox. Sunscreen application has replaced that duty. 5. My healthy eating regimen lasted 12 hours. It began after Pizza Inn last night and ended ..

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To the Mama Who Is New to the Special Needs Club

Sunday, June 11, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (3)
To the Mama Who Is New to the Special Needs Club

I was you. I wasn't one of those amazing people who intentionally adopt a child with special needs. I admired such selflessness from afar. My neat and tidy family was easy and I was relieved that everyone was born "perfect." It wasn't until baby number four, that I became a member of the club that I wouldn't have sought entry. It's been over a year now that my mind and heart began to acknowledge that my Amos wasn't just one of the gang as his catching up seemed more and more unlikely. A ..

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