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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


Twenty-Five Reasons Moms Need Camp

Friday, July 28, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
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 (3)
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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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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Dear NC Department of Instruction,

Friday, June 09, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Dear NC Department of Instruction,

It's me, again. Were you hoping I would go away? Well, I am a special needs mama after all and summer break starts today, so I've got nothing but time. What are your plans this summer? Will you examine your role in the future of NC's children? Maybe not. After all, it's not easy to admit you support the mistreatment of children. Perhaps mistreatment is too strong of a flavor for your errant policies, but I don't think so. You see, I've talked to families and teachers and heard thei ..

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Dear Middle School,

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Dear Middle School,

You're a Title One school in Eastern NC and your students are some of the neediest in our state. My four children go to Title 1 schools too, though we haven't crossed the divide into middle school yet. Your school is located in the town where I grew up and, well, it hit too close to home. Today, you piled one hundred children into two buses and headed to King's Dominion for the day, all expenses paid. The requirement for admission? Kids scored between a 3 and 5 on the EOGs (end of  ..

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