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Maria’s Musings & Advice: Mind your own body

By on Oct 4, 2017 in Advice | 2 comments

Dear Maria, It needs to be socially understood that it is not acceptable to comment on someone else’s body. Recently I’ve heard things like, “Do you ever eat?” or “Take some of my fat! You’re so skinny you could probably lose it in a week!” I am aware that these are intended to be...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Baseball Buddha

By on Jul 6, 2017 in Maria's Blog | 0 comments

To field a ground ball must be considered a generous act… This bit of wisdom, gleaned from baseball, is from Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, a novel which features a ballplayer’s bible by the same name. The main character, Henry Skrimshander, is a college shortstop, whose weather-beaten copy of “The Art of Fielding” is his most...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Now I Know

By on Jun 23, 2017 in Advice | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I just found out that a family friend has been lying to us about his age. During a visit home, a mutual friend told me that she suspects that he is older than he appears. (I think she has a thing for him, too.)  I was at his apartment, and looked in his wallet to check his age. She was right. Why do you think someone...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Volunteer Quandry

By on Jun 2, 2017 in Advice | 10 comments

Dear Maria, I volunteer, along with my husband, during a monthly support group. The children ages 5 to 12 stay with us and have a pizza party and we have an activity every month. The parents go to a support group for their trangendered children. Some of my friends support us. Another friend, along with my pastor, says to leave this...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Mama ain’t into tats

By on May 26, 2017 in Advice, Moms | 6 comments

Dear Maria, Ugh! My daughter just got a tattoo. Throughout her teens, she talked about wanting to get a tattoo, and I never gave her permission. Now that she’s of age, she’s gone and done it. I can’t say that I’m happy about it! Tattoos always meant criminal or low class people to me. Does that make my daughter one? I guess I can...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: I’m just trying to help

By on May 19, 2017 in Advice | 6 comments

Dear Maria, You are a strong woman who offers so much to others, but what do you do when you need support? It is often tough to ask for help or confide in people when you want to be seen as that strong person who always wants to help others. Signed, Sleepless in St. Louis Dear Sleepless in St. Louis, Thanks for your kind words. I...