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This summer I’ve had a few requests for rainbow-colored hair from my kids friends. I don’t work in the cosmetology field as I’m allergic to 80% of the products. However, I do periodically help my friends and family with a new cut or color as my schedule allows. Personally, I can’t stand the idea of rainbow-colored hair. But I love the Moms who do their best to give kids agency. Agency, the capacity to make choices. Parenting is quite a hard-line to walk. We desire to give kids a deep sense of security and identity. Security walks the line between...



I work at home so spend a lot of time maintaining the space.  I also have three boys, almost men, in-house.  Perpetual rearranging is an essential activity. Last week’s project was to remove an old desk that was attached to the wall. It was too bulky for the current needs. Sadly, where I thought the two-by-twos were nailed up, they were screwed into the wall. Choice words were thrown my way when I cried for help from one available teen. “Bleep, bleep, bleep, Mom, what have you done now?” Once we got it all down, there were serious holes in...


All who Wonder are not Lost

Here at Open Wound the inherent value and absolute uniqueness of each individual is a high priority. However, believing in that will not stop me from being pissed off at any unique soul that acts like an asshat. It’s a paradox, I know. I’ve been vocal about how the expression “everything happens for a reason” gets on my last nerve. Yes, sometimes people suck, so I’ll buy that reason for certain outcomes. But that is not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about fatalism. Dictionary defined as the “belief that all events are pre-determined and therefore inevitable.”  Number one, if...