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Liesl Testwuide
Navigating life's twists, turns and inevitable changes.
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Welcome to a guided meditation for visiting your folks in Florida. First, find a quiet space where you can have a few minutes of privacy: a guest room, your father's recliner (is he raking the gravel again?), your mom's crafting room (perhaps she's watching Matlock), or the davenport if they're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Thanks Kathie- I agree that would be wonderful! Merry Christmas!
Oh my gosh! Blast from the past! Great to hear from you! Merry Christmas!
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Dear kids, I know you're excited. You've been awake since 5:55 AM. I tried my hardest not to hear you playing Minecraft on the floor outside my bedroom. Thank you for not opening my door until the sun came up. In a few moments, you'll open your Christmas gifts. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Thank you, Jodi! We all can use a little more laughter. I appreciate the compliment!
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2017 on Soccer Mom on Steroids at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Every week my 70+ year-old mother learns how to do something new on her smartphone. She's figured out how to add several emojis in her texts to the grandkids. She can play Solitaire any time, any place. And, she can check her AOL email account whenever she wants. Most recently... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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As Big Ben and I walked along the river's boardwalk recently, I caught a glimpse of a little girl waving and pointing in our direction. She had just come out of the ice cream parlor and gripped her overflowing waffle cone tightly with both hands. Smart girl. "Hey!" she shouted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Remember that old Dan Fogelberg song? When he runs into his old girlfriend on Christmas Eve? Met my old lover in the grocery store. The snow was falling, Christmas Eve. This just happened to me. Well, sort of. Granted, it wasn't Christmas Eve. I wasn't in the frozen food section... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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I woke up this morning and realized my three sons are on three different continents. I shuffled out of bed, let the dogs out, and sat on the lawn. It was eerily quiet. Signs of the boys were everywhere: an arrow stuck in the lawn which had missed its target... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Last night while I was drying dishes, my youngest son, "Dubya" (yep, his middle initial is really W) asked, "Mom, what's a common denominator?" I said, "You know my specialties: creating big hair, choosing slimming foundations, and knowing the correct order to use your forks and spoons in fancy restaurants.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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I've witnessed some incredible Heathrow Moments in my life. They occur when I'm alone in an airport, waiting for a flight. Most often I'm surrounded by crumpled napkins, a slice of pizza and a glossy magazine filled with shock and awe: celebs wearing no make up. And then it happens.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Labor Day weekend, the last glimpse of summer, is right around the corner. For control freaks like me, Labor Day weekend actually requires a great deal of labor to appear labor-less for the broods we love. It's an iconic American holiday marking the end of summer, so there’s serious pressure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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My mother and I were born opposites. She's a Felix and I'm an Oscar. She's OCD. I'm ADD. Her passport is filed under "P" and mine...well, mine is around here somewhere. Growing up, I'd purposely do the opposite of what Mom suggested. If she said, "Boy Liesl, your natural hair... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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I'm excited to announce I'll be performing May 16, 2015 at the Lakeland College Movers & Shakers Gala. This year's gala will feature three stages to accommodate an exciting and diverse group of area performers including a solo pianist, live bands, speed painting, dance crews, drum line, a comedy singing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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It's a bad sign when I'm on a date and I miss my dog. If I look forward to drooly, droopy jowls, rather than Mr. Comb-over's kiss, it's time to call a cab. Don't get me wrong, I love men. It's just that in a lot of cases, I love... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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My middle child was on a rant. "No one likes the middle, Mom. No one ever calls the middle seat, especially on the Scrambler. No one wants a middle piece of cake. They want side pieces, the ones with all the frosting. Even you said you don't like the middle,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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I had good intentions for my New Year's resolution. Really good intentions. As a single mom, four years post-divorce, it's time to get back on the proverbial horse. Call it a horse, a rooster or whatever you choose, but it's time for me to get on something. I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Dear kids, I know you're excited. You've been awake since 5:55 AM. I tried my hardest not to hear you playing Minecraft on the floor outside my bedroom. Thank you for not opening my door until it was light outside. In a few moments, you'll open your Christmas gifts. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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I've witnessed some incredible Heathrow Moments in my life. They occur when I'm alone in an airport, waiting for a flight. Most often I'm surrounded by crumpled napkins, a slice of pizza slice and a glossy magazine filled with shock and awe: celebs wearing no make up. And then it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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When I noticed the incoming call from our elementary school, I knew I had to take it. But I never have the guts to answer on the first ring when school calls. I immediately have to take several deep breaths and then mentally run through worst case scenarios. "Your son... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Although I consider myself an expert in many areas of parenting, like how to maximize the longevity of boxer shorts or use a double dose of cough syrup for any ailment, I have exceptional authority on long-distance travel with boys. Summer has arrived and families are loading up to hit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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As Mother's Day approaches, I can't help but think back to all the interesting gifts I've received from my three sons throughout the years. I fondly recall getting a bean plant in a Dixie cup. One fragile, hopeful stalk, reinforced (suffocated) by Scotch tape. A couple years later, I was... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Last week I wrote about 234 Nigerian girls who had been kidnaped from their boarding school in Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The mainstream media was slow to cover the story, but with pressure from the forces of social media (#BringBackOurGirls) and alternate news outlets, the world continues... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Today I returned to the Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop in Dayton, OH. I came to the three-day conference in 2012 before I started writing Hairpin Turns Ahead. Two years ago, sitting in that first session, I remember thinking, This is where I belong. Today I arrived in Dayton, two years... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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Last week my 11 year-old son curled up beside me and said, "I'm really feeling like the middle child. It's Eli's birthday and Augie won that contest. I'm just kinda here...taking up space in the middle." So this little diddy... this one's for him. You're The Good Stuff You're my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
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