A FOURTH TO REMEMBER

“A FOURTH TO REMEMBER” By Jennifer Rawlings   I LOVE the 4th of July. Just like Thanksgiving everyone is invited to the party regardless of religion. 1976 Bicentennial year- that was the grand poo- bah of all 4th of July’s . I was in elementary school. Busy learning fractions and state capitols. After school I Read More …

FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE DAYS OF COMEY

FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE DAYS OF COMEY BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS Like 20 million others I got up early to watch the Comey testimony on Thursday. I was glued to every single world. Two things stood out to me – as a mother of five and a wife. When I ask everyone else to leave the Read More …

BROKERS OF PEACE

Brokers of Peace- By Jennifer Rawlings 4:35am -I can’t sleep. It’s not a hot flash, it’s a broken heart. Another terrorist attack this time in London. Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation , especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims” In the last two weeks dozens of terrorist Read More …

“Making Sandwiches…a remembrance of September 11th”

“MAKING SANDWICHES” By Jennifer Rawlings Sherman Oaks , California September 2001 5:45 am- Drats- I hate getting up this early. Can I push the snooze button for another three hours? Maybe the kids don’t need to go to the second day of school…..maybe…..oh whatever…I’ll get up and make the kids lunches. The house is quiet. Read More …

DRIVING WITH THEIR FEET

DRIVING WITH THEIR FEET By Jennifer Rawlings When my son Noah was little he loved to play bumper cars in his Little Tikes cozy coupe with the bright yellow roof and red doors. He would head down the driveway full blast into his brother Joshua who was busy tilling the cul-de-sac in his Little Tikes Read More …

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO ( plus three days)

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO ( PLUS THREE DAYS) BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS I have given birth to four fabulous children, and I often joke about that the fact that the experience I had while  giving birth to them is permanently reflected in their personalities. Courtney was so big when she was born that she broke my tailbone. Read More …

WAIVING GOODBYE TO IRAQ

WAIVING GOODBYE TO IRAQ BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS     Soldiers in Iraq are packing up their rucksacks, turning in their Kevlar and helmets, cleaning their guns, and piling into C-130 aircrafts to fly home. On the long flight home many of the soldiers will pass the time on the flight talking about all the things Read More …

THE GENERAL, THE PRIVATE, AND THE FAST-FOOD

BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS ( originally published in Change.org) THE GENERAL, THE PRIVATES AND THE FAST FOOD BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS I love American soldiers. I hate war, but I love the men and woman in uniform. American soldiers come from all walks of life and many of them dedicate their lives to the service of others. Read More …

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF MOTHERHOOD

THE HIGH AND LOWS OF MOTHERHOOD BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS ( originally published in Hybridmom.com) A few years ago, we started a dinnertime tradition at our house called “Highs and Lows”. I stole this ritual from my friends Alex and Jennifer who live in Northern California. “Highs and Lows” involves going around the table one at Read More …