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Sandy Hoban


Sandy Hoban is a longtime educator, writer, wife and mother extraordinaire. If she’s not absorbed in a book, you might see Sandy out hiking the local trails or dancing to some live music. While a mountain mama at the core, she was born and raised a Jersey girl which has influenced the humorous and uplifting nature of her personal narratives. You can reach Sandy at


Teach a Man to Fish

My teenagers remind me on a daily basis that my overly nurturing ways are no longer necessary. I get it. I know. This is the natural cycle of things. Yet, as much as I find this release of responsibility freeing, I’m left with a hole I’ve been trying to fill....

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Spontaneity: the act of doing without much forethought. For the type A brain, this can cause some serious heart palpitations and likely a forehead full of sweat. It’s happened to all of us—you’re hanging out with a friend, discussing the mundane routine of life, work,...

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CEO of Child and Household Affairs

Wanted: Motivated couple (or individual) to commit their entire lives to one job that is extremely demanding, intermittently rewarding, draining of all money/energy and provides little to no breaks. Salary: $000,000 per year. Interested? Call 1-800-Parenthood. As a...

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Is the Grass Greener?

Mountain “spring” carries many falsehoods, the main one being that it is actually spring—that time of the year when sweet birds chirp proudly, the deck furniture gets dusted off, and conceivably one can count on the days getting warmer. So is not the case in the...

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Coca-Cola Slurpees

Oh, the things we’ll never know as parents! My first true sense of freedom included a Coca Cola Slurpee in hand, windows down, blaring ’80s tunes. I cruised down I-80 like a boss with a glossy new driver’s license in hand. On that day, I launched into the world, I was...

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Zoom Doom

Our professor smiles and waves, we all wave back. My graduate Creative Nonfiction writing class is underway. I find myself in the exact same predicament my kids complain about daily—Zoom school. I thought they were exaggerating. I convinced myself it was just...

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Smuggling Precious Cargo

I never expected to have 11 new roommates in my home office. It all started quite innocently, really. I was curled up on my couch, bored with my book, done with TV, and wondering how I could make some kind of difference in this world... how could I pay something...

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I’m alone... I’m alone! Is it just me or does being alone feel like winning the lottery? Like one of those gifts that causes squeaks and giggles? When I share with my mom friends that everyone is out of the house, their faces light up as they understand the glory and...

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When COVID Knocks

Like a creeping beast, the virus sneaks in. First, a slight nagging headache, then, incessant lion yawns trick me into thinking my workout was too rough that morning. Sleep greets me earlier than usual and I welcome it with open arms. I’m forced awake by sharp aches...

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Domesticating Woodrow

I own a $15,000 dog. His name is Woodrow (aka Woody) and he’s an 8-year-old mutt we rescued through Evergreen Animal Protection League (EAPL). But if you ask him, he never needed rescuing. Actually, I have often wondered if this dog was meant to stay with us. He’s as...

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After Dinner Drive

Sometimes, life goes on autopilot, a veritable cruise control. Same stuff, different day. Such was the case on the evening my husband and I took a classic “after dinner drive.” We both felt a little low, be it monotony of life, tough work week, politics, riots, fires,...

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The ABCs of Renovating

It is often said that boredom is the birthplace of creativity and productivity. During the first few weeks of Covid captivity, my family and I worked on superficial, cosmetic chores like organizing our rooms, closets and cars to pass the time. During the next phase of...

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