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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 nat,ure of her personal narratives. You can reach Sandy at


Creak, Crackle, Pop

I’m beginning to recognize the subtle signs of aging in myself. For so long, I swept the annoying creaks and aches that accompanied my 40s under the carpet. Now, as I reach the latter part of these years, that carpet is beginning to swell with a slew of other fun...

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Sorry, Not Sorry

They say it takes 21 days to establish a new routine or habit. Typically, this applies to reducing sugar intake, biting nails or starting a new exercise routine. What about doing something for 19 years? Has anyone ever discussed how difficult it is to stop doing...

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After having hosted every single themed birthday celebration for my two kids, from Elmo to paint ball, I find myself ill prepared to give up on the excitement that comes with an upcoming birthday. While my older teenage children are past the themed birthday stage, I’m...

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But Wait! There’s More…!

I had a total of 32 hours to myself recently because my husband brought my teenage son with him on an overnight business trip and my daughter is off at college. I suppose you could really call it 21 hours due to the 11 hours spent sleeping. This is only because I...

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Phenomenal Women

Chocolate and decadent meals are typically the focus at this time of the year. If not to celebrate Valentine’s Day, then to self-medicate against the “winter blues.” Ironically, at the same time, social media and advertising campaigns remind us that spring is around...

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The Trail

“ ...the woman was viscerally connected to the trail for more reasons than she could explain.”A mostly true story inspired by the following excerpt from Philip Levine’s poem “A Story:” a mother who stoodat the sink at all hoursand gazed longinglyto where the woods...

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Hurling Gifts

"How could Santa get gifts down here?!"“Let’s wait for Sandy Lee to do her business before we open any presents,” my mom would say after seeing my pale green face. From as early as I can remember, until I was about 8 years old, I would vomit every Christmas morning....

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Mask Musings

Unless you’re prepared for flying mashed potatoes and/or red faces with raised voices, I recommend not broaching the topic of mask mandates at your Thanksgiving table. For some reason, the topic seems to draw a visceral response from just about everyone. But let’s...

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Selective Speaking

The difference between the sense of hearing and the skill of listening is attention.  —Emily Vizzo I lost my voice recently due to a common cold. The first night it happened, we were having people over for dinner and a bonfire. I didn’t cancel because I felt fine, but...

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Winging It

Wave after wave laps the shore as I recline for another afternoon nap under the shade of a palm tree on Waikiki beach, essentially the home of my firstborn for the next four years. There are definitely some college perks I’m thoroughly enjoying! Thanks to WUE, the...

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For the Love of the French Fry

If you dislike French fries, you can stop reading now and we can no longer be friends. Sorry... it was nice knowing you. My evening of co-ed softball ran late. Earlier, via text, I had declared to my family that it was a YOYO dinner night (you’re on your own). I...

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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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