Parenting & Beyond

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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


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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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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