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Occasionally life takes a detour


My college graduation is this Saturday. I finished my master’s degree at Central Michigan University, and the commencement ceremony is set for 1 p.m. When I started working on this degree, I envisioned wearing the cap and gown and the very awesome-looking stole that drapes around your neck and down your back. I had waited until my five children were […]

Parental expectations: when enough is enough


I t’s a big year in the Button house with our daughter graduating from college and our youngest son graduating from high school in the next few weeks. There are conversations, all of which boil down to a single question: “So, what’s next?” My children’s answers reflect the fact that they are taking their lives into their own hands. Kristina […]


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