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Author M.J. Pullen blogs with humor about her life as a writer and working mom raising two padawans with her own personal Mr. Darcy.

Well, I did it. Two weeks ago I took myself out of the running for an amazing training and development job, before the third round of interviews. The job was everything my Day Job Self was looking for: exciting, challenging, learning-focused. I’d have been working in a company known for its amazing corporate culture on  […]

As I was putting the boys in their green clothes this morning, and preparing the ‘traditional’ Irish green smoothie for breakfast, I thought back to the trip Hubs and I took to Ireland in 2008. It was the year before Skywalker was born: sort of a last pre-kids hurrah, and a celebration of my graduation with  […]

Note: this post started as a status update on my personal Facebook page, but I decided to share it here as well. I mean, it’s 800 words long. There has to be something worth sharing in there, right? May you find your “JT Moment” this week, too. 🙂 ******* I am supposed to be writing  […]

Can I be honest? As I sit down to bid farewell to 2016, what I feel the most is… exhausted. This has been a hard year for the collective “us” in so many ways: Brexit, the horrors of civil war in Syria, attempted coup in Turkey  the U.S. presidential election (not to mention the fallout of that  […]

(One Working Mom’s Perspective) Yeah. This post pretty much makes me the anti-Robert Fulghum. But here goes. A few weeks ago, some friends of mine, with their first kids starting Kindergarten this month, asked me and another “veteran” elementary school mom what they should expect from their little ones’ first foray into big kid school. The other  […]

And from the shelter of my mind Through the window of my eyes I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets To England where my heart lies. From “Kathy’s Song” by Paul Simon Okay, my heart is actually in Roswell, Georgia, or wherever Hubs and my boys happen to be. But I love that song so much, and  […]

(Little League Baseball: A Love Story, Part 2) Last Saturday was the end of Skywalker’s first full season of little league baseball. His cute little team struggled all season long, with lots of losses and a few scattered wins. At the beginning of the season, many of them weren’t sure how to hold the bat,  […]

I imagine it’s always emotional going back to a place where you spent a healthy portion of your childhood. Especially when you have been away for a long time, and more especially when you have a long, hard history there. That’s how I feel about our family’s (former) farm in rural South Georgia between Pelham and  […]

You know those days? The ones where you are late for everything and your better half is massively helping but he’s late for everything too, and your energy is pulled in a thousand different directions and you’re questioning your sanity for trying to have two jobs and raise two kids and, incidentally, wondering who the  […]