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Amie Beth Shaver: Planned Parenthood legacy

“There is only one thing I would like to be in touch with you about: the Negro Project of the South…We do not want word to go out that...

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Amie Beth Shaver: A bonfire and our fight for freedom

It was spring break. A few friends and I held a beach bonfire for our kids. Two hours, three pizzas, and a lot of s'mores later, Anthony,...

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Amie Beth Shaver: The Bench

Basketball fans, did you think your team would make it this far? Or were your brackets busted early? No matter what, there's something...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Blue Bloods and March Madness

"Do you know what happened?" It was Chris. I could not read his voice. I was at a volleyball tournament with Molly. I'd watched the...

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Amie Beth Shaver: When it comes to fixing the math problem, who is counting?

Raise your hand. Who struggled with math? I did. But I was never allowed to dumb it down. Were you? Of course not.  Because no one...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Refusing to be worn down

"We're monitoring the situation closely." That statement was of little comfort to Chris and me. Well. Me. Chris was cool. I, however,...

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Amie Beth Shaver: With SEL, parents aren't welcome

What's going on with our kids? And with schools? And with the mental health push coming from our state capital? Is it terrifying that...

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Amie Beth Shaver: How do we survive this wreck of Alabama education?

We came upon the accident in the middle of that recent weather event that hit the country in January, the result of what is known as...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Watching Super Bowl glitterati without masks; meanwhile in Alabama...

Moose, one of our bullmastiffs, got a bath the other day. Emmy scrubbed. I held the door. Moose saw me, a.k.a., “the lady who gives...

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Amie Beth Shaver: When every day feels like vertigo, it's time to make a stand

Remember your mother's vanity? The wonder that it was? The cotton balls, q-tips, and beauty products? Did she keep a cup right by the...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Stop regarding man, of what account is he? “I can't speak out. It wouldn't be nice." Or, "I can't argue. They're the authority. That's...

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Amie Beth Shaver: 'What are you looking at, ugly?'

The phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is a lie from the pit of hell. Can we please agree...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Dear Salt, thank you

"Mom. I think you should try it." Easy for her to say, as I stood ankle-deep amid a snowstorm called Izzy, a Saskatchewan Screamer....

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Amie Beth Shaver: Courage, even when you are afraid

When was the first time you felt afraid? Oh sure. We felt fear when we swung a tad too high on the playground swing. Or when we went...

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Amie Beth Shaver: You've been 'retconned;' do you even know what it is?

A little history. ——— "What did you just say?" I collected my thoughts as best I could. They were young. I wasn't. Maybe I heard it...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Love in the time of COVID bureaucracy

Have you ever left a vigorous discussion, stumbling over your words only to have your best thoughts show up as you walked away? Or,...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Narcissists directing COVID policies

Just so we're clear. We're dealing with malignant narcissists. Y'all know that, right? You know, the ones that suffer from delusions...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Abortion, a follow up

“Mom. What would have happened to us if your mom didn't have you?" The child who asked was little. I was shocked by the question. Still,...

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Amie Beth Shaver: It was a secret, but a secret that gave me life

It was a secret. I was carried quietly by a 17-year-old girl. No one in her senior class knew I existed. I’m grateful that she gave...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Being offended can make us better, but it can't save us

Some people looove to feel offended because it makes them feel important. When your only tool is a hammer, suddenly, every problem...

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Amie Beth Shaver: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I called for his vote. What I got instead was an earful. "You don't know what you're talking about. You should be ashamed to talk about...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Believe in your kids - you never know what you might unleash

#Be Different “Mom." He looked up at me. "I'm going to play basketball when I grow up." He was four.  We stood in the kindergarten...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Using social media is using addictive behavior

My dad carried it as he strolled into my high school gym. It was basketball season. 1987 perhaps. I watched him and wondered, what...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Living in COVID land

Houston, we have a problem. Rather than acknowledge the massive protests against vaccine passports in France, Italy, and the UK; rather...

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Amie Beth Shaver: Where Did I Go?

It woke me up. That tremendous sense of self-loathing. Why would you even try this? Who do you think you are? You're much too old for...

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