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Mommy Musings - Lyric and Lessons

Music has played a significant part in the fabric of my life. In an odd way, I fully believe that music helps shape us.

October 31, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Spiders And Swear Words

There are many things which I truly love about being a parent to my two children.

October 24, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – The Lesson Of ‘Can’ In Cancer

October … where to begin? As I sit to pen my thoughts for this week's column, my head swarms with three primary thoughts: Breast Cancer Awareness, physical ability and Cancer Sucks.

October 17, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Hit By The ‘Fever’

I should have seen it coming.

October 10, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Spokes And Folks

Familiar faces will once again retire into the everyday life of our community. There is no question that the words 'You look so familiar,' will now haunt Connie and Mel Sanguinetti as they wait in line at the grocery store or sit in a corner booth waiting to eat lunch. If nothing else they're sure to be stopped by a parent or two stating 'We bought our bikes from you for years.'

October 03, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings –Slow, Safe And Sidewalks

The City of Oakdale is home to six separate public schools within the city limits, with an additional two in our rural areas. For those wondering we have four elementary, one Junior and one Senior High school in our town of just over 20,000 people (recorded in the July 2011 Census). Our two rural schools are K-8 campuses.

September 19, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - September Gratitude

My frustration and disappointment is bubbling over a bit this morning, as I've just returned from dropping my children off at their elementary school. As a 'seasoned' parent however, I recognize it is only early September and some really great 'drop-off' material will find me in the coming weeks and months.

September 12, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Hug It Out

My kids are huggers. I share this with complete open and honest abandon because … I can.

August 29, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Back To School … Again

I did it. You did it. We did it.

August 22, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - No ‘I’ In Team

Just like any other business we here at the paper experience our fair amount of turnover or for some 'turn around.' A fair share of the staffers here (myself included) have departed from this building only to later return to its 122 S. Third Ave address. In all honesty ... It's just that good of a gig.

August 15, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


The Give And Take Of True Balance

A question was recently posed to me by a friend, which I'd never really given much thought.

August 08, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - The March Of Time

After 10-plus years of column writing, I must admit - at times it's tough to not be redundant.

August 01, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Wishes Granted, Lessons Learned

My mother got her wish.

July 25, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - The Gift Of Imperfection

Confession: I am not a perfect mom.

July 18, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Invites And Commitment

This week's column was supposed to be about the topic of commitment. Not commitment in the way of relationships, but the struggle there seems to be with accepting an invitation.

July 04, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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Mommy Musings – Getting Reacquainted

Today marks my first day back in a place I left a decade ago. Just looking at that sentence causes me to pause in both amazement and disbelief.

July 16, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Bird’s Eye View

There is very little I don't love about this job.

May 07, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - He Moved Up

Parenting brings with it many milestones: first steps, first day of school, sleepovers, losing teeth, dates, driver's license, college choices, the list goes on.

March 26, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Try, Try Again

When our children learn to ride a bike, shoot a basket or kick a goal they often fail – many times. Yet, as their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or loved ones we encourage them to try again. In some cases we require them to. Simply put we discourage them from giving up. We want them to succeed, to stick with it, quite simply to continue to try.

March 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Live Random

I often wonder how different the world would be if more people deferred from their 'calendar' long enough to change a life. Not just any life. Not a specific life with intended purpose, but someone random.

March 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Simplicity

The title for this week's column is just about as basic as a writer can get. What I've come to learn more and more however is how one seemingly 'small' thing can be so much bigger once the dirt is unearthed.

February 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommmy Musing's - Pen Pal's and Private Messages

Remember the Pen Pal? I believe it's back. The craziest part is that it has reappeared in the form many disregard as 'Facebook silliness.'

January 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Healthy Versus Balance

Somebody pinch me, 2014 has found us and to make matters even more crazy … it's the middle of January.

January 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Magic As I See It

I love the magic of the Holiday season.

December 18, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – The Spirit Is Alive

I believe stores should be closed on Thanksgiving.

December 04, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


The Joy Of Ticketing

I have a confession, which may make me less than popular with a few readers. My hope of course is that those affected or bothered don't take this out on my children and remember this is a 'grown-up' problem.

November 20, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Unintentional Modeling

In the role of parent we are never void of the knowledge that eyes are always watching. Be it the eyes of our children, our peers, family or society at large. No parent is perfect and we all have our moments. 'Slips' happen, but if we are truly fortunate the 'eyes' bring it to our attention.

November 13, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Less Than Perfect

I'm a firm believer in the old adage of 'older and wiser.'

November 06, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – See. Achieve. Believe.

I did it. I accomplished a goal which once seemed inconceivable. A dream so big, I was once not brave enough to dream it.

October 30, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


MOMMY MUSING'S - Push Your Brave

On Sunday, October 20 dozens upon dozens of women from the tri-city area (Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank) will flood the streets of San Francisco as participants of the 10th Annual Nike Women's Marathon benefitting the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

October 16, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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