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Jackie Parker

Wonderful story Carmen. That accident was so tragic with the loss of life. I felt your dread of that road. As always your shorties added just the right amount of humor. Now every time I see or eat wheat thins I will think of the ocean!

Headless Mom

The ocean. You know? I live about an hour from the pacific and I'm lucky if I get there once a year, maybe twice.

Saltwater cures many ills.


Oh, I am so sorry! A good reminder not to take our days for granted...


I am so sorry to hear about your friend. This sent chills up my spine because my childhood friend/neighbor died on that same road about 10 days before she did. My mom found out about that when reading about your friend's accident in the paper.

Life sucks a lot of the time, and these things seem to come in spurts.


I applaud your strength in taking your shorties regardless of what had happened. What a tragedy - I can't even imagine. Good reminder that life goes on. Not meaning to be glib - honestly in admiration.

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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution, who never sleeps and drinks way too much coffee. She works from home as Social Media Programs Manager for SheKnows, and is the mom to six kids, most of whom play instruments, sing or dance and all of whom are much smarter than she will ever be. In other words, her house is never ever quiet or still. A concentration of asthma, food allergies, spectrum disorders and learning disabilities means that she spends an awful lot of time second guessing herself and Dr. Googling, as well as learning to cook everything the family might like to eat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boxing (she has her Black Belt in Muay Thai), sleeping, exploring coffee shops, photography, ballet class and cooking. She excels in being a smart mouth and has her major in sarcasm, with a dual minor in BS studies and avoiding laundry.