Laura G Owens on July 5th, 2017

Written by Sam Cook The internet as we know it is nearly 30 years old. Sure, the web is a bit more complicated — and more intricately connected — than it was 30 years ago, but it’s no less of a modern Wild West today than it was in the 90s (although you may need […]

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Laura G Owens on June 6th, 2017

…I have no doubt I helped destroy my daughter’s faith in God. As Tina grew up, my higher power shifted from a His Will Be Done Christian to a genderless “divine force in the universe” with good intentions and a wry sense of humor. It’s pretty hard for kids to grab on to God when […]

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When I say confused I’m not saying anything is wrong with the spectrum and fluidity of gender identity; I’m saying I don’t understand how someone can feel like a man one day, female the next or at any given moment, somewhere in-between or entirely genderless? But to quote my 19 year-old daughter, “Mom you don’t […]

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Laura G Owens on January 31st, 2017

I’m delighted I found Grown & Flown, a website and blog about parenting older kids (ages 15 to 25). Grown & Flown recently published my essay “Why I Stopped Worrying If My College Daughter Was Lonely” Tina is a thousand times more self-loving and grounded than I was at her age. This is probably why […]

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From The Huffington Post At about 3:30 am on election night, I moved out of denial and into the bargaining stage of grief. I sat on my bathroom floor and pleaded “Please, pleeease, God, no. Do you know what this means? My daughter just voted for the first time.” About 4am, my husband came into […]

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Laura G Owens on November 7th, 2016

  Excerpted from “God Is Also Inside Planned Parenthood” They were last night as I walked in to a Planned Parenthood discussion on “A Celebration of Faith and Reproductive Health.” They’re always there, the voices to protect the unborn. A few protesters waved graphic images of bloody broken babies and held “Planned Parenthood = Murder” […]

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Laura G Owens on August 18th, 2016

We’re all guilty of this. We slip out a horrible or ignorant comment, cringe, then wish we could take our words back. Before I was became a mom I once asked a very pregnant friend who mentioned she was going to the beach, “Do pregnant women go to the beach?” “I mean I know they can but […]

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Laura G Owens on June 23rd, 2016

After my city’s tragedy, the world’s tragedy, I didn’t cry. Oh my eyes welled up a little, but I was too shocked, too devastated, too in despair to fully release my horror. I could not cry because perhaps if I did, I might not stop. For years and reasons that no longer matter, I’ve learned […]

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Laura G Owens on June 20th, 2016

I’ve long been horrified by Westboro Baptist. On the continuum of LGBT haters, they spew the worst anti LGBT post tragedy bile imaginable with such Godly views as: they deserved it. WB is apparently “Orlando Bound” to protest, as they often do, at local funerals of victims of the Pulse tragedy. It goes without saying […]

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Laura G Owens on May 20th, 2016

Remember to stand tall. Shoulders back. Head up. Carry yourself with the spectacular you are. The world will treat you as you expect to be treated. You are mighty and deserving. Remember that humility is not the opposite of confidence. Humility is to ask, to listen, to learn and to grow. Remember to apologize. Do […]

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