Category Archives: Essays

Miss America Dreams: What I Learned About Talents & Losing (Video)

Miss America dreams!  Have you had any?  I grew up thirty-five miles from Atlantic City, the home of the Miss America Pageant.  The pageant was part of my being.  It was a huge deal every single year.  There was always a ton of press coverage on the news and in the local newspapers.  I thought Miss America was a huge… Read more »

My First Crush: Robert Ashton

Charlene Harreveld   02/13/2017   Comments Off on My First Crush: Robert Ashton

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My First Crush:  Robert Ashton Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect day to write about my first crush, Robert Ashton, but not for the reasons you might be thinking. My first crush lasted TWO whole years, from second grade to third grade at D’Ippolito Elementary School in Vineland, NJ.  Robert Ashton was a rosy-cheeked, dark-haired cherub.  He was all I… Read more »

Mommy Bloggers

Charlene Harreveld   01/30/2017   Comments Off on Mommy Bloggers

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Mommy Bloggers I don’t know how “Mommy Bloggers” do it!  They post new stuff every single day with gorgeous photos of their perfect children and clean houses.  How?  I know they rake in enough dough to have professional help, so much dough that their husbands quit their day jobs, but geeze!  I just don’t get it.  Something must be suffering…. Read more »

When Your Birthday Falls After Christmas

Charlene Harreveld   01/04/2017   Comments Off on When Your Birthday Falls After Christmas

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When Your Birthday Falls After Christmas What Happens When Your Birthday Falls After Christmas It sucks to have a birthday after the holidays.  I know first-hand.  I was born on January 6th and I was always reminded when I was little that I “just got a bunch of presents” and that people “didn’t want to go to another party.”  Even if… Read more »

…and the hits just KEEP on comin’

Charlene Harreveld   12/02/2016   Comments Off on …and the hits just KEEP on comin’

Gilmore Girls Revival I just can’t bring myself to write my thoughts about the Gilmore Girls Revival on Netflix.  It’s too soon. But I promise you, it’s coming one day.  That show has had such an effect on our family.  I have to keep verbalizing, “It’s NOT real.  It’s just a show.” Yesterday, Erica and I both had very exciting… Read more »