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COLUMNS : CYNTHYA PORTER - POSTPARTUM  (ARCHIVES)Back to Current
A fond farewell (08/28/2011)
By Cynthya Porter -- It is with a sad heart that I tell you today is my last day in the newsroom of the Winona Post. After 10 years here, I made the difficult decision to accept a position at a magazine in Rochester, and  ... 

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The joys and dangers of firepit bonding (08/24/2011)
By Cynthya Porter -- Being a mom and a full-time employee and a freelancer and a volunteer and an actual human being once in a while feels kind of like being a carnival act -- you know, that weird juggler who has a couple ... 

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(Mis)adventures of Ms. Adventure (03/13/2011)
By Cynthya Porter -- If you ever want to teach your kids a lesson about how much they need you, just take them somewhere they have never been for a few days, preferably somewhere extra terrifying like a big city, then alm ... 

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The text generation (02/23/2011)
By Cynthya Porter -- The hours after 10 p.m. are reserved in my house for urgent phone calls only, so when my cell phone rang at 10:30 p.m. the other night it gave me a start.

It was my 17-year-old daughter. “Hi mom.”

“ ... 

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Being the solution, not the problem (09/26/2010)
By Cynthya Porter -- Having a baby produces the powerful and sometimes frustrating side effect of feeling the need to protect that child from anything in the world that will hurt them.

While noble and understandable, mos ... 

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Dancing with Winona Stars (08/11/2010)
By Cynthya Porter -- When the folks at Gotta Dance asked me if I would be a contestant in Dancing With Winona Stars, I admit I said yes with a fair amount of self assuredness. But see, that’s when I used to think I was a  ... 

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Where are you, Christmas? (01/03/2010)
By Cynthya Porter -- I admit it: I was feeling pretty grumpy this holiday season. Downright Scroogish, even. Christmas has always been my favorite time of year; I love the parties and laboring for hours to choose gifts fo ... 

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Raise the bar, rappers (12/06/2009)
By Cynthya Porter -- Dear T-Pain, Lil’ Wayne, Akon and any of you other rappers stuck in this lyric rut,

Please stop singing about strippers already.

Seriously.

I’m not a prude and I don’t care what kind of places yo ... 

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Here kitty, kitty, go to a good home (10/21/2009)
By Cynthya Porter -- It takes a special kind of talent to have your kids think you are a great mom and a horrible mom at exactly the same time. Thanks to a couple of tiny kittens I appear to have mastered this.

My broth ... 

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Bats or courage: what goes out the window first? (08/02/2009)
By Cynthya Porter -- Being strong for our kids, especially when they are frightened and bewildered by the world around them, is one of the great acts of parenthood. I, unfortunately, fall woefully short sometimes.

Like l ... 

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A good mother in any language (05/10/2009)
By Cynthya Porter -- As a mother I believe it is my sworn duty to expand the horizons of my children, so on a recent trip to Mexico I was determined that we would not have one of those “resort vacations” where the exten ... 

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Think about our identity (03/15/2009)
By Cynthya Porter -- From Big Ole in Alexandria to Willie the Worm Man in Pelland Junction, communities around Minnesota have erected every manner of statue and symbol to tell passersby what makes them special.

As a free ... 

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Home sweet home (07/30/2008)
By Cynthya Porter -- Life's little epiphanies have a funny way of sneaking up on me in the least expected places, sprinkling in powerful "aha"¯ moments even during the most mentally vacant points of my day.

Take, for exa ... 

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Hickory dickory boom (02/27/2008)
By Cynthya Porter -- I'm being terrorized in my house and I'm sick of it. Yes, I have a teen and a tween, but I'm not talking about them this time.

I'm talking about uninvited guests who lounge around and mooch off my he ... 

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The itsy bitsy spider... (05/20/2007)
By Cynthya Porter -- Nothing is quite as character-building as being a parent, especially during those moments when your kids think you can solve any problem, and you think you should be running away down the road and you ... 

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Your Mom did what? (07/16/2006)
By Cynthya Porter -- Every year when I teach my College For Kids newspaper class, I crack up at the things kids will tell me that would probably make their parents faint.

I hear all kinds of sordid details about daily li ... 

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It’s hard to be cool (07/02/2006)
By Cynthya Porter -- It's not easy to be cool when you're 13. But it's even harder to be cool if you're the parent of a 13-year-old.

Granted, I don't spend much time worrying about how to impress my kids' friends, but I  ... 

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The smell of victory (02/09/2006)
By Cynthya Porter -- After six months of teeth-gnashing and a little wild-eyed hair-pulling for good measure I think I can say it's official: I don't smoke.

And while I'd love to boast that I quit out of resolve to be h ... 

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Who made me the Tooth Fairy? (04/13/2005)
By Cynthya Porter -- I'd like to throttle whoever invented the Tooth Fairy.

I hate that nocturnal bicuspid-thieving creature more than any other mythical being I pretend to be for my children, mostly because I'm really b ... 

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All that glitters is not gold (12/29/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- Sometimes we give people things for Christmas, and sometimes we give them gifts. And sometimes, lost in an endless trail of Visa bills and curling ribbon, we forget to remember the difference between ... 

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Fool me once... (11/07/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- So my daughter, who is about to turn eight, has been eyeing up one of the rights of passage of girls everywhere for some time, so much so that the conversation about it nearly became a daily ritual.  ... 

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Birthday Ball musings (09/15/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- The Birthday Ball is one of the few times a year in Winona when people don their best to eat, drink and be merry, sashaying from some of Winona's swankiest homes to an even swankier Winona Country Clu ... 

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Like mother, like daughter (09/08/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- OK. Sometimes I'm a bad mother.

Just ask my eleven-year-old daughter.

Eleven is kind of that gray zone where we're just testing out self-supervised time at home. I'm not crazy about it yet, but when ... 

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Lesson learned (08/18/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- Although I usually write through the eyes of a mother in Postpartum, today I write from the other side - through the eyes of a child.

Last June I gave my father a Fathers Day card for the first time ... 

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Everyone learns at CFK, even me (07/25/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- There is something fascinating, rejuvenating even, about looking at your profession through the eyes of a child. And sometimes, just when you think you've taught them everything they need, they t ... 

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Do you know where your keys are? (04/02/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- A little word for the woman at the store the other day with the screaming toddler; lady, I feel your pain.

We're not talking about a little temper tantrum. We're talking about a 30-pound hand gren ... 

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Good golly, Miss Molly! (01/21/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- If we are supposed to judge our parenting skills by how our children play with their dolls, then I'm in trouble.

Oh sure, my two daughters love their dolls and treat them to all the little girl nurtu ... 

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Good golly, Miss Molly! (01/21/2004)
By Cynthya Porter -- If we are supposed to judge our parenting skills by how our children play with their dolls, then I'm in trouble.

Oh sure, my two daughters love their dolls and treat them to all the little girl nurtu ... 

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