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Corbyn is a writer, mother-of-three, unrepentant renegade, flower-child of the seventies in hipster drag, enthusiastically eccentric, abandoned-suburban-downtown-dweller and friend to all hobos, raconteurs, gadabouts, and ne'er-do-wells. Read more of her work at, or "friend" her on Facebook: Corbyn Hanson Hightower.

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We Are Totally Not Supposed to Talk About This at All

(10) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:00 AM

I go back to work in a few days after psychiatric disability leave. I've been going to the strange little Indian psychiatrist in the broken-down office with the half-star on Yelp where I sometimes wait in the waiting room for three, four, five hours. He mutters to me about things...

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Locked Out of the Schoolyard

(59) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 6:13 PM

You can keep your guns, but do you have to take away our schoolyards? This morning, a shooter was reported at an elementary school in Georgia. And now, there's one more strike in the column for schools being on, essentially, lock-down: sealed at every entrance and exit, and...

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A Queer Mom at the Roseville Mall

(65) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 2:51 PM

I'm an incognito queer, living with my husband and my three kids in Roseville, Calif., a town known more for its wealthy residents' plastic surgery than for the diversity of its population. It's also well-known as a retail center, replete with big-box stores, high-end boutiques and the now-infamous...

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I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

(9) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 9:23 AM

I'm dreaming of a Pink Christmas.

I'm not sure why I don't "do holidays" well. Whenever one comes up on the calendar's horizon, I feel antsy. Like a lot of parents, I place a whole boatload of expectations on myself, trying to make sure the kids have the right set...

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My Family Went On Jeff Probst's Show and Lookee What We Got!

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 3:43 PM

Today, an episode of The Jeff Probst Show is airing in which balloons come down while our family is being "ambushed" by incredible gifts and goodwill.

I have butterflies in my stomach.

The truth is, our family doesn't deserve this treatment any more than all the families we know...

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The Moment I Realized Our Struggles Weren't Going Away

(56) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 11:05 AM

I've spent the last several years writing blog posts about the Recession. Here's how it started: We decided to sell our only vehicle in order to pay the rent. An editor friend who, at the time, was working for a website chronicling the realities of the New Economy,...

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Life After My Family Lost Everything

(544) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 5:59 AM

Popular wisdom teaches us that making changes slowly and deliberately is the only way the new ways will stick. You can do a month-long liquid diet and lose an easy thirty pounds, but without achingly steady, determined steps over a long time, new patterns won't gain a necessary foothold. These...

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Beasts of the Northern Suburbs

(116) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 9:51 AM

This is a tale of grim survival.

It's been a long, hot, messy, under-scheduled summer. I need to make it through one more week -- one more! -- and then all three of my kids will blessedly, finally be in school. For our youngest, it's the start of kindergarten, so...

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My Husband Had A Vasectomy And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

(439) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 10:03 AM

My husband is the introverted type, so out of respect for his privacy, I'd like to talk to you about his vasectomy.

We put it off longer than we should have. I guess the ideal time might have been between baby no. 2 and baby no. 3, but we're super...

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The President Recognizes My Family

(5) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 8:32 AM

My oldest child is the product of a gay relationship. Yesterday, with one simple sentence, the President of the United States and the most influential leader in the world uttered the words that legitimized the family of my firstborn.

I believe without a doubt that this movement -- the movement...

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