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The One Thing We All Need

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - Growing up in a conservative homeschool setting, the world was black and white. Things were simple. The outside world was dangerous, but we believed as long as we followed the rules, we would be safe. My first break from this environment was my first job as an ice cream counter girl at 14 years old. […]

My Husband Knew I Liked Women Before I Did

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - There’s a woman I want to take selfies with. I asked her out for drinks and a drag show. I want to DM her on Facebook, post to her profile page, “Let’s do gay things together.” I keep myself in check. I’m a married woman and I have no idea if she’s single. Am I […]

August Call for Submissions: ROAD TRIP!

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - So my son and I just got home from our annual “road trip”.  The reason I wrote “road trip” instead of road trip is that I don’t want to give you the wrong impression.  A road trip is a fun lark; a “road trip” is something that happens when you need to get from point […]

My Taylor Swift Mixtape of Life Lessons

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - I’ve been a fan of Taylor Swift’s from the moment I heard “Our Song” when I was a young teen. My best friend and I used to set our cell phone ringtones to Taylor Swift songs and then not answer the phone when we called each other so we could listen to it all the […]

What’s Causing You Stress?

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - This is a Sponsored post for which we have been financially compensated for. Our sponsored post section is not written by our team and is entirely reflective of the views and beliefs of the post author. Let’s face it, we all have to deal with stress in our every day lives. Whether it’s work, family, […]


Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - there is joy in the tangle of their limbs in the feel of slick sweat slowly drying on their skin in the breaths that mingle as they lay nose to nose and their hearts keep time with each other there is peace in that room in the world they’ve built together where the chaos brewing […]

The Meaning Of Pearl Engagement Rings by Kevin Pham

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - The engagement is that milestone is a couple’s life when they decide to solidify their relationship in the hope of getting married in the not too distant future. An engagement varies from culture to culture around the globe, but one thing for sure is that it’s a happy moment that is celebrated and the beginning […]

Father’s Day: On Breaking Bread

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - During this month as we celebrate father figures in our lives, I have been pulled to a story I learned about my Grandpa Kelson a number of years ago when I was enrolled in an “Introduction to International Business” course. As is often the case when I am in a class my own dad is […]

Victim-blaming abuse survivors is re-abusing them: How we can all be better

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - I wrote this essay in fall 2014 because I’m a survivor of domestic violence who was badly triggered by the Ray Rice abuse video. My essay has since been published in two different online magazines, then subsequently removed without warning, and without explanation, despite my inquiries. Deep gratitude to Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, Kara Post-Kennedy, and […]

5 New Additions to My Self-Care Routine

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - I’ve been absent from content creation lately, and not by choice. Some unexpected circumstances have meant that I have had to focus all my energy on the bare minimum needed to keep the home and toddler in check, leaving none to write. There has been a silver lining to all this, though! I’ve had to […]

On Having Babies

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - So, motherhood. I am an almost 32-year-old woman without children. I have been married for over 6 years, my husband and I are financially sufficient to support a child, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I am CONSTANTLY bombarded with images, verbiage, and other forms of communication about our lack of children […]

The Adventures of Dumpster Boy: Discarded after Divorce

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - Triggers. I hate triggers. Monday was my birthday and I was winding down the day. Like most of my birthdays, I try to keep things low key. I still woke up early and went to work, and after work I did my usual routine of going out to eat with a friend. The only gift […]

Teaching an old dog new…what did you call me???

Posted By rbaxter80 on Dating - As I get older and more stuck in my ways, its become harder to find people who aren’t incredibly overprotective. Not of their kids, nope. Overprotective of their own hearts. Not only that, they withhold even trying to love outward. I get it for the most part, but letting go of our hurtful pasts doesn’t […]