Melissa Carter

Melissa Carter: The worst phone tag partner to have

It has been awhile since I had the sense my body was about to take me in an unknown direction. I have had health issues a majority of my life, but had found respite these past few years. However, a recent docto...
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Melissa Carter: Mr. Carter hits the field

There comes a time in all our lives when things begin to get consistently complicated. I always assumed that time hit around puberty and the introduction of unrequited love, but have since realized it emerges d...
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Melissa Carter: Learning to embrace birthdays

A proud Pisces, I just celebrated my 48th birthday on the 11th. As a woman who has never been self-conscious about my age, it was a fun time hanging out with friends and spending the actual day with my son. But...
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Melissa Carter: To the Winter Olympics haters

If you are someone who has spent far too much energy these past few days criticizing the Winter Olympics, you can bow out of this article now. That’s because people like you irritate me. Why in the world would ...
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Melissa Carter: The cluelessness of parenting

Parents have no idea what they are doing. I don’t know what I’m doing, my friends don’t know what they’re doing and your parents had no idea what to do with you. Yet, I carry on the age-old tradition of making ...
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Melissa Carter: Bring the inner kid out in 2018

As adults, we usually enter the holiday season with trepidation. We want to experience the magic that is promised in the Christmas carols we hear or the imaginary clean slate we create for the New Year, yet usu...
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Melissa Carter: On letting go and remembering to play

Have you ever realized just how much we adults have been separated from our childhoods? I’m not talking about our more mature bodies, it’s more about our minds and how we automatically react to the world around...
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Melissa Carter: Marking a life-changing anniversary

This week marks the 15th anniversary of my kidney transplant. 15 years, if you can believe it. It’s not that I don’t think about the transplant on each anniversary — and every single day for that matter — but t...