Meghan Moran Wilson

Meghan Moran Wilson
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Meghan moved to Flagstaff from Western New York in 2011 to pursue a PhD in Applied Linguistics. She met her now husband a couple years later and they bought an off-grid, water-catchment house in "the 40s" (about 35 minutes from town). She greatly enjoys teaching English and conducting research in linguistics at NAU. She also enjoys hiking, riding horses, exploring new places, reading historical fiction, hanging out with their four dogs, and, since January 2021, spending as much time as possible with their small fry, Claire Angelina.

Small Delights

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Lately, I’ve been so full of gratitude for my life that I could burst.  I feel so lucky and blessed, and I don’t want to take any of it for granted.  Every day, I’m...

How a Second Child Changed My Relationship with My First

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Having a second child changed my relationship with my first—in unexpected ways, and not necessarily for the better. When I brought Cormac home, my motherly protectiveness switched suddenly from Claire to him. As a newborn,...

What’s In A Name?

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When my son was born, I sent a text to my friend that went something like, “We welcomed Cormac Artem Wilson on…” and her response was, “Congratulations!  Tell me about his name.”  Having often...

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: A 5-Star Weekend

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In mid-October, Crispin found out that a friend of his and his wife from the east coast were coming out to Albuquerque for the weekend to view the eclipse and go to the Balloon...

The Luxury of Undivided Attention

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When we had our second child, just one month ago, I knew that it would be hard for our older one to share attention after she had gotten all of ours for the past...
The Best Gift is Help

The Best Gift is Help

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Although I haven’t read it, I’m relatively familiar with the 5 Love Languages. However, after you have a baby, I’d argue that, no matter what “language” your love normally speaks, the best gift is...
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Flagstaff’s Most Sustainable Restaurants for Take-Out

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I’ll start this with a disclaimer:  I’m not the best one to be writing this. We so rarely order take-out (or go out to eat, for that matter) that my knowledge is severely limited....
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In Defense of Pets – the benefit of pets for children

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Last week, we said goodbye to our sweet old hound dog. As I reflect on how thankful I was to have shared more than 8 years with him, I think about how good having...
A lady shampooing her hair in the shower.

2-Minute Shower Challenge

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About five years ago, when there was a drought in Cape Town, South Africa, two creative women came up with a plan to inspire people to save water in the shower:  a 2-Minute Shower...
Dried flowers in pink and yellow colors, to be used as confetti instead of balloons.

Please Don’t Buy Balloons

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My husband and I hike in some remote locations. In fact, as an archaeologist, he is often in places where he doesn’t see another soul, besides his coworkers, for days on end. Yet one...
A lady sitting on a bed with a negative pregnancy test

Let’s Talk TTC

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Let’s take a minute to talk TTC. What’s TTC?  It’s the medical acronym for “trying to conceive,” or actively attempting a pregnancy.  So acronym-y.  So sterile (no pun intended).  Unable, in these three small letters,...
A little girl pushing a shopping cart through the toy section of a store.

I Know You Have Good Intentions, but Please….Just Don’t.

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Good intentions are never a replacement for respecting a parenting decisions. Remember, the five minutes you see are not a complete picture of what parents are teaching. Last Sunday, Crispin, Claire and I went for...
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My Love/Hate Relationship with Day Care

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I have a love/hate relationship with day care. Claire was born in January. I was lucky enough to have about ten weeks of family leave. (Although I’m privileged compared to most in the country, I...