My name is Deborah Maue and this is my story. I grew up in the Anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania, at the far eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountains, in a big, loving family where laughter was rampant. In 1987, at age 24, I packed up the U-Haul and moved to Chicago, sight unseen, to pursue fame and fortune. I got an MBA, I got married, I had a daughter, I got divorced, I got remarried, I had two more kids. It wasn’t all weddings and birthings – I’ve also had a career in marketing, first in consumer packaged goods, and I now spend my days marketing DePaul University in Chicago (of course, all opinions expressed here are my own and in no way represent the opinions of DePaul). This blog is about my observations and experiences as a (again) single mom of a teen and two littler ones, higher ed marketer, runner, cook, singer, pianist, avid reader, Episcopalian, observer of life, daughter, sister, friend, and person who laughs at inappropriate moments, and how I manage all these things without feeling guilty about any of them (much, anyway). I will probably write about all of these things. This blog is mainly for me, but anyone who’s interested is welcome to read it as well.