Tashmica Torok


Mother Flippin: The Lonely Mother's Heart Club

The principal of my sons’ school asked me if I was lonely. I laughed louder and harder than was necessary. No. I am not lonely. All three of my children have…

Mother Flippin': After School

It is time. This school year, all three of my children will be attending school all day, every day. It will be the first time in nearly seven years that I wi…

Mother Flippin': I Love You Too

By the time I open my eyes every morning, my husband is already awake and heading out of the room for his morning shower. If starting the day were a punch li…

Mother Flippin': Saving Strays and Throwaways

A few weeks ago, I found myself with a dog’s sleeping face cradled in my hands. My son and I were volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society when we hap…

Mother Flippin': Love Lets Go

When my baby sister called to tell me that she had enlisted in the military, my heart jumped into my throat. Well, it might’ve if I wasn’t vocalizing my obje…

Mother Flippin': Deep in the Heart of … Michigan

February is a cruel month to move from Texas to Michigan. 2001 was no exception to that rule. A blizzard had beaten me here and met me at the bus stop. As so…

Mother Flippin': A New Nonprofit, A New Legacy

I was born stargazing. Instead of coming out of my mother’s birth canal facing downward, I assumed the less likely position of facing upward causing my mothe…

Mother Flippin': Dad’s Day His Way

I love a good reason to celebrate. That is why May is my favorite month. In the course of three weeks, we celebrate Mother’s Day, our anniversary and my birt…

Mother Flippin': Reach With Your Heart…

The first time I attended a yoga class I was young, unmarried and pregnant. A failure at proper life planning, I was determined to be a champion fetus incuba…

Mother Flippin': I am Grateful

My eldest son is now sitting in the front seat. He is old enough now. After I pick him up from school, I reach over and hold his hand in mine. He looks down …

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