Name: Raina Johnson
Child: Elijah, 4 
Work: Reporter and Starbucks barista
Favorite part about being a mom: Watching Elijah's curiousity for the world grow.
Least favorite part about being a mom: The amount of laundry I do.
Famous for: My love of coffee and books.
Follow her on Twitter @RainaWrites

Lessen the drama of a sick day

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Have you ever had a moment at work when your thoughts are in perfect harmony, your desk is clean and your calendar is manageable? Ok, great! Now think of that very moment again but this time being interrupted by the buzzing of your cell phone, and on the other end is the voice of your child’s childcare provider telling you that your baby needs to be picked up right away!

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What Hope Does And #WhyILeft

We form our opinions based on what we see in the media, and what we’d do if we were in someone eles's shoes. I've seen a lot of that lately, following the video that was released of former Balitmore Ravens star, Ray Rice, punching his then-fiance, Janay in a hotel elevator. (Note, I refuse to watch or share the video)

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$15-an-hour wage to the working Mom

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Today in 14 cities across the state, including Milwaukee, hundreds of low-wage workers joined thousands of others throughout the country for a national strike day. Strikers, organizers and supporters are calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.

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The Point of Homework

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Ah, the beginning of a school year: full of promise, excitement and growth.

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My Very Unremarkable 29th Birthday


In the 21 days leading up to my 29th birthday, I did a little project on Facebook, called "21 Days of Thankful" It's just a small project to remind me (and others) to be thankful for the little things, in the everyday things that I may take my granted. Some of the things I wrote were.

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