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Screen free is not scream free for me

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 18-24 is Screen-Free Week. Since 1996, organizers have exhorted us to turn off screens via the implementation of Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff). Ever since it replaced turning off the television for one week with the scarier prospect of turning off ALL screens (including computers, video games and smart phones), resistance has risen. I’m sure […]

What would Jackie O. do?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I find as I age that I look to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for parenting advice.

Fashion night at Tractor Supply

Thursday, April 7, 2011

You know that moment when you make that fateful decision and say “Who am I going to see at the Tractor Supply at 7:30 p.m. on a Monday? These Muck boots and this dirty old ski parka are FINE?” That is a bad moment. Poor decision making processes are at work here. It never fails. […]

Love and loss, pride and joy

Thursday, March 31, 2011

“I can’t find Pikachu.” You wouldn’t think those words would strike fear in a woman’s heart but oh, let me tell you, they do. Pikachu in this case is not a Pokemon character from the long running children’s series. No. Pikachu is our pet goat. He was a gift to our then 5-year-old son from […]

House hunting for dummies

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Does there exist a blog, website, or even random street corner where people can meet to poke merciless fun at the people featured on HGTV’s House Hunters? If not, there should be. They’d get a million visits per day. According to the HGTV (Home and Garden Channel) promo “House Hunters focuses on the emotional experience […]

Life’s too short for mindless chores

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Matching up socks, I’m fairly sure, is a task they make you do repeatedly in hell. I used to carefully match and pair different sizes and styles of socks, times four people. Pairing up socks became somewhat a side job for me. When all the other responsibilities of the day were squared away, I could […]

The Tao of Taylor Swift

Thursday, March 10, 2011

“This is life before you know who you’re gonna be … At Fifteen.” — Taylor Swift Apparently a recent column detailing the drama of parenting tween and teen girls hit a lot of nerves already worn raw by one too many slammed doors and eye-rolls. People raising young girls today, or having survived doing so […]

Where there’s smoke

Thursday, March 3, 2011

All things considered, I think that the moment you are shouting “fire” is not likely to rank among your finest culinary accomplishments. Although you will not get that impression from THIS story, I am a good cook. Usually. Frankly I have always been leery around bacon. It spatters grease while cooking and foods that fight […]

Beware the menace of the trees

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I can’t live anywhere where the trees aren’t of voting age. It’s preferable that they could have possibly voted for Lincoln. I do love a good shade tree. Hugger Granted, I’m not a card carrying tree hugger. I once took the life of a meddling walnut that got in the way of my swimming pool. […]

Mean, tweens and go-betweens

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This nonsense about being a role model for youth is exhausting. Apparently, upon becoming a parent, you are supposed to set an example for your children — and I don’t mean the “serve as a terrible warning” type either. No, you are supposed to be a good example. You are supposed to be the bigger […]

Not-so-proud parenting

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I think every parent has that moment when they think, proudly, “well THAT went well.” For some it’s compliments from others on their lovely child. For others it might be honor roll, student council or “always a delight in class” scrawled on each and every report card. If you are a parent raising a “good […]

Braving the not-so-great outdoors

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pity poor Chico the Chihuahua. Chico, three whole pounds of bruiser canine muscle (aka delicious morsel) was out with his owner last week when a great horned owl swooped down and tried to fly away with poor Chico firmly gripped in his talons. This is clearly a risk when your dog weighs less than the […]

Setting new goals for 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

By the time you read this the majority of New Year’s resolutions will have been cast aside like old shoes. It takes roughly 21 days to make — or break — a habit. If you’re not careful you may have already lit up, eaten a second (or fifth) doughnut and expressed enough road rage to […]

Why does January have to be a bear?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January is such an unlovable month. I’m sure there are people who embrace it with pure unbridled joy, I just haven’t met any of them. While it poses as a month of great promise — resolutions, a “clean slate,” new beginnings — it is, in reality, a trick of the calendar. Stuck, wholly and completely […]

Packing away holiday memories

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I admit it. I love Christmas. I’m not jaded, exhausted or “relieved that it’s over.” There is no bah humbug here. I’m in no danger of being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present or future because I am already converted. I love Christmas. This year as I mourn the passing of yet another […]

Holidays with Mr. Wonderful

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I just read that Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson have split-up. That’s sad. They seemed like a cute couple. Granted, once your husband gets voted “The Sexiest Man Alive” that’s got to throw off the balance of power in a relationship. I would not want to be married to The Sexiest Man Alive. […]

Do you hear what I hear?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

When I was a kid music class consisted of a set of finger cymbals and a teacher who was valiant in her efforts to teach us to sing Michael Row Your Boat Ashore — in round. Today’s music instructor is charged with teaching music appreciation, overseeing a stage performance, and convincing a reluctant student body […]

Most times grandma’s ways work just fine

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let me state for the record that I am firmly against food poisoning. I am definitely not a fan. Having had it once, I can assure you that anyone who says they “think” they had food poisoning hasn’t. If you have it, you’ll know. I can still recall feeling like I wanted to die on […]

A Black Friday mouse tale

Thursday, December 9, 2010

“I asked for riot shields, but they wouldn’t give me one, so it’s not going to be that bad I don’t think.” – Target employee I will not go out at the crack of dawn for anything other than a birth, a death or an early flight to a beach. I am up at midnight […]

Weight a minute: Feeling fit

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Clearly, there is something wrong with my diet. Namely, that I am not on one. Other people seem to be doing all kinds of healthy and active things. They are walking and running and taking something called “Zumba” which sounds more like a reggae band than an exercise movement . This is all quite inspiring […]

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