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Spread the Love: Valentine’s Fun and Decor All in One
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Step One For An Extraordinary Life: Pay Attention
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Should My Tween Have a Cell Phone? Ask Delaney Ruston, MD.
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A Dietary Cleanse: And You Can Have Your Chocolate, Too
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Happy New Year 2018: a Resolution Revolution
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Easy Ideas for Decorating Christmas Cookies
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My Favorite Things 2017: Holiday Gifts to Give or Keep
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What’s in a Middle Name?
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Tweets About Twins
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Post #200: Honoring a Man who Completed His Bucket List

Spread the Love: Valentine’s Fun and Decor All in One

  I am not super-crafty but love to craft.  It’s hard to find the time to create so I rely on Annie’s Creative Woman Kit-of-the-Month Club and other simple suggestions, like one I found in the February 2018 Real Simple (makes sense, no?).  A fellow reader shared her love-note treasure hunt tradition she and her husband plan for their children each February, where they hide paper hearts around their home with notes of love written on them.  Then their kids search for them daily through Valentine’s Day.  As I didn’t come upon this fun little ritual until a couple days…

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Step One For An Extraordinary Life: Pay Attention

  While driving down the busy artery through town, I noticed patriotic lights flashing behind me.  What?  Me?  What did I do?  I honestly had no idea.  I wasn’t speeding.  I didn’t run a red.  Maybe I had a light out?  My face flushed hot as I desperately looked for a place to pull over, wanting to halt the embarrassing parade-of-two on the busiest road, at the busiest time, through town. The amiable police officer approached my van as I nervously located my registration and insurance (thankfully I hadn’t left my license in my other purse, as I have been…

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Should My Tween Have a Cell Phone? Ask Delaney Ruston, MD.

  My son wants a smartphone in the worst way.  And no wonder.  His best friend received one for his thirteenth birthday.  He gets asked frequently by his 7th-grade peers why he doesn’t have a cell phone, so the pressure is real.  Topping his list of reasons he should have one?  So he doesn’t have to borrow someone else’s to call for a ride home.  He feels embarrassed. It’s never easy in middle school, on the cusp of or in the throes of puberty, trying to navigate your place in the crowd.  Especially when your status in that crowd is…

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A Dietary Cleanse: And You Can Have Your Chocolate, Too

  I do not enjoy drinks that are green (my suggestion for the sequel to Green Eggs and Ham).  I avoid the green smoothie at juice bars and bypass the same in the refrigerated section at the grocery store, reaching for something in a more pleasing pink or purple hue (grape kombucha, please).  There is an exception, however:  the shamrock shake.  I will make just one pilgrimage a year to the golden arches in order to sit in a frustratingly (and concerningly) long drive-through in order to sip on that miracle concoction of milkshake and mint.  Plus, this tradition harkens…

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Happy New Year 2018: a Resolution Revolution

  It’s a new year, a new calendar, a new start.  I love a new calendar, it’s like a clean slate.  No creases or dog-ears, no chicken-scratches lined through and rewritten in another box.  No mayhem.  Just an open book full of possibility and promise. Before I write in all the appointments, extracurriculars and school inservices, I page through my calendar and enjoy the work my husband has gone to to create each month’s snapshot and how I want my family’s year to be filled with the same joy his art brings to each of the calendar’s 12 months.  I…

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Easy Ideas for Decorating Christmas Cookies

My mother has been called the Walter White of Christmas cookies.  She’s been known to bake them 3-figure numbers without breaking a sweat, and some of her creations have been declared utterly (and legally) addictive.  The decadence goes international with Norwegian Kringla, German-influenced Peparkakor and Leibkuchen, and Scottish shortbread.  But it’s the traditional, down-home, cut-out sugar cookie that no one can get enough of.  I am merely her protege, her Jesse Pinkman, who uses her recipes and is constantly trying to perfect the techniques and skill of a true pro.  I wish I had the time to hand paint (yes,…

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My Favorite Things 2017: Holiday Gifts to Give or Keep

Sometimes wakefulness at 4 am can produce something other than frustration.  Yes, my brain was marching through a parade of thoughts and worries faster than a screenager’s brain on gaming:  the Christmas party we are hosting, the puppy arriving the day after, did my son really just leave his ski jacket at school, or did he lose it?  You know how it can be, especially during this crazy, joyful, where-is-the-snow-already (!), time of year.  But in the middle of the brain train, I had one, just one, really good idea.  I’m jumping on the caboose of the veritable iron horse others like Maria…

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What’s in a Middle Name?

The other night, my husband sent himself a package to his mom’s house, one he will catch up with when we arrive for Thanksgiving.  To be sure to whom the package belongs, he included his middle name “Byron” in the name for the addressee. You see, his dad was “Charles Allen Black.”  My husband is “Charles Byron Black.” Punctuation saves lives; middle names add interest and depth to who we are.  They are a source of intrigue, prompting the ubiquitous question, in one form or another: So, what’s the “Z” stand for? Huh.  “E.W.”  Wonder what her middle names are?…

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Tweets About Twins

A mother drops, (yes, drops) herself down next to me at a “Mother of Multiples” meeting.  She recently delivered babies seven and eight, twin boys.  You read it right.  Babies seven and eight.  I was already acquainted with this Wonder Mom as our husbands were colleagues, and was, needless to say, in awe of her ability to make babies.  Given it was four years of real effort to conceive my husband’s and my twin boys, I was (and still am) amazed by women who only have to think the word pregnant and bam!  They are with child.  Or children, in this case….

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Post #200: Honoring a Man who Completed His Bucket List

I had it all figured out.  Post #200 was going to be a little bit sad and a bit uplifting, steeped in parental poignancy.  And I was in rare form; I had the pictures ready to go before I even began a rough narrative.  (Photographs are normally an eleventh-hour pursuit for me.)  I was ready to write. But then life happened.  I haven’t written that particular post (but pics are waiting in the wings, though…yay); it will just have to wait.  Something else needed to be written and posted first, still sad, and also uplifting: Do not put off the…

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