What’s Your Favorite Way To Celebrate The 4th Of July?

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The semi-official/traditional Independence Day celebration includes food outdoors with family/friends, parades and fireworks.  But do we still love our current traditions as much as the media does?    If given the chance, would we start from scratch and create a whole different set of 4th of July traditions?  Would we just modify our current ones? … [Read more...]

To All The Dads

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To all the Dads who share in our joys during the early years -- cartoons, bike rides, water balloon fights, ice cream, joy rides, Halloween … To all the Dads who teach us practical things -- how to swim, ride bike, skip rocks, pitch a tent, spit watermelon seeds, plant a tree, change a tire, pay taxes… To all the Dads who watch over us with … [Read more...]

Music: FLY by Maddie and Tae

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Teen sensations Maddie and Tae scored a #1 single last year with their brilliant, funny and feminist GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG.  Their new single, FLY is so lovely, the tears were rolling before I heard half the lyrics. FLY is a sweet anthem of encouragement in challenging times. Keep on climbing, though the ground might shake Just keep on reaching … [Read more...]

A Disgruntled Snowman’s Snow Fight

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We may be disgruntled by the snow, but it is here to stay -- at least for a couple of months.  So we might as well find humor about it where we can.  I've long been a fan and follower of the folks over at Animation Chefs.  Their goal is to: "lead kids into a thinking, making, sharing pattern that will change their relationship with … [Read more...]

Christmas Spirit, It’s Free

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Christmas can be a tough time of year. I know this from experience. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the demands on our time, bank accounts, sanity. For many years, I have struggled to hold onto any kind of genuine Christmas spirit, and then I beat myself up for not feeling the way I should feel. So helpful. I am learning that it doesn’t have … [Read more...]

What if Fresh Produce Had A Mascot?

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When we think of fresh fruits and vegetables, we immediately think "healthy."  And not about actually feeling better. We think more about all the work -- storing, cleaning, chopping, slicing, cooking that it takes to prepare them, than about the wonderful taste and texture that comes with them. And somehow, we rarely associate fresh … [Read more...]

Book: MIXED FEELINGS by Olivia R. Burton

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I read a lot of galleys. A lot of them. My dream is to discover the next big thing before they’re actually, you know, the next big thing. Everybody loves to have a good “I knew them when” story. Sometimes it doesn’t work out.  I’ve been in a reading slump for longer than I care to think about. Then I got an email from Candlemark & Gleam. I … [Read more...]

Who Doesn’t Love The Fair?

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I don’t.  There.  I said it.  I don’t like the state fair. When the family packed up to make our annual trek, I tried hiding under the couch but someone spotted me.  I tried to beg off for financial reasons.  Think of ALL the money we’d save if I didn’t go.  Sadly, it was Teacher Day, and I qualified for free admission.  It cost exactly the same … [Read more...]

Freezing Eggs, A Perk For Female Employees?

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When I read the headline that Apple and Facebook are now offering to freeze female employees’ eggs as a perk of employment, I thought I had entered the Twilight Zone! Is that taking progress a bit too far?  Is this move a way for companies to push women to push their choice to have children later and later in life? Convenient for the company.  … [Read more...]

Visitors @ My Window

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I have cats. So, when I heard a “thud” at the window, I assumed it was one of my furry kids batting at a bug or fly that had somehow gotten into the house. When both cats appeared from opposite sides of the room, running toward the window, I was a bit puzzled. I knew something had collided with the glass doors, but it didn’t sound like the typical … [Read more...]

Movie: Jon Favreau’s CHEF

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Though I’m late to the party, I’m thrilled to have discovered Jon Favreau’s fabulous film CHEF.   A sleeper hit when it was released in May on a modest budget and with no marketing to speak of, CHEF gained traction solely by word of mouth and social media and is now having a successful second life on DVD. There is so much that CHEF gets right … [Read more...]