Category Archives: Parenting

Homecoming

It’s been nearly three decades since I graduated from high school, but October still means homecoming to me.  That’s because it’s the month of my annual get-together with my high school girlfriends.  The ten of us live all over the … Continue reading

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The Heart of a Home

April in Virginia means daffodils, dogwoods and Historic Garden Week.  Each year, several hundred of the most impressive homes and gardens around the state are open for public tours, thanks to the efforts of the Garden Club of Virginia.  The … Continue reading

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What Moms Do

Have you seen the latest “It’s What You Do” commercial from Geico?  The beginning looks like something out of a James Bond movie, with a gang of villains chasing a handsome agent through an industrial landscape.  Just as the leading … Continue reading

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Mommy Piñata Syndrome

The flu is on every mom’s mind these days.  Apparently, mutations to one of the active strains of the virus have rendered this year’s vaccine less effective.  That’s why you and your family and all of your friends and neighbors … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge A Book By Its Genre

One of my favorite blogs is The Book Jam.  I always look forward to getting the latest book recommendations from Lisa Christie and Lisa Cadow, friends and avid readers in Norwich, Vermont.  The Book Jam also features author interviews and … Continue reading

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Hollister 911

Ladies and gentlemen, the 911 transcript you are about to read is true.  The names have been changed to protect the innocent. (Actually, none of it is true and no names were used at all, but go ahead and read … Continue reading

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All Aboard for Summer Fun

Is there anything kids look forward to more than summer vacation?  No school, no homework, no schedule…total freedom.  It’s like paradise!  Well, for a few weeks anyway.  Until you hear the inevitable “Mom, I’m BORED.”  I dread these words, because … Continue reading

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Follow Your Own Path

Have you met families in which everyone seems to like all the same things?  You know, the kind of people who say, “We took the kids skiing and they ALL loved it!” or “The girls can hardly WAIT to go … Continue reading

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Would You Take Advice From This Man?

Rob Lowe turned 50 last week.  Surprising, isn’t it?  But not half as surprising as what I’m about to suggest.  Here goes…I think we should all start taking parenting advice from Rob Lowe. “What?”  That’s what you’re thinking right now, … Continue reading

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Big Brother is Watching You (and so are Mom and Dad)

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected sites in a half-dozen states across the country to test unmanned aircraft systems, or drones.  It’s all part of a plan to eventually allow widespread use of drones in our domestic airspace.  … Continue reading

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