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Posted Jun 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

“What do you think this is?” my husband asked me, pointing to his elbow.“That is your elbow,” I stated matter-of-factly.“No, these red spots,” he responded.“Those are red spots,” I replied.He sighed. “I know they’re red spots. What do you think they’re from?”I took a closer look at the constellation of red bumps on his forearm just below his elbow.

Posted Jun 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Running criticism of children, parents and contemporary child-rearing is a familiar theme in much commentary on social issues. Lately, there seems to be an explosion of hand-wringing about young adulthood, its problems and failures. The implication...

Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 8:23 PM

Incredible ways to celebrate the summer solstice—the first official day of summer AND the "longest" day of the year.

Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM

A letter to my cocker spaniel:

Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 6:12 AM

Holy crap, we’re an inch away from summer starting! So you know what that means. It means that the dependable 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. routine that’s occupied our kids for the last 180 days is going away. That beautiful thing we call school that fills...

Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 8:22 PM

Dig deep this Father's Day.

Posted Jun 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

When I was a little girl, I had this great doll called Crissy. I didn’t name her – that was the name she came with - so everyone who had a Crissy doll called their doll Crissy which made for some pretty confusing playdates, but that’s beside the...

Posted Jun 15, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Over the weekend I was invited to a breakfast/brunch by a middle-school child as part of her school assignment. The assignment was to prepare a balanced meal for family or guest using one or more of the recipes learned in class. The student could...

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 7:42 AM

Father’s Day is always an interesting day for me. As it approaches every year, I’m always a little funky in my head and in my heart as I anticipate the day. That’s because I lost my dad back in the late ’70s when I was only 10. So, naturally,...

Posted Jun 9, 2015 at 11:01 PM

For about 10 years, a mallard couple would arrive annually each April and paddle about for a bit in our pool until some deep duck instinct instinct or our dog Riley barking convinced them to leave for greener pastures, or bluer ponds, as the case...

Posted Jun 8, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Controversy about the educational system has focused on the grade school years through high school. The concern on the one hand is the idea that the achievement levels as measured do not match either what is required for success in the modern world...

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