Tag Archive 'family'

The Avengers

If you haven’t seen the newly released movie, The Avengers, make sure it’s on your list of must-see movies when it comes out on DVD. Glen took the kids and me to see it last night for Mother’s Day. It was, as are all comic book hero movies, full of action and adventure, but what […]

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My list of gratitude

Every once in awhile, someone on my writer’s board starts a “gratitude thread.” We have an assortment of positive and negative posts, but sometimes the negative ones seem to far outnumber the positive and that’s when a gratitude thread takes form. In that vein, I’m starting a gratitude thread here because thinking about what I’m […]

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There are many people I know who hate leftovers. Me? I’m Leftovers’ Number One Fan. Leftovers = me not having to plan another meal! I’ve said before how much I detest meal planning. I don’t mind the actual preparation, for some reason — it’s the figuring out WHAT to prepare that stumps me every time. […]

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New Year, New Priorities

Happy 2011! My parents, sisters and I have been discussing the meaning of happiness lately. With a variety of ideas tossed back and forth, I think my sister put it best, at least for me, when she said, “…contentment ultimately is much nicer than happiness, the pursuit of which paradoxically only leads to unhappiness.” Happiness, […]

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Blog burn-out

Well, not so much burn-out as just plain not having enough time. I’ve thought of subjects galore on which to blog, but have had neither time nor energy to get it done. I have giveaways to hold, stories to relate, input to receive, pearls of wisdom to impart, and I will. Eventually. Some time. Because […]

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As my loyal readers know, I have long been a fan of LeapFrog products, so when the public relations folks at LeapFrog chose me as one of their reviewers for the as-yet-unreleased Leapster Explorer, I was thrilled. It’s absolutely awesome. All four of my kids, ages 6-11, have been using it and they love it, […]

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Memorial Day poems

Rachel and Andie read the poems they wrote for Veteran’s Day at tonight’s community Memorial Day program, so I thought it would be fitting to share them with you as well, on this day when we remember those who have fought to get and keep our freedoms. Serving Our Veterans Piece By Piece By Rachel […]

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Efficiency vs. order

One of my favorite books as a child was my mom’s first- or second-edition, beat-up copy of Cheaper by the Dozen. If you’ve never read this gem, published in the 1940s, it’s a real laugh-out-loud family classic that should be at the top of the list of books you read to your kids. “Dad,” the […]

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The burial

This morning we finally buried my former mother-in-law, Carmen. It was a hot, blustery morning and the small country cemetery was green and pretty. The service was low-key, simple and short, and afterward, five of Carmen’s grandsons, ages 2-7, diligently helped their grandpa throw shovelfuls of dirt into her grave. When she died in early […]

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I’m getting tired. It’s really hard to think of something to blog about EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Rain or shine. Feel like blogging or not. Dead tired or jacked up. Last night, I fell asleep on the couch in the middle of writing my blog post and didn’t wake up for another couple hours. Still, as […]

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