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Giving Dad The Credit He’s Due

Lifestyle By October 6, 2015 No Comments

So often we moms get all the credit for kids who grow up to become wonderful people. Today, I would like to consider the dad part of the parenting formula, in particular, the father of my children.

My first thoughts are memories of how nervous he was throughout my first pregnancy. He would channel all of his nervous energy to setting up the nursery. He would paint walls and painstakingly paint and detail the trim. He would immerse himself in his music and assemble cribs, bassinets and all sorts of baby gadgets.


Hold The Mayo!

Lifestyle By August 19, 2015 No Comments

As my husband and I grow older, we attempt to age gracefully. One method we practice is healthy eating. It has recently been brought to my attention as I slathered mayonnaise on my sandwich that I really should be paying more attention to the effect condiments may be having on my health. “Condiments?” I asked, incredulously. I mean, seriously, we’re only talking about a tablespoon here or a tablespoon there of this or that. Is it really that important? Well, after I became a little more informed I discovered that, yes, it is really that important.


Advice From Centenarians

Lifestyle By July 3, 2015 No Comments

What are the secrets to long life? With advanced medical technology and all the advice of nutritionists and health experts, it would seem like it shouldn’t be such a big mystery. However, whenever someone turns one hundred years old, there is some journalist somewhere in the world who makes headline news writing about it. So, living long is still a very big deal. What makes centenarians so special?


I’m The Fat Sister

Lifestyle By June 24, 2015 No Comments

It seems I’m fat because I’m the oldest of four daughters. Just another reason to hate my baby sister. I don’t really hate her, but it makes for a good read to say something so obnoxious. It is true. I am fatter than my youngest sister. In fact, I’m fatter than all of my sisters. I just thought it was because I was older and when they reached the age I am now they would achieve the same level of fatness. Now that I’ve read the new findings from a study at the University of Auckland, I have discovered that I will always be the fattest simply because I am the oldest.


Backpack Blues

Lifestyle By May 28, 2015 No Comments

My kids have gone back to school and I fully expect my eighth grader to come down with a serious case of scoliosis by the Christmas holidays. I mean, what is up with schools expecting these kids to haul around backpacks that feel as if they are loaded down with about half a dozen bricks? At least if the kids are expected to do this kind of weightlifting all day they could load their lousy school lunches with more carbs and protein.