Gwen Rockwood

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Store swticheroo sends shopper into tailspin

Subscriber onlyI just got home from a trip to the Walmart Supercenter, where a kid had thrown up on the cereal aisle, and that's not the worst thing that happened. Continue reading...

I'll tumble for you: Hang it up, or else

Subscriber onlyI walked into the laundry room and stopped short -- as if someone had slapped my face upon entry. Continue reading...

He talks funny

North, South get married

Subscriber onlyWhen Tom and I started dating 20 years ago, I had to prepare my parents for meeting him. "Tom is great, but he talks funny," I said. Continue reading...

When trick-or-treaters turn into trick-or-teenagers

Subscriber onlyA baby's first Halloween is kind of a big deal, if you ask his or her mama. I can't remember lots of things -- my iTunes password, my kid's current shoe size, and I occasionally forget my exact age and have to subtract my birth year from the current year just to figure it out. But even though it has been a decade or more since it happened, I can tell you what costumes my three kids wore for their first Halloweens. Continue reading...

The lessons parents wish they didn't need to teach

Subscriber onlyIn the days after the Las Vegas shooting -- the deadliest mass shooting in American history -- I read an article that details expert advice on what regular people should do if we find ourselves in a situation with an active shooter. After reading it, I hovered my finger over the "share" button as I debated about whether or not to send it to my two oldest kids, ages 15 and 13. These were not the lessons I ever planned on sharing with them. Continue reading...

Life with puppy is heart-melting and maddening

Subscriber onlyI have a new paper shredder in my home office. It's quite effective and works at lightning speed. The only drawback is that I have to feed it twice a day, take it out in the backyard so it can poop and give it a bath when it gets smelly. The shredder also chooses for himself which things to shred and doesn't wait for authorization from his supervisor -- which makes me wonder who's the real boss around here, me or him. Continue reading...

The big finish

What happens to un-chased goal?

Subscriber onlyIn last week's column, I admitted to avoiding a book on my nightstand -- a book I was afraid to start reading for fear of not finishing it. What would be so bad about not finishing a book, you ask? The name of the book is Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done, by Jon Acuff. You see the irony now, right? Continue reading...

Living scatterbrain shame

Picking up the book I’ve been avoiding

Subscriber onlyThere's a book on my nightstand right now, waiting for me, highlighter at the ready. I was so excited when I first heard about the book that I pre-ordered it months before it even hit bookshelves. Now, it's been here for almost a week, bathed in that wonderful "new book smell," but I find myself avoiding it for the worst reasons. Continue reading...

Technology: The cookies are watching

Subscriber onlyLast week, while shopping at a department store, I visited the ladies room. It was one of those rare times when the restroom was totally silent and empty, except for me. As I was tucking in my shirt and refastening my belt, I nearly jumped out of my jeans when I heard what sounded like a bomb go off behind me. Continue reading...

Fruity dreams: We don't always pick what we plant

Subscriber onlyMy husband has a thing for green apples, which is why he planted an apple tree in our yard two years ago. It was a tiny little tree when we bought it, but it finally grew enough to produce fruit. Tom was excited the first time he spotted the blooms and the beginning of what would become our first bucket of apples. Continue reading...

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