Gwen Rockwood

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Wonder not forever

Taking a swim on memory lane

Subscriber onlyI read a magazine article recently about a new type of portable pool you can install in the back of a truck. It's called a "Pick-Up Pool," and it looks like a sleeker version of a waterproof mattress cover to fit perfectly in the back of a pickup truck. I can't wait to show the article to my dad, who was apparently way ahead of his time when, in the late 1970s, he turned his new dump truck into a swimming pool in our backyard. Continue reading...

Shopping cart envy: At least we have s'mores

Subscriber onlyI went to Wal-Mart yesterday while the kids were at school and glanced longingly over at the new, fun-size shopping carts lined up outside the automatic doors. Have you seen them yet? They're about half the size of the regular carts, and each has an upper and lower deck. Continue reading...

Quiz Bowl quality

Students face off brain to brain

Subscriber onlyOurs is not what you'd call a "sports family." We like to watch college football and basketball, and our kids compete in a few swim meets during the summer, but we're not hard-core about it. We don't take the kids to a practice every day, and we don't do travel teams. In the South, that almost makes us weird. Continue reading...

Good raising shows on the go

Subscriber onlyLast week, I wrote a column called, "Ways to know someone has been raised right," and I added three things to the list. Here are three more "raised right" behaviors I bet you've seen on the open road. Continue reading...

Those raised right take notice of others

Subscriber onlyWe went to dinner recently with my parents at a restaurant where you place an order at the counter and then get your own drink. Tom and I were pulling extra chairs up to a table for the seven of us, when we noticed a man put a cup of water down in front of my mother. He asked if she'd like a lemon, and she said "Yes, please," so he went back to the drink station and fetched a lemon wedge for her. Continue reading...

The big question: Lunch shouldn't be this hard

Subscriber onlyOf all the questions Americans grapple with, there's one that pops up more frequently than the rest: "Where do you want to go eat?" Continue reading...

Are we old enough to do this?

Subscriber onlyWell, we did it. We thought about it for a long time, but something always held us back -- vanity, frugality, perhaps a desperate grip on the last remaining scraps of our youth. But now that we've done it, we love it so much we don't even care what it says about us. We are the proud new owners of an adjustable bed. Continue reading...

Driver, riders post reviews of parent's car service

Subscriber onlyAs most parents know, one of the requirements of the job is to drive. Especially as kids get older and have more activities, the driving demands go way up. Continue reading...

Mixed breed, mixed results

Wrangling a dog’s wonderlust

Subscriber onlyPeople say, that not only do you start looking like your spouse over time, you also start looking like your dog. In an experiment, people can often match up dogs with their owners simply by looking at their pictures. And now, researchers say even our personalities mirror our dogs in significant ways. Continue reading...

Tribute to nimble thimble

Beloved token no longer will pass ‘Go’

Subscriber onlyAnother small piece of my childhood will soon be a victim of so-called progress. While reading the news last week, I stumbled across an article that said Hasbro, which makes the board game Monopoly, is retiring the thimble game token. Continue reading...

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