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Want to see my spices?

January change feels like successful life makeover

Subscriber onlyI don't have it all together and, most of the time, I feel like an imposter pretending to be a grown-up. But you'd never know it by looking at my spice cabinet. Continue reading...

A lesson gone viral

Time on bathroom floor leads to reflection on health

Subscriber onlyA not-so-festive thing happened during Christmas break. One morning, as soon as my feet hit the bedroom floor, a foreboding feeling crawled up from the pit of my stomach and told me to get to the bathroom -- fast. Continue reading...

A year in need of hope

Subscriber onlyI'm grateful Christmas comes at the end of the year. Because this year, more so than others in recent memory, has been rough. Christmas helps people remember, that even in the midst of tragedies, there is still reason for joy. Lately, it feels like our world is overdue for a little joy. Continue reading...

Under cover operation

Nighttime goes to the dogs

Subscriber onlyLast summer, I banished the dog from our bedroom at night. We'd been letting him sleep on a chair by our bed, but he started stirring around and making noise at 2 a.m. each night. So I took Charlie and his doggie bed downstairs to the sunroom and explained, that at my age, I need all the beauty sleep I can get. Continue reading...

Homework debate: Hassle or helpful?

Subscriber onlyWhen I pick up our three kids from school, I ask two questions as soon as they get in the car. The first is "How did it go today?" The answers range anywhere from a grunt, to a "Fine," to a lengthy blow-by-blow of the day's events, depending on which kid I'm asking and how much he or she is willing to indulge Mom's curiosity on any given day. Continue reading...

Lightning strikes too close to home

Subscriber onlyIt was a dark and stormy night last month. Tom was out of town on business, and the kids and I were home watching television. Suddenly, we heard a loud crack while a bright white light flashed out from behind the flat-screen television mounted on the living room wall. Continue reading...

Smart phones have become digital dictators

Smart phones have become digital dictators

Subscriber onlyDo you remember that old game kids played in elementary school called "Simon Says"? One person (who plays the role of Simon) stands in front of a row of kids and calls out commands like "Touch your ear" or "Take three steps forward." Continue reading...

Reunited, and it feels so good

Reunited, and it tastes so good

Subscriber onlyWhen the staff at my nearest Chick-fil-A started calling me by name, I knew I'd probably crossed the line from "frequent guest" into "tea addict" or "chicken stalker" status. Continue reading...

Writer does battle with rebel rib

Writer does battle with rebel rib

Subscriber onlyIt happened again. It started out as an occasional twinge of discomfort between my shoulder blades, just a little to the right of my spine. Continue reading...

Child of the 80s reunites with favorite

Child of the 80s reunites with favorite

Subscriber onlyI walked into a children's museum recently and saw something that made me instantly happy. On one wall was a giant version of one of the best toys of all time -- the Lite-Brite. I rushed over to pick up a giant plastic peg, put it into one of the round holes on the black wall and watched it light up in a brilliant red. "Yes!" I said as I stood back to marvel at the sheer size of it. I was suddenly awash in every good childhood memory from the 1980s. Continue reading...

The face of diversity

Acne attacks

Subscriber onlyTeenagers have it rough. Sometimes I tell our teenager that, even though I'm a couple decades past that phase of my life, I remember it well -- especially the acne. Continue reading...

Procrastinate like a professional

In three easy yet excruciating steps

Subscriber onlyLet's just call it what it is. You're putting it off. Avoiding. Dodging. Hiding. Running. It has many names, but the most popular one -- procrastination -- makes it sound fancier than it deserves. Continue reading...

What's for dinner?

They’ll have two of everything

Subscriber onlyThere's one question that haunts me. I can't shake it. No matter how many times I answer, it comes back for more, more, more: "What's for dinner?" Continue reading...

Under construction

Pardon mess while we make things better

Subscriber onlyWhen I turn out of my neighborhood and get to the first stoplight, I have to choose. Continue reading...

Household memo: Regarding the logistics of dirty dishes

Regarding the logistics of dirty dishes

Subscriber onlyTo Whom It May Concern (and you know who you are): Continue reading...

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