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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...

A tale of two trips

What a difference a decade makes

Subscriber only"It was the loudest of times, it was a stretch of silence. It was the age of babies, it was the epoch of earbuds." Continue reading...

Late-night love

Confessions of a love story addict

Subscriber onlyI did it again last night -- stayed up way too late in the name of love. A rerun of a romantic comedy I've seen at least eight times came on televison, and even though I can lip-sync all the important lines, I watched until the ending credits rolled. Continue reading...

Saved by soup

Bad day turns around with a good bite

Subscriber onlyThis morning was one of those mornings. I woke up with the kind of headache that's just annoying enough to keep me slightly on edge. I went through the usual routine -- dropped the kids off at school and then started the day's work. Continue reading...

The salad struggle is real

Lunch entree isn’t making the cut

Subscriber onlyA few days ago, my friend Shannon and I went to lunch. In an attempt to change our ways and counterbalance the sugar-laden excesses of the holidays, we ordered salads. Continue reading...

Mom enjoys trip down digital memory lane

Subscriber onlyIf you're on Facebook or save digital pictures online, you probably get the same emails I do -- the ones that show photo memories taken on the same calendar date several years ago. Continue reading...

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...

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