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Just plain wrong

Only one food fusion works for ’80s child

Subscriber onlyWhen it comes to what I eat, there's one rule I almost never break -- no food in my food. Simply put, it means I don't mix things. Gravy and mashed potatoes are about the only two substances I allow to co-mingle on a dinner plate. Continue reading...

Teenage tunnel

Patient mother waits on other side for child to grow

Subscriber onlyIt's happening. I've seen the symptoms before, so it's easier to diagnose it this time. And even though I know what it is, and I know it's not permanent, it's still unsettling. My kid -- my sweet, kind-hearted middle kid, who always loved a good hug and thought I was smart and funny -- has become a teenager. Continue reading...

Won't wear off

Couple faces sore spots

Subscriber onlyMost men don't fully understand this, but sometimes a woman walks into a room in her house and knows, with certainty, that something has GOT to change. It happened to me when I walked into the guest room and realized I was sick of the varying degrees of beige in there. It felt dull, lifeless. Continue reading...

Woman versus machines

Household electronics work only for males

Subscriber onlySometimes I yell at inanimate objects. Usually it's one of the electronics -- the printer, computer, television, garage door, microwave and even the remote control. And the question I yell most often is this: "Why do you hate me?" Continue reading...

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...

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...

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