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Hikes and Imaginary Bears

Hikes and Imaginary Bears

This week, I’m going to keep things short and simple, like the 0.7 mile hike I went on “to the lakeshore.” Only it turned out the hike wasn’t short or simple. Somebody moved the decimal place on me. There have been world wars shorter than that hike. The life span of a Galapagos turtle is [...]

Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Colour of Magic’

Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Colour of Magic’

It is has been a little while since a book has literally made me laugh out loud, so I was surprised when I picked up Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic, which is book one of the Discworld series. The Colour of Magic is, in many ways, a spoof of everything fantasy nerds love, be [...]

Royals Visit Memphis for Wedding

Royals Visit Memphis for Wedding

Darlings, my goodness, how the world is such a small place for Prince William! Three weeks of a non-stop royal tour in Australia and only back in merry ole England for a few days, his bags are packed once again for a grand wedding in Memphis, Tennessee. Prince William must have the stamina of a [...]

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This dip is always a crowd pleaser. The saltiness of the cheeses pairs well with the tanginess of the artichokes. Serve this dip with tortilla chips or veggie sticks or stuff into mushrooms before baking.   Ingredients 1 14 oz can artichoke hearts 1 cup chopped fresh spinach 4 oz cream cheese ⅔ cup mayonnaise [...]

Do Dogs Understand Us?

Do Dogs Understand Us?

Have you ever wondered whether your dog understands what you’re saying, but has trouble with nuance and context? What if they get it but they take it all super duper serious. Say, for instance, you say, “If that dog catches a rabbit, I’m gonna have a cow.” The dog could be totally freaked out by [...]

The Season of Bridal Showers

June is the month of weddings, which makes May the month of bridal showers. Both giving many opportunities for memories. I often wondered how these events began. I had heard stories about poundings for brides beginning a new life without pantry goods and always assumed this to be the origin of bridal showers. But, I [...]

Signs of Hearing Loss

Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect your child’s ability to develop speech, language, and social skills. Early detection and intervention is important. If you suspect your child has hearing loss, trust your instincts and speak with your child’s doctor. Signs and symptoms of hearing loss are different for each child. Look for the following signs, even if [...]

She Wears a Smile

She Wears a Smile

Darlings, last week my article was about a friend of mine who is an overwhelming inspiration for women. Her accomplishments for the needs of humanity are constant and her ability to understand with great compassion is most remarkable. She has raised over 8 million dollars for the education of the arts and charities that help [...]

Jefferson Bass’ ‘Bones of Betrayal’

Jefferson Bass’ ‘Bones of Betrayal’

I always appreciate a good mystery, and I love books that have convincing forensics in the plot, so you can imagine how happy I was to pick up a copy of Jefferson Bass’ (a writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson) Bones of Betrayal. Bones of Betrayal follows Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist, [...]

Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing Loss in Children

Two to 3 children out of 1,000 in the U.S. are born deaf or with some loss of hearing, according to the National Institutes of Health. Any kind of early hearing loss can be a serious problem. It can affect language development. There are three types of hearing loss, Conductive hearing loss is due to [...]

My Nighttime Guest

Sunday is family day at my house. And, this Sunday, as usual, my children and their families gathered to see what wonderful (?) meal I had prepared for them. I often use them as guinea pigs, as I try out recipes found on Facebook. Some are good, some not so good, but the real event [...]

What NOT To Do While Taking Tests

What NOT To Do While Taking Tests

Once again, test week is upon us and anxiety is reaching a crescendo better than Wagner blaring out of mounted speakers on an Army green helicopter. (I’ll take Vietnam for 200, Alex, and hope I get the Common Core Daily Double.) Children are stressed. Parents have their last nerve firmly pressed between the thumb and [...]

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna

My family loves zucchini. We like it sautéed, fried, grilled – any way you cook it, we’ll eat it. When I came across an idea for zucchini lasagna, replacing the pasta in traditional lasagna with zucchini slices, I knew I had to try it. This recipe resulted in a fantastic dish that will definitely be [...]

Easter Kickball with the Thunderfoot

Easter Kickball with the Thunderfoot

Easter Sunday I was challenged to a game of kickball. Perhaps the gauntlet was thrown because my ball kicking talents are legendary. In New York, for instance, they call me London since that’s how far I kick a ball. In London, it gets more confusing and nicknames range from Bombay, Marco Polo, and Nova Scotia [...]

Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

My daughter loves to eat mushrooms. Any way you make them, she will eat them. Lately, she’s been eating them raw straight from the fridge. When I came across a recipe for cheese and bacon stuffed mushrooms, I knew it would be a huge hit with her. This version is simple to make and oh [...]

Child Common Core

Child Common Core

The Common Core, due to be fully implemented in the next school year, was developed by the National Governor’s Association, a private organization, with funding from the Gates Foundation, with no public debate about the standards. States adopted the Common Core as part of the “Race to the Top” initiative of the Department of Education, [...]