Family

20 Not-Stupid Questions to Ask Your Kids over the Holidays

There is nothing like a holiday to bring people together. And once you’re together, you have to converse. There is a whole list of typical questions we ask our kids at some times: What’s your favorite subject in school? How are things going? But there is a subtle art to going deeper—to finding those brilliant […]

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Our Lingering Selves

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger We’re in the midst of “the travel season,” the final six weeks of the year. Although my own holiday travel won’t involve more than a drive out of state, I find myself thinking about this Helen Bevington quote: “I have learned this strange thing, too, about travel: […]

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Coming Home

In the past few weeks I’ve traveled to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Philadelphia, New York City (many times), and Maine (for college visits). While all my travels were amazing and inspiring, and I have no horror stories from the road (other than the strange fact that I constantly seemed just a few short steps […]

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10 Alternatives to Toxic GMO Trick-or-Treat Candy

It’s that time of year again…when little goblins come knocking at your door expecting sweets. I remember with my first child—32 FREAKIN’ years ago—I wished there were organic alternatives to the mainstream treats. But unless I was willing to hand out carob brownies (that no child in her right mind would eat), I was stuck. […]

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6 Toxic Chemicals Lurking in Baby Products

by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate According to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), “the EPA has determined that infants up to age 2 are, on average, 10 times more vulnerable to carcinogenic chemicals than adults, and from age 2 to 15 they are 3 times more vulnerable to carcinogens than […]

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Nothing Is Easy

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation was right. At least, it feels like it was right. Because 17 years ago we took it into our heads to wallpaper our foyer, living room, and dining room, then continue up the stairs into the second-floor hallway and then up more […]

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10 Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts

With the return of school comes the age-old question, “What do you want for breakfast?” We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—or at least it’s the first meal of the day, and the day always seems to go better when it starts with a good meal. I still remember […]

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As You Wish

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Like many people, I have a list of what I call “always-watchable” movies. When I come across one, I’ll stop on a favorite scene or two, or I’ll sometimes watch it from start to finish. Some of them even find their way into my Facebook posts from […]

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