Love & Family

Skiing the Conditions of Parenthood

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger About 15 years ago, I wrote a column about my boys and the day one of our gerbils died. Like most stories I wrote about my sons, it taught me a great deal about them, even more about myself and about why most of what I often […]

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Would You Trade Your Tomorrows?

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t. That theory appeared years ago in one of my columns, and as it turns out, I wasn’t alone in my thinking. Sometime […]

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Happy 2015!

Happy New Year, everyone! What are some of your dreams for 2015?   Print PDFRelated Posts:Maria’s Five Favorites: New Year, New You!12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 12A New Year’s Day Tradition: Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes & Sauerkraut

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‘Amazing’ Is in the Eye of the Beholder

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Many things sound so much better in theory than they turn out to be in reality. Unfortunately, you usually can’t tell if that’s the case until you’re in the midst of the experience. Then it begins to dawn on you that, in fact, you’re in a bleak […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I wish you all a healthy, healing and happy holiday. —Maria Print PDFRelated Posts:Merry Christmas!Why I Love a Good SnowstormHappy 2015!

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The Power of Giving

  This time of year is all about giving. And getting. We make our lists, check them twice, and hope that something resembling stuff we want shows up in our lives on Christmas morning. And we also hope that our loved ones don’t give us a fake, “I love it!” or worse, a sincere, “You […]

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My Christmas Playlist

My Christmas Playlist As you know, we love music in our house. And Christmas is a time when all our quirky genres get festive together in a happy family mix of wonderfulness. Happy, music-filled holidays! 1. Christmas Time Is Here/Vince Guaraldi Trio My little one is learning this one in school, so her little voice […]

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Holiday Craft: Decorating with Repurposed Jars

  by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer As I was cleaning my fridge one wintry day, I discovered a mass of spoiled olives, jellies, and other suspicious matter in jars. After emptying and cleaning the jars up, and because I like to recycle in creative ways, I made them into holiday jars filled with pine-scented […]

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