Things I Learned From The Family Reunion

I learned all kinds of crazy things about my family from my family reunion. Somebody made a disc of pictures from my great-grandmother, and that was pretty instructive too. 1. My ancestors on my mother’s side came from Norway, where they probably farmed rocks. Or maybe they herded rocks. Every single picture taken in Norway…
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Skeptical Buffalo: A Dieting Book For Six-Year-Olds?

A dieting book geared toward kids ages 6-12 is provoking controversy online. The author apparently wanted to help kids address their problems. Unfortunately, what he actually did was illustrate a story in which: 1. Getting made fun of on a regular basis prompts a child to make a positive lifestyle change. There are no consequences…
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Two Weddings And A Blessing

My cousin got married two weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for one of his weddings (that’s me on the far left, there). Yes, one of the weddings–there were two. Both weddings were pretty traditional and both of them were lots of fun. Now before you get any crazy ideas…
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Kids And Safety

I am not a parent. To some people, this would automatically exclude me from having any sort of a valid opinion about children, so just keep it in mind when you click on the following links. Which I do not necessarily endorse, except as food for thought. Can a playground be too safe? wonders the…
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Celebrating Things That Go Bump In The Night

From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! — Traditional proverb I’ve always liked Halloween, even though it involved wearing approximately 10 layers of clothing and wandering around half-blind in the snow for hours on end, followed by watchful parents in a cozy van.…
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