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Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving and G is home from school for a few days. That’s a good thing. Food is bought and preparations are nearly done to put together the traditional meal. Tomorrow, like most, we’ll gather

Understated, but Potter-mania nonetheless

Our house has grown up with Harry Potter. C was 10 when “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit the U.S. He ate it up and looked forward to each new book. We added each novel to our library and

In search of a hobby

I need a hobby. I used to have them. I played a couple of instruments, attended exercise classes on a regular basis, I read voraciously, crocheted, and admittedly, even played Dungeons and Dragons

Mandatory conversation?

Sometimes I wonder whether all of today’s technology ends up hurting us in the long run. Specifically, it seems that our communication skills are on the decline — and I worry that that includes me!

New appliance fever

There’s a new refrigerator scheduled to show up at my house today and I am so excited about it, it worries me. Is it normal to have so much enthusiasm for a household appliance? Or is it yet another

Teens and online privacy

How many of you are Facebook friends with your older kids? We’ve had a disagreement about this in our house lately. I think I should have access to see what my kids are posting online (I do with two

Doing our part for democracy

Another election has come and gone and I feel good about it for reasons that have nothing to do with anybody who won or lost. When I showed up at my polling place, it was the first time I saw not only

An eager driver-to-be

Sometimes I feel like I’m the last to know in my house. Most recent case-in-point: My husband took our 15-year-old daughter out for a drive — where he let her drive. This happened a few weeks ago when

Raiding the Halloween candy

My neighborhood is a big one for trick-or-treating. It’s usual for us to get several hundred kids on Halloween. So I usually start buying candy a month or so before the big event. Buying a few bags
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Making progress on the progress reports

Does your child’s school mail home progress reports? My daughter’s does. I don’t find them particularly helpful, however. “A pleasure to have in class.” “Doing good work.” “Inconsistent results on