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My tendency to mislabel my kids surfaced when our middle child was less than a year old. She knew her own mind from the moment she arrived on the planet, but she wasn’t talking yet. more
Just when parents shiver with excitement because school is back in session, a sneaky little thing happens. Normally happy children come home all droopy. Worn out is one thing, but what if kids get a little hostile, too? Smart parents immediately ask perceptive questions. more
It is a story from decades ago that I’ve retold countless times. Its punchline--wadded up into a few words--sums up the conundrums that hit us daily with tornadic force. more
Authorities usually offer specifics when asked about origins of expressions. “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” however, is not one of them. Attempts to pinpoint its first use are baffling to some and invite “waffling” for others. Most linguists agree that the idiom began as a French expression in the mid-19th century. Hardliners maintain that its genesis is biblical, birthed by the scripture about “nothing being new under the sun.” more
I want to thank the wise young mom who brought the question all parents of future leaders ask about our strong-willed children. “I’m a mild-mannered person who has an extremely strong-willed children. How do I cope?” more
They were called “greasy spoons,” those folksy diners of yesteryear. Printed menus were limited, but waitpersons had their slang menu “down pat.” The one I remember best had a single line of stools, and patrons typically waited in outdoor lines for weekday “lunch runs.” more
In the classroom for 34 years, Sarah Ward is ready to expand her garden, grow day lilies and enjoy life at her own pace. She is retiring from Whitehouse High School after teaching Spanish and a little French there for 20 years. more
When folks strive greatly to take from life what matters most--learning along the way that it’s mostly about giving--phrases like “giant strides” or “standing tall” come into play. It seems … more
“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.” +++ more
It is not every day that your teacher sets his arm on fire in class, on purpose. It was certainly a lesson that will be talked about for some time. more
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