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An Unexpected Gift

December 4, 2013 I have received an unexpected gift this year. I’m not talking about a “thing.” What I’m talking about is a special gift for which I have been pining since I was 11 or 1. more »»

Why I love Thanksgiving

November 4, 2013 I have written before about my love for the Thanksgiving holiday. For one, it’s a no-gift holiday. I like giving and getting gifts, but it’s nice not to have that added expense and stress. more »»

Bullying Is About More Than the Bully

October 1, 2013 There has been an ongoing national discussion about bullying in recent years, stemming in part from more instances of bullying behavior being captured on video and several highly publicized suicides... more »»

Navigating this crazy life

September 5, 2013 Some of my distant cousins were waxing nostalgic at a family reunion this summer, animatedly discussing an absent cousin’s driving fiascos as a teen. more »»

Grow your family's experiences

July 5, 2013 Summer is a time of growing, not just in our gardens but in the minds of our children. more »»

You are not alone. You belong.

May 2, 2013 Dear Readers, So, last month I extolled the virtues of my new hero, Glennon Doyle Melton, a mommy blogger at www.Momastery. more »»

Bright Spot in My Work Life: Glennon Doyle Melton interview

April 2, 2013 The highlight of my year so far at work (and after last month's Editor's Journal, you know I needed a bright spot) was the chance to do a phone interview with Glennon Doyle Melton, purveyor of love,... more »»

On priorities ...

March 11, 2013 The way things have been going here, it’s a miracle I was able to stop my head from spinning long enough to write this column! Sometimes life speeds up to a pace that’s more Danica Patrick, less... more »»

Hopes, Wishes and Aspirations for 2013

January 7, 2013 It’s a new year, and I have some hopes, wishes and aspirations I’d like to share. In 2013, I am seeking to laugh more. For starters, I want to improve my ability to laugh at mysel. more »»

Make Giving a Habit, Not Just a Tradition

December 3, 2012 Dear Readers, There is a lot of hubbub this time of year surrounding family holiday tradition. more »»

November 2012 — Developing gratitude

November 6, 2012 Gratitude does not come naturally. We are not born with a thankfulness reflex. We don’t automatically feel a sense of indebtedness to any person or thing. more »»

October 2012: Making Memories

October 1, 2012 Ah, fall. more »»

The More Things Change ...

September 5, 2012 The more things change, the more they stay the same! Looking at these two pictures of my daughter, Emma, I can’t help but laugh. more »»

Summer Scrooge? Editor's Journal — June/July 2012

July 5, 2012 Summertime is a great change of pace for most families. more »»

Tot Trot Set; Honoring Parents

May 3, 2012 I have so much I want to fit in this teensy space, I’m just going to get right to it. more »»

Spring makes me happy

April 4, 2012 Spring has sprung, and I couldn’t be happier. more »»

Editor's Journal March 2012 — Shoot!

March 1, 2012 We never know when our children are going to do something dangerous, stupid or that will cause us, others or the child embarrassment or, worse, harm. more »»

All You Need Is Love

January 5, 2012 Dear Readers, Have you ever had a “love” contest with one of your children? In my family, it goes something like this: Emma: Mama, I love you as big as the ocean! Me: Well, I love you all the way to... more »»

Over the river and through the woods ...

December 6, 2011 Are your traveling during the holidays this year? I mean, a bit farther than just “over the river and through the woods”? Well, to Grandmother’s house our family went over Thanksgiving weekend —... more »»

Thoughts on buying local

November 4, 2011 This month’s edition of OV Parent is an eclectic one — themes include adoption, because it is National Adoption Month, birthdays, Thanksgiving and, for the first time, a holiday gift guid. more »»



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