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Keep Smiling!

November 4, 2013 It was Thanksgiving and the unthinkable happened. The turkey exploded — KABOOM! — in mid-baking, and we were forbidden to acknowledge it. more »»

Kids' Clubs Help Keep Summer Interesting

July 5, 2013 Bummer! This year the money tree didn’t produce. But wait — the weather man reports imbedded thunderstorms. Your heart skips, and you sing a chorus of “Pennies from Heaven.” No pennies, just rain. more »»

The Three-a-Day Club

May 6, 2013 Calendar alert! How many Mondays are left in the school year? In the blink of an eye school is out. more »»

In Search of ... Imagination

April 2, 2013 When do kids leave the land of imagination and plant both feet firmly in reality? Is it at 5 or 6 or maybe 7 years? Little ones have big imaginations and if we follow them, they will lead us into... more »»

The Mud Crazies

March 11, 2013 Sometime between the winter blahs and spring fever, the mud crazies slide in, and we are knee deep in icky gooey mud season. Not coincidentally, television commercials mirror the seasonal horror. more »»

Mrs. Winkler's Chain Gang

January 7, 2013 Snow and more snow. Before bed the kids are like lightning bugs as they flick the outside light on-off-on-off to check the ruler that measures snow depth. Yes ... more »»

Conventional wisdom Vs. Secret knowledge

October 1, 2012 So after you child has given you cardiac arrest darting into the street for the soccer ball, you decide it is time to review street safet. more »»

School Bells Are Ringing: Supply Lists from Colonial Times

September 5, 2012 “But Ma, this pumpkin’s too tight. It’s squeezing my head.” “Be still while I cut your hair. more »»

Who's Afraid of a Big, Bad Storm?

July 5, 2012 With beach towels as capes and goggles on their heads, the kids dance in their flip-flops all the way to the community pool gate. more »»

Hello Spring!

April 5, 2012 Spring arrives on her schedule. We mortals want specifics, so we watch for signs. We wait for news on Feb. 2 of one lone groundhog in Pennsylvania. more »»

'What Stinks?' Teaching Children Manners

March 2, 2012 “Yuck, what stinks?” your cherub whines. After a long day your joy of cooking a “fresh from scratch” supper disappears. It’s tempting to come back with a litany of unpleasant comments. more »»

Who Knew Lint Was So Useful?

January 5, 2012 Frugal, thrifty or cheap ... which one describes you? Consider the power of words in shaping our perceptions of ourselves and other. more »»

Simply Sweet (Ideas for Using Honey)

December 6, 2011 Toothbrush alert! Right now the sugar season is in full swing. Years ago in his naive yet not-so-subtle way, our family dentist had a holiday sugar awareness program. more »»

The Tale of Jack and His Lantern

September 30, 2011 The pumpkin is carved, the candle is carefully balanced inside and voila! That plain old field pumpkin is now a decorative jack o’lantern. more »»

Merrily We Roll Along

September 8, 2011 There is nothing like a good parade to lift our spirits. more »»

A Razzmatazzberry Time

July 7, 2011 Mr. Turtle pokes his head up through the wild strawberry leaves. more »»

Jump Into Summer

May 3, 2011 Homemade blueberry pie, freshly squeezed lemonade and vine-ripened tomatoes. Summer has arrived. It’s 8:30 in the morning. Yes, you have time to sip tea and read the entire morning paper. more »»

A Penny for Your Thoughts

April 4, 2011 Here’s a thought. more »»

Use Your Noodle

March 7, 2011 Hurry up, Spring! Winter has hung around so long that even my family’s favorite pasta supper is ho-hum. I’ve made salads, casseroles, and tossed pasta with everything. more »»

A Hum-Bug Free Christmas

December 3, 2010 “Bah! Humbug!” Ebenezer Scrooge said at thoughts of Christmas merrymaking Remember Scrooge, the miserly old man in Charles Dickens’ holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol”? Through “supernatural... more »»

 
 

 

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