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    Happiness,  Parenting,  Special Topics

    Big, Tacky Gifts

    One of my guilty pleasures is giving big, tacky gifts to the pre-schoolers in my life.  I’m not talking about the latest, greatest Black Friday Cyber Monday “must have.” I’m also not talking about a ton of money. To get really big and really tacky? It’s time to think outside the box. Of course it helps if that box is huge — either a decorated furniture box or a plastic storage bin, preferably in a fluorescent color, never to be found in nature. [Tweet “I love…

  • Parenting,  Special Topics

    A Little Valentine Curiosity

    Curiosity attack. I just looked up the history of Valentine’s Day and discovered that it is rooted in an ancient Roman fertility celebration called Lupercalia. (I think I hope this is true, lol.) Apparently, it was reinvented by Pope Gelasius somewhere around  496,  when he declared February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day. Maybe I rely on Google far too much but I love indulging my curiosity and being able to search for anything at any time…. I’m  a big fan of the doodles, too!  Enjoy. 12…

  • Parenting

    Holiday Gifts and the “Magic Ingredient”

    It seems that that the pressures that have been squeezing parents for the past couple of years may have started to focus us in a way that is actually good for our kids. When it comes to gifts, is the scarcity of Zhu Zhu Hamsters a blessing in disguise? I just finished assembling my all time favorite gift of a 4-year-old (she’s brilliant but she can’t read yet– it’s a dress-up box!) Why is it a favorite? It’s a great ‘return on investment’ — inexpensive and,…

  • Special Topics

    I am grateful….

    …for family, friends, health and happiness of course. I’m grateful for people who read my work or listen to my talks and tell me what they think! I’m grateful for the people that this job allows me to meet…. and the ones who stay in touch. Here are some updates about a few of those people…. Tim Vandehey, editor and friend, has a new blog for writers. Tom Tuohy and Dreams for Kids continue to grow and flourish. Tina Binheimer rescues German Shepherd dogs and retrains…