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Scared Straight

I’ve been wondering lately, why I have to scare the bejeezus out of my kids to get them to do anything. I have tried every approach in the book, but good old-fashioned, pee-in-your-pants fear is the one that gets ‘er…

Cuthbert’s Choice for the Oscars

This is the toughest year in the new century for Oscar picks. The nominees are incredibly good and with rare exception are films and performances that have been critically acclaimed without creating huge crowds at the box office. That said,…

Blizzard HEROISM

My parents live between 480 and 520 miles away from me, depending on the route you take if you drive there, as I often do. They live in Massachusetts, in a magical place called Cape Cod. However, during the recent…

Same Old Lang Syne

Theoretically, a new year should be filled with mystery about the great unknown for the 365 days ahead. But even with the big, blank canvas that is 2015, I realize there are some things that are just inevitable. I am…

Happy New Year

It’s gratitude time once again. Actually, every day should be gratitude time but I have to say, lately, I have not been very good at taking time each day to count my blessings. The results of this lack of discipline…

My Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to be totally panicked about gifts. Have no fear, I have compiled a list of items that caught my eye. All perfect for last minute gifting. You’re welcome in advance. Really, it is my honor: The NO…

Freedom of Speech, Nana Style

Censorship has always been an abhorrent notion to me. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, our basic right to express ourselves as we see fit— protected as it is by our Constitution—has always been one of the central joys…

Three Little Words

“Why?” This is the mantra of toddlers everywhere—and the bane of toddler parents everywhere. Although listening to the word “why” on continuous loop can try anyone’s patience, at this innocent stage of the game, the questions were pretty easy to…

Tree Magic

When I was a kid, the film “Swiss Family Robinson” enchanted me. I recall owning the book by Johann David Wyss, and I know I read it, but the movie captured my heart first. This was unusual. I almost always…