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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…

Farewell

I went to a friend’s 60th birthday party today, and I must say that I did not think she looked old at all. Perhaps the fact that I turned 60 in April myself had some influence on my thinking, but…

Learning Curve II

A few months ago I wrote about Mac getting his Learner’s Permit. Now with some practice under our belts and many, many conversations about the literal interpretation of the Driver’s Manual, it is time to share the unwritten rules of…

Mother-of-the-Bride and The Dress

Yes, my daughter had a beautiful wedding, and yes, yes, yes, she was a beautiful bride. My new son-in-law was an exceedingly handsome groom. It was a wonderful wedding, a sort of local “destination” wedding on nearby Kent Island. It…

A Word From Our Sponsors

Every year when the Super Bowl rolls around, the hype around the commercials is as fervent as the game itself. That is because, by and large, commercials are too insufferable to watch the other 364 days of the year. It…

Nana – Cam

As I sit gazing at my computer screen, I am listening to little—and I do mean little—clucking sounds coming from the next room. Lina, my three-year-old granddaughter, is in the bedroom next door to my office. She is “taking a…