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Last week had a bit of unscheduled adventure. Our five year old son may or may not have had the chicken pox. Sam has been immunized, but apparently the vaccine is only 80-90% effective (so there’s something to look forward to, folks). His doctor recommended we isolate Sam (and Maggie) for two days, just to see more »

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You’ve heard of wine and cheese pairings, right? The concept is that the intense flavors of certain cheeses enhance the aroma and taste of certain wines; visit a nice restaurant, and the fine dining wait staff will be more than willing to explain this in detail. Well pairings are important – put the right two more »

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At 15, the only thing I knew about football was I liked a tight end when I saw one. So why, now 20 years later, is my wardrobe sprinkled with team gear? So why does my two year-old shout “Go Bears!” anytime she sees any bear – including Winnie the Pooh – on television? Because more »

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You know that quote from Mark Twain or Winston Churchill or Ghandi about how stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Well, here’s that moral of that quote, in story form. In every bathroom, and especially in every bathroom used by a five year-old boy who is still perfecting more »

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Date your wife > Have a better sex life. That’s what findings from a recent University of Virginia National Marriage Project survey showed. The group “analyzed data on one-on-one couple time from two nationally representative data sets and found that wives who spend couple time with their husbands at least once a week are 3.5 more »

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Cliff’s been out of town this week. And like all weeks where I’m on my own as a parent for several days in a row, by the end of it I have to work especially hard to hold my parental, err, stuff, together. Thankfully I’ve got a bag of parenting tricks that I often remember more »

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Our Date Night kit: cocoa with a generous smidge of Bailey’s (or the generic equivalent). It’s time you ditch date night. “Have a weekly date night” is a standard bit of marriage mantra you probably had drilled into you by friends and family from the first time you hinted you might take a long walk more »

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I grew up in a small town community of very loving, generous people. As a whole, they were also fairly conservative people who held, among other things, that woman’s highest calling was to be a good wife and mother. I remember talking with an older woman one Sunday after church, discussing the colleges to which more »

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Into every grownup’s life this moment must fall: the moment when you realize that whether you want to or not, you’re fully responsible for taking care of something. And there’s nobody else to do it but you. I’m not talking about big stuff – like parenthood, letting your mother move in with you, or taking more »

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Do You Smell Something?

Somewhere along the last 4 1/2 years family dinners at restaurants became much more complicated. I faintly recall going out for supper when our oldest son was a newborn: We sat his carrier under the table and barely noticed his presence as he slept peacefully through a three course meal. But then he started spending more »

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