A Voice from the Past

As the first week of school is upon us, I thought it might be helpful to have an educational “reality check”, and ask an...

Actions Have Consequences

I was perusing the news a while back and two stories on the same day struck me. In one, the website YouTube was being...

Problem Kids, Problem Schools

I have a young friend who is big but gentle. Unfortunately, he shares his 45 minute school bus ride with a particular boy who...

Dog in this Fight

It seems just when I think I’ve said all I would ever want to say about Belinda Stronach, she pops up in the news...

Waiting for Dinner

Cow bells are especially useful in the country. Not only do they warn of oncoming bovines, but they can summon the family from far...

Imagine

The wedding night must be such a disappointment for many brides—and no, I’m not trying to imply something naughty! It’s just that all the...

‘Tis the Season to be CHRISTMAS!

I am decorating my Christmas tree. I am trying to persuade my husband to hang our Christmas lights. I am going shopping for Christmas...

Family Values: We Aren’t Islands

Many of us long to live in a world where we shouldn’t have to do anything for anyone else. We set the course for...

The End of the Story

As parents, we try to impress on our children important lessons about life. If you’re nice, people will tend to be nice to you....

Just Between Moms

On Sunday many of you will be greeted in bed with slobbery kisses, watery coffee, and soggy cereal. Having been forced many times to...

The Season for Waiting

I once read that most people spend on average two years of their lives waiting—waiting in lines, waiting for the waitress to bring the...

The Self-Esteem Trap

I have a confession to make. My daughters are not actually enrolled in soccer this summer. I’m not sure if this is illegal or...

Are We the World?

Ever since the earthquake struck Haiti my family has been busy raising money. My daughters have baby-sat and helped at bake sales; we’ve mailed...

Sacrificial Love

In 2005, Maureen Faibish’s 12-year-old son was killed by a pit bull. She was remarkably philosophical about it. “It was Nicky’s time to go.”...

A Hard Day’s Work

Over a century ago, Mark Twain summed up the teenage mindset when he quipped: “At 18 I thought my father was an idiot. By...