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I’m not a girly-girl.  Well, actually, in many ways I am—I enjoy cooking, wearing makeup, having my hair done as nicely as possible.  I even match my clothes on most occasions since it’s hard to go wrong with black – black – and a bright… something or other. Let’s put it this way:  I make…


Honor and Respect Pay Off

We’ve tried to teach our children to honor and respect others.  When they greet adults, they know to stand and shake hands.  If attending a reception, they might bring someone a napkin or a soft drink.  At a dinner, they wait to eat until everyone else is seated and served. Petya, who has a part-time…


Kids’ Team Sports

I am trying to avoid the high school tennis matches this year.  It’s not that I don’t want to be there for my son, I do, I really do.  But another father recently told me that I couldn’t say, “Good shot,” or anything, or else we might forfeit the match. My son was winning against…


Appreciating the Seemingly Insignificant

With all of the snow and rain sweeping across our nation, folks have been in hibernation mode for awhile.  Fortunate you if you can enjoy some outdoor sports like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or ice skating. The rest of us will simply focus on trying to remain upright on slick sidewalks or driveways. I love the…


7 Archaeology Tips for Those of the Female Persuasion

My son and I have enjoyed taking some intensive archaeology courses—lectures, field work, lab work, and tons of textbooks.  This is what we do with our ever-dwindling spare time, he as a high-school senior, and I as a middle-aged mother of four teens with about ten other irons-in-the-fire of my own.  My husband and I…


The Fluctuating Scale Mystery Solved

More mysterious than any Loch Ness Monster or Sasquatch sighting, a case to puzzle Sherlock Holmes and perplex Nancy Drew, was the whodunit of the dead weight fluctuating scale.  If you recall my reporting of a couple of weeks ago (“Dead Weight” piece), I postulated the theory that weighing oneself right after rising resulted in…


Dead Weight

Physics, gravitational pull, two objects because of their masses attracting one another, and direct proportionality are not my strong suits.  However, there is an issue that is well-known by any parent or pet owner.  It is not widely publicized, and today, I am going to unveil this theory, solve a scientific mystery, and cause shockwaves…


Snoring Problem Solved-!

Last September, I wrote about my husband’s snoring problem.  Actually, it was my problem, having to hear the cross between a jet plane overhead and a vacuum cleaner nearby.  The decibel range was deadly. Trying this and that, we came up with a fairly non-invasive solution.  I mean, we didn’t need to gag him, or…


Paleo Power or Atkins Achievement?

My oldest son and I could afford to lose some weight.  When we were abroad a couple of months ago and surrounded by all-you-can-eat breakfast and dinner buffets, he went wild.  I had limited the kids to one or two small desserts, and no ultra-sugary breakfast items, even if they thought it counted as a…


Alternatives for Out-of-Control Kids-?

The United States needs help in the area of affordable healthcare, however, as many adoptive parents realize, there’s another huge problem lurking underneath the surface, threatening to blow-up as adoptive children reach their teen years.  International adoptions hit their peak about a decade ago.  Many of those kids were adopted as babies or toddlers.  A…

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