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Spring Cleaning Surprises

It’s that time of year when we clear away the old, the dark, the dusty and lighten up for spring and summer. Since my time comes and goes in fits and spurts, I grab whatever morsel I have whenever I can, and clean, clean, clean. Closets and shelves and counters and storage bins need to…


Homeschool Spring Assessment

It’s that time of year. We’re past the winter break mid-point, spring break three-quarter-point, and steamrolling straight toward the end of the school year. But where are the kids in their pursuit of academic excellence? The process of figuring out their progress should be fairly straightforward. However, it all went awry when my husband took…


You Are Not Alone

The trials of life come to us all at one time or another. Maybe a loved one’s personality has changed for the worse, and they don’t care any more. It could be a life-threatening illness or constant stress. The economy has thrown a wrench into many families’ plans. At times, it can seem like too…


Couple Time Apart from the Kids

Benedetto and I are sneaky ones.  Most parents have private time away from their children.  It may be when they’re in school, or at night after they’re in bed, or at their grandparents’ over the holidays.  Since we have few of those options, you have to get creative. Enter spring break and our teens’ joy…


A Drive in the Country

Perhaps if you live in the country, you might want to get away to a big city for a change.  For us urbanites, a drive in the country is just the thing. We had sold the kids on a staycation, because the rest of us, namely their two parents, have things to do during spring…


I-Pads at Passover-?

In my own little bubble of reality, I like to think that I’m still with-it enough to know about certain trends circulating in the world at large. Apparently not. One of my correspondents was kind enough to send me a NY Times article on incorporating i-Pads and tablets at the Passover Seder table.  In other…


Gifted Hands: A Story of Hope

I like to surround myself with stories of courage and hope.  Whenever I see or hear such a narrative, I pass them on to my family and friends. Well, friends, here’s one for you today.  We all need some encouragement now and then, and this story will do it for you. Either in written or…


Our Daily Spelling Session

I’m not quite sure how much time spelling takes up in regular high schools or junior high schools, but in our homeschool, it can eat up the better part of a morning.  Not so much for the students, but for me. I need time-out for banging my head against the wall. It’s an uphill battle…


Young Daughters of Privilege

With two teen sons and two teen daughters of our own, I gravitate toward other teens and young adults in the news, whether to learn or lament over their “example”.   Currently, two well-publicized daughters spring to mind, the first demonstrating a clear sense of entitlement and the second, almost exactly the opposite. Enter Rachel Canning,…


Home Alone

Benedetto decided to take me out to dinner the other night.  We haven’t been seeing much of each other due to our couple-days-a-week separation on the occasions when I need to be in one of our homes, and he in another.  Rather than grab a quick bite around the corner, he made it a mini-getaway…

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