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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…


A House Divided Over Kids

Before we can leap into the joys of Valentine’s Day with a loved one, we must discuss the very possible reality that your mate may not be on your side when it comes to the kids.  Adopted children often have an uncanny way of dividing parents, in much the same way as some bio kids….


The Five-Year Focus Plan

This summer, our girls will have been home for five years, our second son for six years, and our oldest son will soon mark ten years home from Russia.  Only now am I beginning to breathe… and it’s not always easily. For some years, I was an outsider in my own home.  This one or…


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…


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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