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The Battle of the Busy

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00
I clearly remember it when it happened, almost exactly this time last year. I approached another mom, who is also a friend, on a field at our sons' soccer practice. As our eyes met, I felt like I was staring at a reflection of myself. Heads tilted and shoulders drawn up to our ears, we forced half-hearted smiles. Read more...
Furry friends have always had a place in our hearts and in our homes—but what about our classrooms? With trends of rodents, reptiles, and fish in schools, we wanted to look at how collaborative care for an animal has contributed to students' learning. Read more...

Gravity Wins: City Girl Attempts Mowing

Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:00
I grew up in a condo, in a land where the sidewalks were magically shoveled in the winter and our little patch of lawn was maintained by men who would show up like an army, unload equipment of all sorts from their trucks, and mow, weed whip, and blow errant clipped grass until everything looked like Pleasantville. Read more...

5 Reasons Why I Love Kids' Baseball

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00
This weekend, my 11-year-old son's baseball team won their final tournament of the season. The weather was beautiful, our hotel was great, and my son got a double and a made a nice catch in the outfield. It was one of those Michigan summer weekends that you just don't want to end. But what made it great wasn't just about the victories and perfect weather. Read more...

The Stupid Sh!t Bosses Say

Thursday, 21 May 2015 00:00
I've been pretty fortunate to have worked for some great people over the years, and I've definitely learned something from every single one of them—even the seventy-something woman at one of my first jobs out of college, who chain-smoked nonfilter Pall Malls in the office directly next to mine and was worthy of admiration for building a successful ad agency, despite her era. Read more...
A couple of weeks ago while at work, I received an e-mail from my ten-year-old son Reed's teacher. Reed had accidentally thrown out his two-week-old retainer at lunch, but refused to look through the trash for it (even after offers of help from the aide and his own twin brother). Read more...

Single. Young. Female. Homeowner?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00
It used to be part of the American Dream to get married and buy the perfect house with a white picket fence. But who says you have to be married to make that purchase? Read more...

Alternatives to Pet Ownership

Thursday, 09 April 2015 00:00
The benefits of owning a pet are truly incalculable—warm cuddles during the cold Michigan winter, wet kisses when pick-me-ups are running short, an exercise buddy to push you the extra mile your legs won't, and infinite, indiscriminate love to last a lifetime. Read more...

Friendship Through Cancer

Thursday, 09 April 2015 00:00
It's been just over a year since I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Someone told me at the beginning that it would be a journey, and that it would look something like a roller coaster ride. Boy, were they right! Read more...
When my children were in elementary school, teachers discovered that they both had unique learning styles; styles that perhaps required more attention than a typical classroom could offer. Read more...