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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Pretend Ice Palace builder

Every year I get all the emails from the Ice Palace Workers-Local 101 (IPW). I requested to be on the list to help build a palace. I always intend to make this be the year to put on my winter gear and make some Carnival magic. The emails encourage everyone to come together and be part of ...

Is anyone too kind?

My daughter and I had an animated discussion regarding the phrase “too kind.” I’m not talking about a sweeping gesture of “Ah, you are too kind,” acknowledging someone holding open the door. I am bothered hearing someone describe themselves as too kind, pleasant and sweet. I don’t ...

Marshmallows don’t belong in salads

This is the second column about salad, and I’m not even a food writer. With the holidays firmly behind us, and extended family secure in their own homes, I am here to put my foot down. A salad can’t contain marshmallows. It’s a dessert. Let’s start with the basics. No parent is ...

Salad days

I was recently at a shop when I referred to my salad days. A young person behind me commented that she thought the salad came on Tuesdays. Because I have zero poker face, I just turned and stared. I didn’t mean to be rude. I was trying to correlate my comment to her response. I reacted ...

Animal collective nouns?

I’m mystified by the origin of animal groups’ names, like a murder of crows or a congregation of alligators. I am not looking for a complex, scientific reason. I understand the classification of animals (mammals, insects, birds, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates.) ...

Voluntell

I’ve been guilty of ensuring my young children raise their hands when volunteers are needed. Did they always feel like helping? Absolutely not. That is when I let them know their involvement wasn’t optional. They weren’t volunteering. I was voluntelling. In my childrens’ defense, ...