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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Continue to question your behavior

I find I can dig in deep when I'm trying to prove a point to my children. I can hold on to what I believe to be true (from stupid things like a coaster prevents water rings on a table to more serious infractions like name-calling is never a good option.) I've been guilty of both and other ...

COVID scare

There are quite a few phone calls I don't want to ever get. One is regarding my children and car accidents. The other ones are regarding any type of health issue. Recently my child had been sent home from work because someone had tested positive for COVID. Now you can skip right to the bottom ...

Please be nice when you’re eating out

I know I’m speaking to the choir and you are all polite to the person who has sat you at your table, mixed your drink, brought you a beverage, taken your order, filled your water glass, cleaned up your table, and prepared your meal. It doesn’t even cover the people behind the scene you ...

Supporting the local food process

Listen, I like my avocado toast just like the next overprivileged person. I could eat an avocado a day. If there was a reason for me to move to a warmer climate, it would be to have avocado trees and perhaps mangos, but mostly avocados. Though I do buy local food and grow a few ...

Please read beyond the headlines

In the world of “gotcha” moments, I find it difficult to believe that people are still just passing along information based on a social media headline. We really need to dig deep. Please don’t use this as an opportunity to accuse the person to your left or right of that behavior. We’ve ...

Being color blind

With riots and protests against the deaths/kill-ings of numerous black Americans, I feel compelled to join the voices of common people from around the world. My family may not be multiracial, but I am a mother. I don’t need to be exactly like someone to be able to find common ground with ...

Not us versus them, it needs to be WE

I was driving to an appointment with my family, and we had to make a few scheduled stops. I saw many people not wearing masks. (Now keep in mind, people do not need to wear masks while practicing social distancing. I know you all know, but I digress.) The gas station even had a sign on its ...

Any word can be a swear word

Some people just swear. They don’t think much about it. If I were to stereotype I’d say that is every British person I’ve ever worked with. The difference is in the delivery. I don’t care if people curse, I just don’t like the name-calling that can be attached to it. Cue in my ...

The stages of grief

I feel like there is a lot of judgment about people’s right to disappointment. Perhaps I’m incorrect. It’s been known to happen, just ask my children. I don’t have to understand everyone’s emotions, especially the ones swirling around my own house. I can sympathize, even empathize ...

Capable of civility

Just to let you know any ramblings occurring throughout this column are generally applied to me. Perhaps something may resonate with you and yours, but in no way are my written thoughts directed at one person. I have been called every name in the book and sometimes by my own child. This ...

Making sure our choices count

A widely quoted poem “The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost, has been used in inspirational posters, taglines and commercials. The poem is usually thought to be about taking risks and pushing boundaries. Some people think the poem reflects on the traveler taking the undiscovered path rather ...

Antisocial social media

Recently we had an online reunion with my husband’s family. Our niece is supposed to get married on Halloween. (Don’t even get me started on how excited I am that she chose that date.) We don’t see my husband’s siblings frequently and now the children are older and spread across the ...

The myth of the perfect family

A few weeks before the world closed a friend and I were talking about our children. His response to my family surprised me. He had this view that my life was perfect and I had churned out a couple of superhumans. Of course, I would like to agree and not throw my children under the bus, but my ...

Every day is ‘Giving Thanks to Essential Workers Day’

Right off the bat, I need to stress how much I am not equipped to be a healthcare professional. So, it is good news for all of you that I am not one. I know my own strengths and I know my weaknesses. My tolerance for illness and pain used to be pretty low. Sometimes we have to rise to ...

When DIY healthcare supplies are the new normal

I can sew, but I’ve yet to make one of the protective masks for healthcare workers. I want to help, but I’m not sure I will get to the stage where I’m mass producing masks for other people. I selfishly made a few to use so we could take care of my mother. I am in awe of the people that ...

Homeschool honeymoon

It has been a week of homeschooling, remote working and social distancing. Our household is a bit unique in that I’ve worked online for years. The concept of being 50% dressed from the waist up for a conference call is normal. I just don’t usually have other people around to witness it. ...

Let’s help each other out

We need a pandemic to treat each other respectfully? These are tough times with an undecided future. With that, I have seen such incredible acts of generosity. I’m only scratching the surface by highlighting those people offering to deliver meals and groceries, or tutor children online. If ...

It’s maple time!

Yes! We are getting ready to tap our five maple trees and just let the sap roll on in. Obviously, we are not in the commercial maple-making business, but our two-gallon target has been consistently produced over the years. That is enough syrup to keep us in maple-drenched waffles for the year ...

Contrary to popular belief, time does not fly by

Whether you are a new parent or an old parent, there is always a lot of advice floating around. So I thought I'd chime in on some unwarranted and unasked instruction. Now that my children are older, I can become nostalgic for that child I used to cuddle. I want to recapture those times when we ...

Please wash your hands!

In a perfect world there would be no sickness, right? We would all be washing our hands with soap and water. We’d cough and sneeze into our elbow. Each doorstep would host a chemical shower so we could hose off after being coughed in the face by a total stranger. That is what utopia looks ...