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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Sourdough death

Some people may have had their first introduction to a sourdough starter during the COVID shutdown. It was a novelty and necessity. Making bread became a family activity. Store bread was sometimes unavailable, and there was a yeast shortage. I loved watching all the recipes being posted on ...

Laughter is the best medicine

I hear the words “laughter is the best medicine” spoken by a man behind me as he waits to scan his groceries. I’m not sure how much healthier I am, but I find it easier to laugh at myself first while picking up my chaotically dumped-over purse. Thankfully, I didn’t have to pick up ...

Three meanings of May Day

I’m often overwhelmed as our seasonal “to do” list never gets shorter. Thankfully, whenever a spring flower starts to push out of the ground, or I see tree buds, I feel a bit of hope. If a flower can push through dirt, snow and leaf litter, I can cross a few things off the sticky note. I ...

The getting-dressed-for-school battle

When my son was young, some of the simplest tasks became a battle. It felt like the transition happened overnight. I’d read him a story, turn out the lights and wake up to a child who refused to wear trousers. These transitions never happened over a weekend when I’d have a second to adapt. ...

Princess parking

I was parking the car at the market when my daughter laughingly told me to Princess Park. To me, that meant she wanted to be dropped off at the entrance while I found parking so she didn’t have to walk any distance in inclement weather. Why should my little princess be uncomfortable? We are ...

On gaslighting

I hear the term “gaslighting” being bantered around when people disagree. Sadly, the meaning of the word isn’t so simple. The word definition doesn’t even have anything to do with either “gas” or “light.” Gaslighting someone is a subtle manipulative technique. It’s playing the ...