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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Minding our own business

Springtime isn’t just about joyously singing the Sound of Music songbook while twirling in fields overlooking mountains — better known as student portrait sessions. ‘Tis the season birds mate, spring flowers bloom and allergies flourish. It’s the season to rechristen the porch Christmas ...

Trail etiquette

I went hiking alone recently, which has its good and bad points. It’s usually all good because I enjoy the solitude, and I never keep myself waiting at a junction. I can take all the pictures and jot down a few ideas in my notebook. Don’t get me wrong; I like hiking with groups as well. ...

Three different Mother’s Day celebrations

The United States’ Mother’s Day is right around the corner, while a different Mother’s Day has recently passed. You can take that precisely like you are reading it. International Bereaved Mother’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May, while we celebrate American Mother’s Day ...

Earth Day’s 2022 theme

I do like a good theme. It can get me out of a rut and challenge me. earthday.org has made its annual Earth Day theme “Invest in Our Planet.” Earth Day, in some ways, can feel like an odd thing to celebrate. Does everything need a holiday? The Earth is just there. It’s around when you ...

Friendly advice from a partial staycationer

I want to say I am not jealous of the people going on unforgettable holidays. We have been stuck at home for far too long. If all of us could check out for a few weeks, I’m sure we would. Sometimes we can’t, and that is okay as well. I believe we can approach the holiday photo posting on ...

A slap made me turn the other cheek

I thought about whether or not to tackle the controversial Oscar Slapgate that happened between two Hollywood stars attending their end-of-the-year sports awards banquet. Did I want the negative feedback? Is someone slapping a public figure pertinent to anyone else? Why did this incident divide ...