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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Halloween and the Day of the Dead

Halloween is almost here! It’s one of my favorite celebrations. Halloween was my chosen wedding day, but my husband refused to be married by someone dressed as Beetlejuice. He has no vision. The menu practically plans itself. I’m not one for jump-scares or horror movies, but I do love an ...

Lesson learned from the free zone

My household furniture is a mishmash of hand-me-downs, tag sales, and the roadside free zone. I’ve been gifted some beautiful things from my mother and in-laws, but my children were well past babysitting age before they realized there were stores dedicated to new items. We’d been shopping ...

Monarch’s Black Death

A few years ago, we heard the battle cry to help the monarchs, and we came running. Well, perhaps planting is a more accurate term. I’ll rephrase. We came planting! We knew the monarchs were in trouble because either mowing or pesticides eradicated the milkweed’s natural habitat. We ...

The golden rule seems tarnished

Recently I was waiting for a table to become available at a restaurant. I don’t get out much, so it didn’t bother me to be waiting for a table. The alternative is not to wait, meaning if I didn’t want to wait, I get to walk out and go to a different place. I was invested in this ...

Getting dirty

Parenting is tricky, and we will always meet people we want to emulate and find people we want to avoid. It’s just the way the world works. Just like now, my words may resonate with some people and become a meme for others. It’s all good; no hurt feelings here. The topic of the day is ...

The Golden Birthday

My daughter always felt her golden birthday was a bit of a letdown because she was a toddler at the time. Even her “double golden” didn’t have her remembering anything more significant than dim memories of cake. For anyone not aware, a golden birthday is a date when people’s ages ...