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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Jaywalking

I’ve always been curious about the term “Jaywalking.” It seems unrelated to the person I almost hit while he squeezed between two cars, a construction vehicle, and a few safety cones. I also feel the name doesn’t sum up my frustration with the hand gestures I received that did not ...

Do boys learn differently than girls?

I recently had a conversation with a friend about whether or not young boys and girls learn differently. Having one of each, I felt I could weigh in on the discussion with plenty of personal experience and absolutely zero fact-based materials. My opinion was a resounding, “Yes.” My son ...

Instagram perfect

I recently posted a few absolutely adorable pictures of my child going off to college. You know, the type of photo where she sits on her bed waiting to fill her space with her memories and a minivan full of necessities. I didn’t show the heat index and amount of water weight I lost by ...

Salt and Rust

Salt and rust, the other four-letter words. Air and water are all that are needed to provide the gift of rust. We certainly don’t lack either compound. Iron oxide is so quaint and rustic (pun intended) when leafing through the country-inspired home goods. Then it shows up on my roof, car, ...

You don’t have to say goodbye

Quite a few parents are experiencing a transition with their “almost” adult children. Whether those kids are going off to college or getting their first apartment, emotions are running hot. My best advice to anyone experiencing an altered or empty nest is this: denial. It works. ...

Can we forgive mistakes of youth?

I recently waved to a young acquaintance while at an outdoor event. An adult reminded me the kid in question used to be “trouble.” I happen to really like this kid. This young adult always says hi. This person looks me in the eye. This kid doesn’t pretend we aren’t acquainted. This ...