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Going somewhere new

Perhaps it was a social media meme, but the suggestion to try something new every summer was planted in my head in June. Last month, I found myself sitting with my children and my daughter's boyfriend at Mountain Springs Arena in Shartlesville, Berks County, for...

Remembering a sweet baby boy

A child's first birthday culminates the first 12 months of life. Those months hold myriad milestones. The first smile. The first tooth. The first steps. Maybe even the first word or words. For parents of children who make their way into this world but not to that...

Through the colored ‘glass,’ we welcomed summer

As summer arrived Friday (June 21, 2019), the sun shone brightly and a warm breeze blew. Thankfully, that warmth didn't include humidity, but it's sure to come between the raindrops that just don't seem to let up every few days. All complaining aside, the first day of...

You hope they’ll say no, and do well

The mournful tone of bells at the start of AC/DC's classic rock song "Hell's Bells" heard on Tuesday (June 18, 2019) took me back a few years. OK. More than a few years. I sat among students at an area middle school. In this particular classroom, two corrections...

Seeing them at the sea

The summer wind, came blowing in, from across the sea ... two sweethearts and the summer wind ... Those words from a song made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes himself, New Jersey native Frank Sinatra, just came to mind as this blog entry began. Of course, Frank had romance in...
Going somewhere new

Going somewhere new

Perhaps it was a social media meme, but the suggestion to try something new every summer was planted in my head in June. Last month, I found myself sitting with my children and my daughter's boyfriend at Mountain Springs Arena in Shartlesville, Berks County, for...

Remembering a sweet baby boy

A child's first birthday culminates the first 12 months of life. Those months hold myriad milestones. The first smile. The first tooth. The first steps. Maybe even the first word or words. For parents of children who make their way into this world but not to that...

Through the colored ‘glass,’ we welcomed summer

As summer arrived Friday (June 21, 2019), the sun shone brightly and a warm breeze blew. Thankfully, that warmth didn't include humidity, but it's sure to come between the raindrops that just don't seem to let up every few days. All complaining aside, the first day of...

You hope they’ll say no, and do well

The mournful tone of bells at the start of AC/DC's classic rock song "Hell's Bells" heard on Tuesday (June 18, 2019) took me back a few years. OK. More than a few years. I sat among students at an area middle school. In this particular classroom, two corrections...

Seeing them at the sea

The summer wind, came blowing in, from across the sea ... two sweethearts and the summer wind ... Those words from a song made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes himself, New Jersey native Frank Sinatra, just came to mind as this blog entry began. Of course, Frank had romance in...

Generation gap affected by actor’s death

Social media spread news of the sad and untimely death of actor Luke Perry on Monday afternoon (March 5, 2019) quite quickly. For most of today's parents, he was famed for portraying heartthrob Dylan McKay on Fox TV's "Beverly Hills 90210." For today's teens, however,...

Time to change for changing spaces

Hello! September proved busy on the home and work fronts. Back to school, activities, homework (blog entry coming on that subject!) and an array of special sections occupied much of this mom's time. Time to start October with some blog entries! Scrolling through my...

Another orientation arrives

Nine years ago today (Aug. 20, 2009), my daughter attended kindergarten orientation. The occasion appeared on Facebook Memories. Seeing the post took me back to the days leading up to sending my girl to full-day kindergarten, five days a week. Up until then, she had...

Is there such a thing as too many photos?

"If you don't think photos are important, wait until they are all you have left." The above sentence appeared in a meme (from the Power of Positivity's page) on my Facebook news feed this morning (Aug. 2, 2018). A friend noted in her post that accompanied the meme...

Container catching drops drips of memories

August came dripping into Northeast PA -- literally. I woke up this morning to the sound of steady rain falling outside -- and the thump, thump, thumping sound of drips seeping through leaks in the attic roof and into containers. Running upstairs to ensure no other...

Tech-free fun can be had

Driving through Pottsville last week, about five youngsters ran on a sidewalk as I drove along the street. Laughing and talking, they abruptly stopped as I turned the corner to reach my destination. Did they seem a little distracting, or as if they would keep running...

Sometimes best shots are unscripted

Waking up quite early Sunday morning, I headed to the basement to wash a load of darks. They contained a pair of capris leggings that my daughter wanted to wear to a show that afternoon in Philadelphia. I added clothes stored in the wash area and other dirty items. In...

Jade’s last dance

It's only July, but like it or not Christmas season thoughts -- yes, the "C" word that excites some and others bemoan -- have begun. My daughter's participation in the Schuylkill Ballet Theatre means summer rehearsals for the company's annual presentation of "The...

Make library summer stop

As July rolls in amidst hot, sticky temperatures, take time to cool down with ... a book. Or Two. Maybe three. Do this at a cool place -- literally and figuratively. Your community library. Most area libraries tout air-conditioning. All, of course, feature a plethora...

Saying goodbye to middle school

Another academic milestone reaches completion today (Friday, June 1, 2018). My daughter will walk into the middle school building as an eighth-grader and leave as a high school freshman. (While my kiddos' school year officially ends for students Tuesday, June 5,...

Thank you, teachers

The school days dwindle as May marches on, but the amounts of activities and academics seem to increase -- fun days, fundraisers, exams, proms, dances, etc. Through it all, the eyes remain on the prize: The last day of pencils, books and -- sorry, teacher friends --...

It’s finally MAY!

The first day in May. In Northeast PA, it's absolutely -- and FINALLY -- beautiful. The sun is shining, and it's warm enough to break out the shorts and flip-flops! It's finally that month that sounds much like 'N Sync's front man Justin Timberlake singing, "It's...

The mom I am — and am not

"All your kids want is you. "Not the fit mom, not the Pinterest mom, not the PTA mom, not every other mom you think you should be. All they want is you, so be the happiest you there ever was." What powerful words for moms, especially those who have days where they...

Those four little words

How was your day? Those four simple words come from my son's mouth on the days we spend apart due to school, work and/or other activities. I find it sweet that he, as a 9-year-old, takes that initiative to ask. I tell him the basics of how things proceeded; in turn, I...

My princess in pink

The girl in black went light for Easter. My daughter often wears black concert T-shirts and leggings for casual wear, black leotard and shorts for dance classes and a few coats that contain black. She just likes the color, no other reason (in case you're thinking...