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On Being Spiderman

On Being Spiderman

Last week I was conducting an interview for a work assignment.   We were talking about Big Bird and the Politics of Public Television. The conversation turned to our children.    The man I was interviewing mentioned that his 4-year old daughter loved super heroes.  My 4-year old son recently has been enamored with Spiderman, Batman, Captain [...]

10 Great Baby Shower Gifts

10 Great Baby Shower Gifts

I have two close friends who are expecting babies in the coming months.  It’s so exciting!  When I was pregnant I relied on friends to guide me through the process. Did I need a bassinet or not? Should I buy newborn clothes or buy onesies in a bigger size? What kind of baby bottles should [...]

Hot Holiday Toys 2012

Hot Holiday Toys 2012

Ok I know that community outdoor swim pools JUST closed.  And I know major toy stores and big-box retailers are trying to get you to part with your hard-earned money and buy even more toys.  Even still, I couldn’t resist taking a peek at the list out by Toys-R-Us on what they are dubbing the hottest [...]

Everyone Has a Voice:  The Sweet Things of Life

Everyone Has a Voice: The Sweet Things of Life

Back when I was in college I didn’t know how to cook and I certainly didn’t know how to bake. There was one exception:  I could make a strawberry cheesecake.  Somewhere I had picked up a recipe book and taught myself how to make my favorite dessert. I would wow and impress potential boyfriends with [...]

Olympic Quotes to Inspire

Olympic Quotes to Inspire

An Olympian didn’t say my favorite Olympic quote.  It wasn’t even uttered at the Olympics.  Announcer Frank Zarnowski said it during the decathlon Olympic trials in 1984. Orville Peterson was competing in the 1500 meters.  He was injured.  His fellow competitors had all wrapped up and had long stepped off the track. But Peterson trudged [...]

EARTH DAY:  6 Words for the Planet

EARTH DAY: 6 Words for the Planet

Celebrate Earth Day with your own 6-word essay to celebrate the planet! The Environmental Protection Agency and Smith Magazine are inviting people to submit their own 6 word meaningful story to celebrate the environment between now and June 30, 2012. Essays will be featured on EPA.gov’s website. EPA staffers offered up these examples: Many nations. One planet. [...]

7th-Graders Stop School Bus after Driver Has Heart Attack

7th-Graders Stop School Bus after Driver Has Heart Attack

Two 7th graders in Fife, Washington stop their school bus after their driver loses consciousness.  They manage to steer the bus to the side of the road and call for help.  It’s all caught on tape. Take a look at the video. It seems like a normal bus ride and then student Jeremy Wuitschick realizes [...]

How to Win Online Giveaways and Sweepstakes

How to Win Online Giveaways and Sweepstakes

Every time I look around online it seems there’s always someone running a giveaway or sweepstakes.  There are thousands of blogs devoted exclusively to running sweepstakes. To get an idea of how big this is, just type in #giveaway on Twitter.  At this very moment among the many prizes I could enter to win are [...]

Building a Family Through Facebook

Building a Family Through Facebook

In 2006 Melissa Segal was pregnant with identical twins.  Everything checked out and her pregnancy seemed routine.  Until one day in her 20th week when the Maryland school teacher started to feel intense pain in her stomach and back.   She and her husband Seth Edlavitch went to their doctor who informed them she was in [...]

Hollywood’s Famous Family Movie Lines:

Hollywood’s Famous Family Movie Lines:

The 84th Annual Academy Awards is Sunday, February 26th.   So in the spirit of the Oscars I have compiled a list of some of the most famous family movie quotes. I hope you enjoy them. Feel free to add a few of your own: Young Simba: Dad? Mufasa:  Hmm? Young Simba: We’re pals, right? Mufasa: [...]