A New Year’s Resolution

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  • December 29, 2015
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I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. I suppose that’s because I’ve never wanted to be pressured into keeping them. But this year is different. Not only am I making one, I’m making it public. I figure that will sufficiently up the ante to the point where I may actually keep it. So what am…

A mantra for raising kids and dogs

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  • December 21, 2015
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When my daughters were toddlers and daily tantrums the norm, I would close my eyes and say to myself, “This, too, shall pass.” (I said a lot of other things, also, but they’re not printable.) Of course, the tantrums did pass–only to be replaced by some other habit that drove me back to my mantra. Such…

Finding Joy in a Bowl

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  • December 15, 2015
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Thank you to Ashland Creek Press for posting my essay about a fish, a snail, and a very wise 10-year-old on its blog. You can read the essay here.

Puppies CAN be presents

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  • December 7, 2015
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My eleven-year-old daughter bought a shirt that reads, “Puppies aren’t presents.” It’s a slogan you hear a lot this time of year, but puppies—and dogs of any age—can be presents, and the holidays can be a great time to give them, so long as a good deal of forethought goes into the getting. If you’ve…

Dog Tales: Stories about dogs written by the children who love them

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  • December 4, 2015
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This Dog Tales post is unique in that it is a joint offering from sisters Melissa and Alice, who share letters they wrote to the family’s dog, Tako. As with all stories in this series, the girls’ letters have not been edited for spelling or grammar. Each belongs wholly to its author. Title: Letters to Tako…

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