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5 Olympic Games for Your Team

February 9, 2018

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I don’t know about you, but we love, love, LOVE watching the Olympics. Every two years our family rallies for a whole series of somewhat ridiculous celebrations.  This year is no different. We have drafted our teams – the scoreboard is up – dinner will include American food and Yorkshire pudding (a nod to our […]

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Annual MLK Jr. Scavenger Hunt

January 14, 2018

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“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” Alan Watts If you live on the East Coast the Christmas holidays and ridiculous winter weather has meant your kids haven’t been in […]

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Saying Goodbye to Dad

February 14, 2017

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We had Dad’s memorial service on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and over 200 people came to celebrate “Fletch,” and many of them, at our request, showed up wearing cowboy hats and/or boots. So great!!! His friends hugged us, told stories, and made us laugh. I get weepy just thinking about it; I have a […]

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Scavenger Hunt Celebration

January 16, 2017

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(Before the blog post starts, I want you to realize that this is actually Ellie writing and not Joy, just to save you from any confusion.) Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day! In my opinion, today is a little bit of a awkward holiday because some people take the day off of work/school, some don’t. […]

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Reminders for a 14-year-old

December 27, 2016

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Fourteen. This year is a big deal. Transition is the name of the game. Independence is the “win,” and the primary player on the 14-year-old field is named “annoyance.” Dad and I are going to get under your skin more often and you’ll do your best to return the favor. His jokes will be less funny, […]

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Pressure Cooker Cooking 101

December 9, 2016

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2014 was the year I jumped into pressure cooking and, as I’ve said before, it’s been a complete game changer in terms of getting a tasty dinner on the table fast. In fact, if you are looking for something to put on your Christmas list, I highly recommend an electric version of the pressure cooker, […]

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My New Adventure!

October 26, 2016

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“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” Lewis Carroll I ran into a friend recently who asked me why I was blogging so infrequently these days. Besides being flattered that she noticed my absence, I was SUPER excited to tell her what I was doing with my writing time…and I’m even […]

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How to Tackle Monday

October 24, 2016

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Are you dreading today? One study says most people don’t crack a smile on Mondays until after 11 a.m.! What in the world???!!!  One seventh of your life is Monday, so it’s crazy to dread today.  Today is precious. What are you waiting for? Before doing anything, start by smiling.  You should be embarrassed if […]

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What You Know When You’re 12

October 8, 2016

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Don’t you love the prefix “Pre”? We all know pre means “before,” and I find those three letters surprisingly optimistic and cheerful. I think PREgame, PREsale, or PREschedule.  All fun things, right? Today I have a 12-year-old son (what??) who is, by definition, a PREteen. He is PREparing for some marvelous years ahead filled with opportunities […]

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Find Someone To Teach

October 3, 2016

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“The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” Annie Dillard You are an expert in something. Seriously. You are. I’m not talking PhD/TED speaker/Professor categories, but more […]

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