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Keeping Score

I was doing my usual Saturday morning routine of cleaning everything in sight. With toilet brush in hand, I heard the familiar request.

"Play with us, Mom.  You can be the General."

Sigh.  "I can't.  I am cleaning the bathrooms."  Cory and Silas, in the middle of a game of battle, knew it was futile to ask again.  Especially on Saturday morning. 

As I swished the Comet around the toilet, an idea struck.  I stepped out of the upstairs bathroom and peered over the railing, searching for my two little soldiers.

How to Make a Monster



Maybe it's  because Halloween is almost upon us that I have monsters on my mind.  Perhaps you have seen one in the grocery store, the mall, or  (as we all have occasionally) lurking about in your own home.  

Whether you have one or ten kids, parenting is exhausting.  It is a full time job about which you must be relentless.  But in case you're feeling too weary for the task, here is my recipe for creating your own little monster. 

Boo!

Iwill never forget the first time we were Booed just after we moved here, proving once again that, yes, Virginia is for lovers.  

With October still young, it's not too late to start this tradition.  Besides, with creepy clowns in the headlines lately, it might be just the thing to ease your kids' minds. Now that I am in a new neighborhood, in fact, I am thinking about starting it myself.

Boo! (reposted from October, 2012)

Last Saturday night just after dark the Sims family was sitting in the den enjoying the fireplace and a little TV when the doorbell rang.

A Few of My Favorite Things

It's that time again--time to count down the year's best.  

I thought I would start with what gives me a boost every day.  Remember, I have been home with kids for 28 years, so it doesn't take much.  

Paperbackswap.com 
I love the library, but the thing about PBS is you can often find books that are long out of print.  Thanks to PBS, I can read Hope the same books I read to my oldest, affectionately called "Tiger" 25 years ago.  Her favorite right now, that was also a favorite of his, is "No More TV, Sleepy Dog".

New York State of Mind

I have always wanted to be a travel writer.  Doesn't everybody?  

I remember years ago when I attended a writer's conference with a wonderful friend and editor. 
A Chamber of Commerce rep was showing us around the city--and by that I mean lunch, coffee and tickets to a MLB game. Curious,  I leaned over to her at some point and asked, "Exactly what kind of people do you try to connect with in your job?"  

"Writers like yourself," she said. 

Ahem.
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