Month: August 2017

Then and Now: Used Bookstores
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Then and Now

Then and Now: Used Bookstores

When was the last time you went to a used bookstore? My parents took me to them all the time when I was a kid because they “couldn’t afford to buy all my books new.” Their words, not mine. At some point, probably when I moved to a big city and wasn’t reading as much, […]

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Why Barbie isn't a Terrible Role Model
Daughters
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Fun and Games
Little Kids

Why Barbie Isn’t a Terrible Role Model

Barbie gets a bad rap from grown-ups because that don’t understand what little girls instinctively know: Barbie is a 3D paper doll, full stop. And that’s the crux of why Barbie isn’t a terrible role model: She isn’t a role model at all.  I learned a lot from Barbie playing with Barbies, but none of […]

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Quirk Books: Help for Reluctant Readers?
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Books
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Movies
School
Short Reads

Quirk Books: Help for Reluctant Readers?

I had a post partway written that I was trying to finish for tomorrow. Then I decided to check other books by the publisher of a book I just finished, Night of the Living Trekkies. I wanted to buy every single one I saw in their “fiction” section, and that just doesn’t happen to me. I […]

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My Dad: The Belated Eagle Boy Scout Eagle Explorer Silver Award
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My Dad

My Dad: The Belated Eagle

I’m proud of my dad. I’m proud of my mom too, but today is his day. Sixty-four years ago, Dad earned an Eagle-equivalent award called the Explorer Silver Award, enlisted, moved away, and never received it. Today, he finally received it. Boy Scouts of America has recognized that more than a few no-longer-young men who […]

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Back To School Tech: Family Calendar Apps
Family
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Reviews
School

Back To School Tech: Family Calendar Apps

I don’t hold with conspiracy theories that Google, Apple, Amazon or anyone else care what individuals are doing, but I am tired of feeling like I am supporting a few giant companies that keep swallowing up small businesses and getting bigger. I know I’m not alone in this but finding other choices can seem like too […]

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Late Summer Gardening with Kids
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Outdoors
Outdoors
Short Reads

Late Summer Gardening with Kids

As summer is drawing to a close, parents start to want to toss their kids out. Not to anywhere in particular, just away. Anything to stop the bickering, the fussing, and the “I’m bored” comments. It isn’t just you. At the same time, our bank accounts start screaming from the pain of vacations, camps, back […]

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Staycation: Pro Level
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Travel
Travel & Vacation

Staycation: Pro Level

Staycations (a vacation where your home is your home base, not a hotel) are a great way to save money and most of us have great touristy things near us that we’ve never done or visited. There are lists of which cities are “best” for staycations, but my personal opinion is that you can have […]

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Websites to Help Dads with Daughters
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Lists

Websites to Help Dads with Daughters

Parenting is a challenge for everyone but dads with daughters can have some extra challenges, especially today. These websites have advice specifically for daughters and for parents raising daughters. We will keep adding to the list as we find more sites. Advice for my Daughter: A mom’s advice for her daughter, and to inspire other […]

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New Traditions: Family Movie Night
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Movies
Traditions
Traditions

New Traditions: Family Movie Night

We have a pile of unwatched movies and I bet you do too. They might be physical DVDs or Blurays, or they might be a virtual stack on NetFlix or Amazon Prime, but they sit there, taunting you, year after year. I got sick of it and instituted a family movie night. We take turns […]

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