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December 20, 2014
The line at Kohl's today was a lot like the line I stood in at Town Hall with my mom in 1976 to get a swine flu shot. But unlike the people waiting for their potentially life-saving shots, the people waiting in line to buy a $23.99 Disney Frozen Olaf plush toy could choose to leave. Like I did. Except they didn't.
December 14, 2014
I finally got around to checking out the free ice skating at Bushnell Park today. Since I dislike being cold and am not a big fan of winter, it's taken me years to go.
November 28, 2014
Judging by the number of times my phone has alerted me to an incoming email this morning, today's column seems to have sparked something in our readers. Perhaps the time really is now to finally address mental health issues in our society.
November 20, 2014
After growing up with the Dzen boys (OK, they're probably men by now) and having cut down a tree or two at their farm, the interruption this year of this family tradition is sad on many levels.
November 17, 2014
I was on bedrest during a portion of all of my pregnancies. My doctor's advice wasn't something I could choose to ignore.
November 14, 2014
There's no reason that figuring out your family's college financial aid situation should be so complicated. But it is. We're approaching that stage, as my high school senior hits "send" this weekend and applies early decision to his top choice school. Fingers crossed.
November 4, 2014
I didn’t receive one of those mailers showing my attendance for the past few elections, probably because I just changed my address, but I’m pretty confident I haven’t missed voting in an election in years. (I really don’t know -- those infant/toddler/preschooler years made voting a bit challenging.)
November 3, 2014
For a stats geek and a map nerd, reading this here story is like eating fudge.
October 24, 2014
By now you've likely heard about the Newington schools that cancelled their traditional Halloween parades and parties in an effort to avoid excluding those students who do not celebrate Halloween. I'm shaking my head as I write those words.
October 20, 2014
This advice by the American Academy of Pediatrics -- to encourage teenaged girls to use "long-acting reversible contraceptives" -- makes me nervous.
October 8, 2014
I do find myself thinking many of these here thoughts as I wait in the school pickup line. Every. Freaking. Day. Yesterday I glared at a woman in a Honda Odyssey for a good 10 seconds because she was blocking a potential parking spot. (She didn't move.)
October 4, 2014
Here’s a nice look into what PTOs (or PTAs) really do, which is a lot. My kids are fortunate to attend schools with active parent-school organizations, and I’ve seen firsthand the impact they can have on schools.
September 28, 2014
It was a big deal when my oldest son turned 10 and I let him stay home alone for an hour or so. He had talked about it for months, and one day I finally gave in. All was well, of course.