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Dad Descriptors

There are many different kinds of fathers: there’s the Dad who will teach his children how to properly swing a hammer and the Dad who will teach his children what to yell when they miss and smash their thumb instead. Sometimes, it’s the same Dad (not that I’m speaking from personal experience)…. In the past, I described my father’s parenting style. But as any Dad will tell you, those descriptors change year by year, day by day, minute by minute. This Father’s Day, I thought we’d honor The Top Ten Dads We’ve Known, (Been)

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Braving the Green Pool

Have you ever heard of a pool cover? My husband and I haven’t. Or at least that’s what you’d think. We own a pool cover, but somehow, it didn’t make it on our pool this year. We should have been more conscientious, because as we often joke: “our pool is our only liquid asset!” Nine months later, after a blustery fall, a brutal winter and a cold spring, our swimming pool looked less like an asset and more like a science project gone wrong. So, this past weekend we bravely climbed in to that

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Say What?

“Time to grab your go-go juice, check your coloring book, and hit the super slab. Don’t forget to pay the cash box, and flip your ears on – just in time to hear the news about some gator guts on the road-watch out! Hit the road long and hard all day and make sure you stop at the mandatory chicken coop in Jacksonville. When you’re done for the day, carry on right through to Miami and park at the TA for the night.” Right now I bet half of you are nodding your heads

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School’s Out for Summer

Friday, May 30th, was the last day of school for my two sons.  They couldn’t be more excited, and to be honest, I’m pretty happy too.  The boys are looking forward to everything they will be doing this summer: hosting pool parties, playing video games, staying up late and sleeping in.  But I’m I’m excited about all of things I won’t be doing:  rushing home to supervise homework; running to the store for poster board at 8pm for a project due the next morning; and stressing out over their grades. Although I’ll be relieved

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Hot Diggity Dog

After a challenging 2005 summer season, Hebrew National, the hot dog company, needed to get back on track and generate strong sales. Their mission was to step up to the plate as a mainstream, national brand and find a way to attract new consumers outside the traditional kosher-consuming population.  Their solution?  Appeal to uncompromising parents who served their family only the best and were willing to pay more for it.  They created commercials intended to teach people how kosher practices ensure only the best cuts of meat….”no ifs, ands, or butts.”“Butt humor” seems to

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Marriage Tune-Up

This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. If you’d told me 17 years ago that today, I’d be happily married to Dale, sporting a new pair of diamond earrings thanks to my thoughtful husband, I wouldn’t have believed it. You see, when I met Dale I was already engaged to another man. I even moved away to marry that guy, but I knew in my heart that he wasn’t the one. I broke up with my fiancé and came home to Dale. It was the best decision I’ve ever

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More Than a Thousand Words

Memorial Day Weekend 2007, John Moore, Pulitzer Prize-winning senior staff photographer for Getty Images, visited Arlington National Cemetery.  There, in “Section 60”, he met and photographed family members of American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan who had flown across the county to remember their loved ones.  One of those people was Mary McHugh.  He snapped this photo of Mary at the grave of her slain fiance, Sgt. James Regan.  It was her first time visiting the grave since his funeral. Moore wrote an incredibly poignant account of his visit and the hours leading

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Camping Versus Glamping

This past weekend, my family joined two other families for a nice weekend at a local campsite here in Alabama.  My family was one of two that was camping–tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and battery-powered radios.  The other two families opted for glamping–RVs with A/C, TV and other creature comforts. Speaking of creatures, I shouldn’t lead you to believe that I am hardcore camper.  I abhor snakes, lizards and tree frogs and would prefer to camp in places where these creepy crawlers (and slitherers) didn’t exist.  But, it’s worth putting up with them to enjoy

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Lunchbox Dad

We’ve finally moved back into our house, despite the fact that our remodel is far from complete.  Currently, our fridge and toaster oven are in our garage, which is serving as our temporary kitchen.  It sure makes for an interesting morning routine:  I pour milk into the cereal and toast the English muffins, deliver breakfast inside the house, and then head back to the garage to work on packing the kids’ lunches.  I’ve always been in charge of lunches, but my repertoire consists of basics: bananas and peanut butter, Lunchables, and occasionally some reheated

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Here Comes the… Bridal Bloopers

It’s that time of the year again. Right now, someone you know is probably looking for the perfect dress, getting fitted for a tux, reserving the limo, or planning a honeymoon. This weekend, I had the honor of kicking off wedding season as a guest at the wedding of my friends, Jennifer Brown and Michael Townsend. The bride was beautiful, the groom looked sharp, and the wedding cake was delicious! As I sat at my table during the cutting of the cake, I was reminded of all the other weddings I’ve been to, and

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