Things that make you go hmmm?

About a month ago, my husband, Marc, felt a lump on Alex, the cat’s tail.  We watched it for a week or so to see if anything changed.  When it remained the same, we brought the cat to the vet to get it checked out. Since Alex is over sixteen years old, the vet wasn’t too concerned with the lump.  He explained that he wouldn’t want to touch it, as it would cause more harm to Alex then if we simply left it alone.  The vet proceeded to give Alex a general checkup.  Last summer, Alex was very sick....more

And the vet.... I am glad Alex is doing so much better too. Although he is currently mad at us. ...more

Spilled Milk, Broken Vases, and Misplaced Treasures “Conclusion”

February 6, 2058, Adler and Dulcenia Havnejgerde talked long into the night. Together the old couple lay holding hands—shoulder to shoulder, feet touching and toes wiggling—in their huge four-poster, king-size canopy bed. Both so frail and thin that they just about disappeared from within the thick comforter and many pillows. And with only the light of the moon shining through their great window, they talked about the day’s celebration, as they listened to the drifting, fading sounds closing the day....more

Isn’t technology grand?

My laptop recently committed suicide, and ever since I started using my new one, I noticed that Outlook didn’t display emails the way I was used to.  Rather than having multiple fields (attachment, importance, from, subject, date, etc.) it only displayed two fields.  I was able to change the two fields, but no matter what I did, I wasn’t able to increase the number of the fields that were shown. At first, this didn’t bother me too much....more

Poor Marc does a double take every time I touch something technical. I have gotten better, but ...more

I Have The Biggest Boobs in The Whole World (according to Cole)

O.K. I’m sure that if you know me right now you must be scratching your head in wonder. If you do not know me then I must appear to be bragging. Either way please allow me to explain. My nine year old son Cole teaches me lessons about life almost on a daily basis. He has an amazing mix of the boy that is never in clean clothes because it’s much more fun to be dirty, everything can be made into a gun, no idea what fear is and a very enduring sensitive side that can tune into any ones hurt and try to make it better....more

Three Reasons Why You Should Schedule Your Tweets

I recently read this post criticizing folks on Twitter for tweeting about other things during the recent coverage of Osama bin Laden's death. She makes three flawed assumptions in her post: That many people had scheduled these "inappropriate" tweets That tweeting about the news is the only appropriate thing to tweet during such a moment ...more

Great post.

Family Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (more

All is fair in love and war

While driving home from work the other day, I was listening to a call in radio show which specialized in relationship advice.  During my commute I heard callers inquire about the mundane, “Hi, I recently moved in with my fiancé and he wants to spend the entire weekend watching sports.  We didn’t even get married yet, and I feel like the ‘Honeymoon’ already ended....more

it is bad to be an only child :) It must be great to have a sister to lean on.... Like a BFF ...more

Fast Cow

You really don't want to mess with a cow in India. You definitely don’t want to hit one with your car.  This happened on February the 19th. It was a Wednesday. We aptly titled the trip log: “Day 23, Udaipur - Cowhit - Pushkar”....more

My first day I got hit by a scooter in old delhi, a month later got caught in a fender bender, ...more

Silent night

I am not a quiet girl. Actually, I am far from it. And when I say I am not quiet, I don’t mean that I am not introverted, although that is a fair description too. When I say I am not quiet, I pretty much mean that I am just loud. Very loud... I do everything loudly. I don’t tap my keyboard when I type. I bang it. If we have guests staying at the house, I wait for them to rise before empting out the dishwasher, because otherwise my loud clanking will wake them. I when I walk up or down the stairs; I march so loudly, the building seem to shake....more

Yeah, I guess you wait long enough, everything is bound to happen.... I think Marc is enjoying ...more

Am I a better mom now?

Am I a better parent by not working right now? I say "right now" because I quit my job a little over a month ago to take a midlife sabbatical. Now, I seem to have more energy to focus on parenting than when I was working. I'm not saying it's helicopter mom time; quite the opposite. I'm just more relaxed. I find myself with more energy to discipline my daughter, which has been my major parenting shortfall. My 9-year old daughter's not an easy daughter to raise (not that any child is); importantly, I'm not an easygoing, mothering-comes-easy to me type mom....more

Do you hear what I hear?

Tonight Jacob asked Brian, “How do you know if God speaks to you?”  Brian asked him, “Why?”  Jacob said, “Because I think He spoke to me.”  Brian asked Jacob what God said.  Jacob said, “God told me he has great plans for my life.”  I know my seven year old son heard from the heart of God.  Last night, Brian and I prayed that our kids would learn to hear the voice of God.  Brian and I shared such a sweet time rejoicing that God answers our prayers! This comes on the tail end of a conversation Brian and I had yesterday afternoon about a time of mini...more