Big Change Chronicles: Moving Across Town, Remembering What Home Means

by Agnes KrupI discovered the first grey in my hair on Christmas day – several grey hairs, actually. Grey is not easy to detect in blond, but there they were, unmistakably. They looked quite beautiful (if I may say so myself): my head of straw given a quiet shine of distinction by just a dozen of strategically located individual hairs....more

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The Last Night is the First Night

Ring in the New Year in downtown Burlington at the First Night Festival. This is a must-do event that brings together over 750 talented artists from all over our region to celebrate in a substance free environment. With a little advance planning (and some insider tips) First Night can be an outing that the whole family can enjoy....more

Working Mom No More?

For 9 of my eldest son’s 12 years I was a single mom. I always worked full time, often working two jobs at once, and never dreamt I would one day be able to collect a check just sitting at my home computer all day in my pajamas. But, thanks to my own hard work, willingness to drop my secure day job in order to chase a dream, and the faithful support of my then boyfriend (now husband), it actually happened. It started small and grew into a thriving web design business where I could make my own hours and enjoy time with my family: my version of heaven....more

STDs: From 2 to 57 in about 40 years

Did you know that in 1967 a teenager had the risk of catching one of two sexually transmitted diseases? Gonorrhea and Syphilis. Both were "curable" after treatment. Today, teenagers (well, and the rest of us) could be at risk of catching one of 57 different sexually transmitted diseases or infections.57.I pause here to be thankful that I'm not a teen in 2009 and that I'm in a committed relationship with my husband and neither of us are wandering (that I'm aware of, ha!) or risking contraction of an STD....more

Today and Yesterday  Thank you, Erin...more

Family visit to the Racine Zoo

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From Teenage Mother to Parenting a Teenager - Ooooh, Scary

Occasionally, me and my Mom would get into a disagreement that would make my mom so fed up that she would force a conclusion to the discussion by saying, "Wait 'till you have your own kids. You'll see." As a kid, I felt like just getting that statement out of her meant that I had won the argument. Whatever she was saying that I did not agree with would be heard no more because I had forced a conclusion to the discussion. . But then there's the element of Kharma. ...more

Encountering Crisis Online: What to Do When Someone Threatens Suicide

90-day-Jane started her blog with a very clear mission and message. She planned to kill herself. Her blog would chronicle the 90 days leading up to her suicide. Her "About Me" introduction read:I am going to kill myself in 90 days. What else should I say? This blog is not a cry for help or even to get attention. It's simply a public record of my last 90 days of existence. I'm not depressed and nothing extremely horrible lead me to this decision. But does it really have to?...My generation has had no great depression, no great war and our biggest obstacle is beating Halo 3. So, if I feel like saying 'game over', why can't I?...more

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The Gift of Gardening

Rhonda Fleming Hayes Depserate for gift suggestions? I've got one that might work. You don't have to go out in the cold. There are no malls involved. You don't have to get dressed up. It appeals to procrastinators, (they are the ones reading the gift suggestion articles on December 21) because it can be put off for at least several months. See photos and read more at  ...more