Raising Parents: Teaching Our Kids that Parenthood Is a Noble Career

I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, the whole Women's Liberation/feminist movement was in full swing. Moms went to work and fed their families convenient microwave dinners. Elementary school kids went home to empty houses and thus, the term "latchkey kids" was coined; teens ran around the streets unsupervised. Girls were taught that we should not want to stay home and raise babies, that we would not live up to our potential and never be respected if we wanted to be stay-at-home moms. I grew up completely believing in all of that and having a list of career dreams. Then I had a baby and the whole world twisted on its axis....more
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Ikea Hack: Built-in Bookshelves With Windowseat for Under $350

When we finished our basement a couple of years ago, we made one room an office and lined the walls with IKEA BILLY bookshelves. This summer, when we decided we never really used the office and the space would be better as an art studio, we needed to do something with the books and some of the bookshelves to make room for the large craft tables we now wanted for the space. A friend mentioned an IKEA Hack. I looked it up on-line and became inspired. ...more
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Sometimes you don't see what is right in front of your eyes...

The other night we went downtown to get pizza. I have lived in this area almost my entire life. I have seen this downtown area change from the 70s to the 80s to the 90s to today. I have memories of this downtown area that I think may cloud my view. Maybe it was the Christmas lights,maybe it was ...more