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Cruising down memory lane after an old pal conks out


Updated on  November 18, 2017 at 6:06 pm
Lexie had been with us 15 years, a devoted member of the family who carried us through some of the best and worst moments of our lives. Literally. Read More

Parenting fraught with frightening occurrences year-round


Updated on  October 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm
The little voice coming from the baby monitor wasn’t our daughter’s, and my heart stopped. It woke me in the early morning darkness, the sound of a young girl singing a lullaby in the room where our infant firstborn slept. Ten years later we still don’t know the source of that sweet lullaby. Read More

Halloween prankster turns family home into house of horror

The Oct. 31 holiday was always a big deal in my family, but not so much for my husband, Jim, when he was a lad. I suspect he’s making up for lost time with a never-ending series of Halloween pranks. Read More

Early displays offer hope of surviving holiday crush


Updated on  October 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm
I used to gripe the same way that Christmas shouldn’t come before Halloween. But after years of fighting the trend of an earlier and earlier Christmas shopping season, I changed my tune. Read More
 

Glut of real, fake news necessitates discernment

Is someone’s breakfast or latest political epiphany really worth your attention? You have to weed through so much nonsense before finding that one valuable piece of information, if indeed there is one. Read More

October provides respite between summer, holiday events


Updated on  October 2, 2017 at 6:07 pm
Whenever October comes around, I always get that cozy, time-to-slow-it-way-down feeling. I can’t help but take a deep, calming breath as the flurry of summer activities and jam-packed travels abroad have passed. Read More

For parents of grown kids, keeping mouth shut key to sanity


Updated on  September 26, 2017 at 11:55 pm
Don’t even begin to tell your kids how to take care of their children, money, home, health, career and relationships. It’s the quickest way to end a conversation. But what I really want to say is: Save your money and take care of your teeth! Read More
 

Dream jobs provide glimpses into sons’ minds


Updated on  September 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm
Just as I charted my children’s first words, first foods and charming quotes over the years, I find myself tracking their ever-changing career ambitions. Their goals give me a window into their most beloved interests and their perceptions of the world. Read More

Mom worries as son enters middle school ‘danger zone’

My 11-year-old son recently reached that milestone of leaving elementary school behind to start sixth grade at the same middle school I attended. It could’ve waited another year. Read More

Baby girl doesn’t yet know she’s a fab dresser


Updated on  September 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm
My new niece has enthralled our entire family since we found out she was coming. With apologies to my nephews, she turned me into the ultra-doting auntie I swore I would never become. Read More

Right mindset, chocolate help ease daily commute


Updated on  August 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm
Traffic congestion is part of my life; it always has been and most likely always will be. I’m from Leeward Oahu. I was raised there, and now I’m raising my own family on the west side — where traffic backups to and from school, work and play are part of our norm. Read More

Little slugger moves from pint-size plays to full-size field


Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 8:54 pm
Every two years, youth baseball gets much harder as players progress through PONY or Little League. The field gets bigger, and with each up-sizing, the boys and girls are required to master new skills. Read More

Downtime is wonderful, until you have too much


Updated on  August 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm
Completely out of commission from basic daily activity for three months, I found myself utterly restless — almost lost — without the constant hustle and bustle. Read More

Gym tutelage illuminates lifelong war on errors


Updated on  July 29, 2017 at 7:46 pm
I’m not new to lifting, but I had never sought formal instruction beyond what I’ve learned from friends or what I’ve seenin online demonstrations. Read More

Unpacking brings on end-of-vacation blues


Updated on  July 23, 2017 at 7:46 pm
I know I’m not alone when I say unpacking after a trip sucks. Not only is it a dreadful chore, it also signifies the very end of your vacation. Read More

Digital trainer keeps you going, step by step


Updated on  July 15, 2017 at 10:29 am
If sitting is the new smoking, then I’m a five-pack-a-day sitter. Sometimes two or three hours go by without me getting up from my desk. Read More

Little does little treasurer know he’s the treasure


Updated on  July 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm
My son is now 8, and his room overflows with all his “precious things”: shells and sea glass, sparkly bits of ribbon, broken crayons, paper clips and scraps of wrapping paper. I have a collector. Read More

It’s good to have a friend when evil comes creeping


Updated on  July 1, 2017 at 7:55 pm
I like to think I’m a decently self-sufficient woman. I can take care of my finances, health and well-being, and entertain myself, thanks very much. But when it comes to one thing, I’m hopelessly helpless. Read More

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