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What is Quality Child Care?

by Liz Fuss / Chances are that at some point all parents will have entrusted the care of their child to another person. While not all families are in need of consistent child care, several days a week for several hours a day, those that do have several options. Some of those options include: Someone…

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Summer Rerun: All About Radon

By Steven Burnett / EDITOR’S NOTE: Back in January of 2012, Steven Burnett was kind enough to enlighten us about radon in a two-part series. Time for a summer rerun, but this time both parts in the same post. If you live in Ohio or Southern Michigan, and you have purchased a house in the…

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Sacred Day in the Bayou

By Michael Miller / St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Paincourtville, Louisiana, is an unassuming brick building with a modern metal roof and a smattering of trees providing scant shade in its parking lot. Inside, it is an overwhelming architectural achievement — 50 stained glass images of saints and the Passion, statues of key figures…

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Resources for Kids and Car Safety

by Sheila Wathen / We’ve all heard the stories and were stunned. How could a parent forget a child in a car? It seems so impossible, and yet it happens year after year. As of July 21st of this year, 17 children have died from being left in a hot car. SEVENTEEN. Since 1998, on…

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Explore Michigan with help from your Library

By Cathy Chesher / Back-to-school supplies may already be in stores, but there is still plenty of time to explore Michigan this summer. Most Michigan public libraries offer at least two ways to help families explore our great state in an economical way. 1) PARK AND READ Visit a Michigan state park for free!  The…

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Renting Toys: What Do You Think?

by Sheila Wathen / Recently I heard about a service that lets you rent Lego sets like you rent DVDs from Netflix. Yes, really. You pay a monthly fee, start a queue of desired Lego sets, and one is mailed to you. You can keep the set as long as you like, and it is…

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Eight

by Michael Miller / Watching the progress of our boys from infants to pre-preteens via photo is exhilarating and unnerving. Film doesn’t lie, and the speed with which our sons are growing up is a powerful illustration of how quickly time melts away. It was particularly startling this year, when Evan’s solo portrait revealed a…

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Summer Fun and Some Learning Too

By Suzi West / Do you and your kids have a “Summer Bucket List”? Or maybe a “Let’s Have the Best Summer Ever” list? What is this you ask? Well, just scour the web and you will find lots of different blog posts and articles on this theme, which simply lists some fun and novel…

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Endless years of Cruising

By Rhaea Miller / Thirteen and a half years ago Lee and I special ordered a Chrysler PT Cruiser, fully loaded,thinking it would be a great family car. The doors opened at 90 degree angles! We were so stupid. We waited NINE WHOLE MONTHS for this car, and when our Providence, RI dealer told us…