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A Gift

  By: Cary Zavala/   Captain Planet, he’s our Hero Gonna take pollution Down to zero   Anyone remember this little tune?  From an American animated TV show in the early ‘90’s? Captain Planet came to life for me this Fall.  I was reminded again this morning during my morning walk about his Powers.  Let…

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MeL Wants to Help More Kids Learn to Read

By Cathy Chesher One of the best kept secrets in Michigan is the wealth of resources in the Michigan electronic Library or MeL. The Department of Education recently announced the addition of new resources designed to help make more children proficient readers by the time they are third-graders. I am particularly excited about the addition…

Lush Lawns

It is spring time and everyone is outside getting their yards and landscaping in tip top shape.  As our girls were growing up we had more weeds than grass.  My favorite line was “if it’s green and grows, I’m happy.”  Then, when we were in Norwalk, Ohio, we moved into a really nice neighborhood where…

Cry Baby

As I write this, it is 10:00 am on a Saturday.  Thus far, Rita has cried six times, over the following things: She wanted to play school with Ruby, but she didn’t know Ruby would want to play in the living room and not the dining room. She wanted to take a bath, not a…

Bath-less Wonders

Baths and babies go together.  Slippery skin and splashy noises.  Bubbles and pruney fingers.  Moments where you know for certain that a bath will both calm and clean a tired soul. Prepare, with silent tears running down your unprepared face, for that to slip away like the bubbles down the drain. Right around 3rd grade,…

How do you like see-food?

Table manners. My kids have none. This is evident to me every evening when we eat together, but it slaps me in the face when we have company. Here is a list of my grievances: 1. In spite of the fact that he is yelled at by everyone else at the table when he does…

What’s for dinner?

It was late in the fall of ’97 when my company had offered me an opportunity to do some work in Dallas,Tx. I had only been working for Ford Motor Co. about 3 1/2 years but they had asked if  I’d be interested in flying down to the auto show and help introduce the new…

How do you measure up?

One of the worst thing a parent can do is compare themselves to another parent, especially a celebrity parent. We see it more than ever now, celebrities toting their children—some biological, some adopted—as their latest accessory. It can be very easy for us ‘everyday’ parents to find ourselves wondering  just how they manage to have…

Quiet Time – 3 Ways to Make it Work

Our guess blogger is Jen, a mom of 6 who home schools and blogs at “Forever, For Always, No Matter What.” An important part of the rhythm of our day is quiet time.  After lunch everyone settles down for an hour of quiet play and/or reading.  I started quiet time more as a way for…