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A place in the dark

My kids came up with a great new idea you should try. It doesn't have a name, but it's proved so popular that now my son won't go to bed until we do it.

Being a single parent — for a while

My husband had to go out of town for three days for a business trip this week. It's the first time he's been away for more than one night in 10 years of having kids.

Losing a generation

The recent spate of killings and terror going on in Fort Wayne is disturbing on several levels.

Night and day

My children are the source of my greatest joys and my darkest despairs. Last week it was Max's storming tantrums. This morning, he sang his own made-up lullabies while riding in the car to pre-K.

A big ol' Internet hug

Wow — I never thought I'd get such a great response to last week's blog about my tantrum child.

The tantrum child

My once-loving son has turned into the Incredible Hulk. For the past couple of months. he freaks out, screaming, hitting, kicking — even spitting.

Snow? Again?

Boy, am I ready for spring. Can I get an "amen"? With a snowstorm forecast for tonight, I am not looking forward to a school delay or snow day tomorrow. I've got work to do!

A Valentine's message for my family

Today being Valentine's Day, I'd like to to offer up a few gifts for my family. Sure, my kids drive me bananas sometimes, but they've also made me a better person, as has my dear husband.

The road of good intentions

Ya know, it just figures.

From crow's feet to eagle's wings

I took a good long look in the mirror the other day and thought, I ain't gettin' any younger. Those white hairs and crow's feet are tell-tale signs that the bloom of youth has withered.