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When it comes to disciplining children, there's a division between those who think spanking is an effective form of discipline and those who say it doesn't work. What do you think?

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The further adventures of Rodney the fighting cat

My cat Rodney is a troublemaker. Just last week, he mixed it up with some other animal in the neighborhood and got bit in the backside for his trouble.

Reading is fundamental

One of my favorite places in town doesn't have a collection of beautiful flowers. It doesn't have a breathtaking vista or a soothing waterfall. What it has is books. Lots and lots of books.

In the midnight hour

Finding time to myself  was simple in the days before children. Back when I was single, the only creatures who demanded my attention were two cats and a handful of friends.

Lighten up, already!

A couple of Internet items that went viral this week got me thinking about the problems we moms often have with our body images.

It's no fun being 'Sick Mom'

I am so overscheduled that there’s no time to fit in getting sick.

10 more things no one tells you about having kids

1. You will cherish taking a shower, because it's (usually) the only "alone" time you get.

10 things no one tells you about having children: Part 1

1. You will never be allowed to go to the bathroom alone again.

Every day is wonderful, Mom

Little Max started Pre-K this week, and took to it like a duck to water. He loves his teacher, loves the classroom, loves riding the bus. In fact, riding the bus is the best thing about his day.

School daze

If it's August (which it will be for the next 34 hours), it must be time for school in Indiana. And so far, at least, we're actually getting into something like a routine.

How long will we let kids go hungry?

I wrote a story for Fort Wayne Monthly magazine's September issue about the good folks who work with Blessings in a Backpack.