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5 Reasons Why Snail Mail Rocks

5 Reasons Why Snail Mail Rocks
Email is so old school. Everybody instagrams facebook posts, texts, skypes, snapchats. But give me a second, here. I’ll give you 5 reasons why snail mail rocks. It can’t hold a candle to a cold-hearted text or a boring typed email. Chris, my foster son is in Georgia, with 5 weeks left of US Army basic training.... Read more »

Top 5 Ways to Turn 50

Top 5 Ways to Turn 50
Vacation is over, and Costa Rica was beautiful. But it’s time for a reality check. How about a new month, new season, and a new decade? The half century one if you know what I mean. The big 5.0. There are many ways to turn this chronological age, which is only a baby boomer number, right? I... Read more »

Summer Has a Start and Finish, Just Like a Race

Summer Has a Start and Finish, Just Like a Race
The shotgun blast that started summer’s race is long over, but the scream of back-to-school season is just as loud. I think I have all 13 weeks of astronomical summer to finish everything on my list, but if the first day of school marks its end, then “real-feel” summer is only 8 weeks and 3... Read more »
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5 Sure-fire Ways to Honor Your Parents

5 Sure-fire Ways to Honor Your Parents
Honoring parents at any age can be hard or easy as pie, depending on one’s perspective. As a caregiver for my parents in their late 80s, I am the filling between 2 flaky crusts: the “greatest” post-war generation and the millennial generation, of which my teen sons are a part. I try to make the... Read more »

10 "Best of" Spring 2013

10 "Best of" Spring 2013
Hello, summertime! Remember the significant spring? It was the time teenage boys became men. The time baby birds pecked themselves out of eggs. Cracklin’ good, but hectic and confusing, too. ”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” to borrow... Read more »

Mother's Day Brunch Out: Best Part Was Going Home

Mother's Day Brunch Out: Best Part Was Going Home
My dream of Mother’s Day brunch out was not what I expected. If I had asked some friends, I would have stayed put in my nest. Don’t get me wrong, there were many fantastic parts of my day, especially the 3 gifts of affection, affirmation, and appreciation in very tangible form–loving letters from my 3... Read more »
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Graduation Blues? Don't Think So.

Graduation Blues? Don't Think So.
I know why May is the “merry” month. There’s a groundswell of sweet endings, (cake, hugs, good-byes) and new beginnings. The giddy last days of high school and grad party plans are in full force. Two of my senior sons will graduate–so naturally–there is pause for reflection and cause for concern. Which brings me to another thing... Read more »

Achieving a Balanced Life: Equal Likes for Broccoli

Achieving a Balanced Life: Equal Likes for Broccoli
There was a small victory in my house last week. You may think it very small in the fabric of family life. But it caused me to stand up and cheer. And to feel that life balance is achievable, like adding the right seasoning in a main dish, or leaning just so, on one leg,... Read more »
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    Carole Pye

    I’m a freelance writer married to thrill-seeking husband, Jim, and mom to fantastic teenage sons: Austin, (18) Trevor, (16) and volunteer foster son, Chris (18). I am also a proud caregiver for my parents, Bob, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, 87, and Jean, his wife, 85. In between the shuttling and the shuffling of senior boys and senior parents, you can find me sitting still, enjoying a cup of steaming hot tea while pondering the next thing to do.

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