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Feelings of loss & gratitude this month of remembrance

Feelings of loss & gratitude this month of remembrance
As leaves crunch at our feet, we glimpse pink roses in bloom despite our frosty temperatures. We admire the splendor our loved ones, who passed, would savor. We aspire to their virtues. Our friend, Roy, believed so much in our great country, he fought in the Vietnam War before he was a United States citizen.  He passed away this... Read more »

This Halloween, we shall stay safe, reflect & do better

Bruce Springsteen’s new song “Ghost” from his album, “A Letter to You” soothes our hurting world. Bruce inspires, “I hear the sound of your guitar. Coming in from the mystic far the stone and the gravel in your voice come in my dreams and I rejoice.” We can reflect, act, do better. Bruce acknowledges pain,... Read more »

9yo spring break poem during Covid-19 quarantine

9yo spring break poem during Covid-19 quarantine
T.S. Elliot’s poem The Waste Land described April as the cruelest month, but looked toward the light. This National Poetry Month of April, our hopeful nine-year-old refused to write about a virus. Although we talked about another spring break to Miami, it did not come to fruition. Instead, our sweet boy conjured a spring break... Read more »
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The best piano teachers reinforce mindfulness

Our 3rd grader started piano lessons four years ago. His lovely teacher Julia Hardin’s weekly lessons inspire mindfulness and more. She leads with the example of her own perfect posture, engaged attention and body awareness. Remarkable piano teachers help their youth improve executive functioning skills, including working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control, which support mindfulness.... Read more »

10 reasons "Spider-Man Far From Home" movie evokes mom joy

10 reasons "Spider-Man Far From Home" movie evokes mom joy
*No spoilers for Spider-Man Far From Home movie* The Spider-Man Far From Home movie’s epic cast showcase Venice, London, Dutch tulip fields, and more. The movie opens with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Smart girls, funny, and endearing teenage characters triumph. Authentic awkwardness, including the frustrating “ghosting”. Samuel Jackson, drones, cool sunglasses, and Mysterio, yo! Coincidentally, my... Read more »

Top 3 Walt Disney World and Disney cruise family favorites

Top 3 Walt Disney World and Disney cruise family favorites
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. If you can dream it, you can do it. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” declared Walt Disney. As our family splurged on our recent Walt... Read more »
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The merits of an Irish goodbye

The merits of an Irish goodbye
Since some Irish may exude a loquacious gift of gab, it seems counter intuitive an Irish goodbye is a ghost exit, but Irish people are rich in paradoxes. Some Irish people are notoriously aloof without blatant emotion, they may prefer a discreet departure. The classic love story of the Irish born boxer from Pittsburgh Sean... Read more »

Harry Potter Halloween family magic

*BEWARE OF SPOILER ALERTS* The J.K. Rowling Harry Potter series continues to capture the hearts of readers around the world since The Sorcerer’s Stone’s publication more than 20 years ago. According to Pottermore, 500 million Harry Potter books have been sold in over 80 languages. The first novel opens with owls circling Harry Potter’s Aunt and Uncle’s... Read more »

To be a feminine feminist like Meghan Markle as the monarchy shifts

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, advocates for equality and justice while exuding beauty and style. The first American biracial person to marry into the royal family, captured the hearts of the masses around the world leading up to her wedding this weekend to Prince Harry. Hooray for the newly weds, who crossed the church threshold... Read more »
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6 good books in honor of Black History Month

Literature helps portray some of the rich history of African Americans in the United States. One of my first memories of Black History Month is reading about Sojourner Truth, the African-American activist and abolitionist for my second grade report. The following are a few of my favorite stories about the unique struggles and triumphs of these... Read more »