• Halloween already?  My kids love Halloween–so do I.  I’m not sure where they get their need and desire to decorate for every Tom, Dick and Harry holiday and celebration but in some ways it’s kind of cool.  I grew up in a home where we didn’t really decorate for the holidays.  In fact, Christmas was really the only holiday we did up and my mom (the Shinto Buddhist) was more excited than my dad (of the very German & Lutheran upbringing).  I like decorations and simultaneously dislike them.  We have a friend who spends weeks setting up for Christmas and that sounds like a nightmare to me.  She actually has…

  • It’s Christmas in July!

    No, this isn’t the usual lame ploy to pretend that it isn’t a bazillion degrees outside or a poor excuse for a summer sale.  It’s kind of how I motivated my boys to dig through their stuff and see it with new eyes.  The allure of summer had been wearing off—the boys have been out of school since a week before Memorial Day.  The older one was begging for a new notebook (apparently the ones with a couple of pages written in them are considered “done”) and the younger piped in saying that he needed a new activity book.  “Need” is such a subjective term.  There are a lot of…

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