The Utility Of Well-Placed Guilt.

One of my most common disclaimers when I meet new folks is that one of my parents was raised Jewish and the other was raised Catholic, hence I am “half Jewish/half Catholic – which equals twice the guilt.” And while I say this partially in jest, it is grounded in a clear understanding and appreciation of the…
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Why Can’t I Be Like All The Other Parents?

I serve as a constant embarrassment to my teenage daughter (a.k.a. Miss Sparkle).   I am regularly asked in the most dramatic presentation possible, “Why can’t you be like all the other parents?”  This lament surfaces whenever I try and do what I view as a parent’s due diligence.  According to my daughter, I am the…
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Is There Something In The Food?

Let’s talk high school facial hair. When I take Cheyenne to school each day I see young men – lots of them – with full-blown facial hair.  And by full-blown I mean, not the peach fuzz or couple of straggly chin hairs that I saw on teenage boys in my youth, I mean the facial…
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Miss Sparkle And The Third Closet…

Let me start with a confession – I do not find any joy in doing laundry.  I do it because I must.  My reaction to doing laundry is the equivalent of putting gas in the car – it is just something that must be done. My laundry technique is not the most typical approach of…
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17 Minutes…

Miss Sparkle is on week two of tenth grade. This year she is at West Fargo High School (her home school) as opposed to Sheyenne High School (where the West Fargo School District housed all the ninth graders).  Let me be the first to say, what a difference a year makes! In ninth grade there…
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