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Our Life is Like a Junk Drawer—Sticky, Ugly & Interesting

By Kristen Lamb Ah, it is time for spring cleaning. This past week I have been on a mission to simplify and organize. Yeah, easier said than done. I began with the refrigerator, battled the Spinach Ooze of Doom and The Casserole that Time Forgot. I [...]

10 Ways I’d Love My Books To Be Like Flat Stanley

by Jenny Hansen Flat Stanley at the Beach in Carlsbad   If you’re a North American parent with a child in 3rd grade or beyond, it’s a pretty sure bet you’ve heard of Flat Stanley. Just in case you haven’t, here’s [...]

15 Ways To Rock Your Sibling’s World

by Jenny Hansen Although Sibling Day falls on April 10th this year, I got my present a few weeks early. A few weeks ago, my baby sis posted this on Facebook. Things my sister Jenny Hansen taught me: How to savor good coffee How to put on [...]

An Easter Story: The Golden Egg

The Golden Egg by Jenny Hansen Christians all over the world are celebrating Easter today, likely after commemorating the other important holidays that make up Holy Week. But I’m just gonna confess it…growing up in my house, Easter [...]

5 Lessons I Learned Teaching Autistic Kids

5 Lessons Learned Teaching Autistic Children by Jenny Hansen My first job out of college was as an autism specialist for the Judevine Center for Autism, based in St. Louis. It was like learning a strange language in a strange land. An extremely [...]

I’m Only Doing A Top Ten Because No One Thought of It…

I’m glad you’re here. As it happens, I was deciding on whether to eat the twins’ leftover pancake, or treat myself to something really special and eat an entire bag of mini doughnuts. But if I stop typing, I’ll be eating. [...]

Holiday Survival – Obnoxious Drummers and Unmotivated Hubbies

By Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes* This month, Holmes and I, a spook and an author/belly dancer, are dedicated to easing your holiday tensions. Let’s take a look at what’s on your minds this season. . . . image by Pazuzu, wikimedia commons Mr. [...]

Send It by Certifiable Mail

The spirit of the season has finally crept up on me. I’m not saying it’s OK to sneak up on me. It’s not. I startle easily, have no bladder control left, and only keep one extra pair of pants on standby. They’re not even [...]

Holiday Survival — Picky Friends and Impossible Packages

By Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes* This month, Holmes and I, a spook and an author/belly dancer, are dedicated to easing your holiday tensions. Let’s take a look at what’s on your minds this season. . . . Our reader, Ellie Ann, has [...]

Bayard & Holmes Post-Apocalyptic Management Services

By Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes* There’s been much ado made about the end of the Mayans’ 13th b’ak’tun this Friday. The Mayans, themselves, are a bit baffled as to why the Western world is making such a fuss about it. [...]