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Service project starts holidays season right

November 19, 2012 – 12:45 pm

Last week, I wrote a column for the Tribune’s Money page about holiday spending anxiety.
A reader commented that teaching kids about service leads to appreciation.
I know the reader didn’t realize this, but just that morning, …

Thoughts on Christmases past

December 29, 2011 – 5:01 pm

I didn’t realize how exhausting baking every day (well, nearly every day) December 2010 was until I didn’t do it this year.
I just pulled down “the baking box” for its location in the pantry. For …

Post holiday roundup: I’ll clean the house tomorrow

December 26, 2011 – 11:24 am

Wow. If you’re a parent like me, the house looks like a tornado came through, there are dirty dishes everywhere, and dozens of new clothes and a few toys are to be put away. You …

When blogs go silent for a bit

December 19, 2011 – 6:56 am

Sometimes, life catches up with you.
That’s been very true the last few weeks. So this is me, apologizing, for being silent on the blog.
Do you blog? Do you find you have dozens of ideas about …

What are your family holiday traditions?

December 7, 2011 – 1:16 pm

Monday night when we arrived home, I pulled out a 9′ inflatable, holiday polar bear – to put up in my living room. Last year we didn’t put it up – I was afraid my …

Holiday illness knocks us down, but not out

November 28, 2011 – 1:01 pm

I feel like I’ve lived in the “Twilight Zone” for the past week.Eight days ago, my youngest was sick with a cold, pink eye and the tummy bug. Before Thanksgiving, four of five members of …

Is ‘Santa’ in your vocabulary, yet?

November 15, 2011 – 3:52 pm

My daughter suddenly burst into tears this morning on the drive to school, “What if I’m on the naughty list?”
At first, I had no idea what had prompted that. Then I remembered: I pulled the …

Christmas Eve: Nothing happened

December 29, 2010 – 1:38 pm

Ok, so that’s not entirely true. We had a very eventful Christmas Eve. But in previous years, I’ve had some story to report after Christmas Eve Mass: my daughter falling into the fountain, the kids …

Holiday baking: It’s a wrap

December 27, 2010 – 3:28 pm

My daughter and I wrapped up our holiday baking over the weekend with a gingerbread house. I’ll say “baking” loosely since we didn’t actually bake the house. We just decorated it. We giggled and smiled …

A Christmas adoption: Congrats Lonkar family

December 23, 2010 – 1:04 pm
Cherrie Lonkar and her daughter, Maile. Photo by Chalice Leaman Photography

This morning, dozens of parents and children filled the lobby at one of Maricopa County’s courthouses.
Boys were dressed in ties and sweaters. Girls donned their best sparkly dresses and shoes.
Families and friends awaited their turn …