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Borneo Sounds Great! Now where the Hell is it?

A long time ago, in a land far away, Spouse and I concocted yet another scheme designed to pique the interest of our Offspring in lands and people beyond the cul-de-sac. Offered at the feet of these future UN leaders … Continue reading

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Hoist the Sails- Kentucky`s Not Just for Horse Lovers

What do two tired middle-aged sisters do when faced with the dilemma of entertaining 4 kids each capable of rendering an adult speechless in under 60 seconds and too big for confinement within a dog crate? Hoist the sales and … Continue reading

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The Day of Zen Buddhism That Almost Killed Grandmama – Too Much Kyoto For One Day

A wise man for whom I worked shared insight in to my flawed personality during a performance appraisal for the previous year during which all objectives had been successfully achieved. Although worthy of banner waving, he gently explained a concept … Continue reading

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When Comfort Food is a Must

Who knew Offspring #1 and I would be snowboarding on April 10th?A particularly bothersome trip for several reasons. First, the terrain park closing meant he must improvise by creating his own, thereby turning the rest of the mountain in to … Continue reading

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“There’s no Excuse for Rudeness. Period.” Big Patti

One of the values every child raised in the South learns at the foot of the family matriarch is good manners. Of particular importance to my mother, referred to in this blog as “Big Patti,” is the value of being … Continue reading

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The “M” Series: Middle School, Melt Downs, Moodiness

Menopause?¬†As if moving to Japan with two kids fully infused by teenage hormones wasn’t enough. Could this explain the newly acquired hermit like habits of Spouse? A more complicated situation does come to mind. One of my sleep deprived friends … Continue reading

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God was Angry, Reached Down from Heaven, and Smote me During Mass- Moving Lesson #8

Technically the woman in front of me, but he thumped me on the side of the head and not because I happened to be in the line of fire. Much advice about moving involves activities for developing a social network. … Continue reading

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Japanese Van

The Japanese van. Child seat in the back. Child seat in the front. Trunk in the front for groceries. Child number 3 carried in snugglie on Mom. For the super luxe loaded additions, options include: umbrellas attached to handle bar, … Continue reading

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