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Great Dads in the Making

The holiday weekend has me looking back and contemplating my parenting. No, I’m not a month behind. I know Mother’s Day was last month and am well aware that Hubby got the breakfast in bed treatment on Sunday. However, I did raise three sons. So I wonder, did I raise future awesome dads?

Feeling the heat of the light at the end of the tunnel

After successfully seeing our middle child through to graduation at the prestigious NC State University last month, we now are days away from our youngest walking across the stage to accept his high school diploma. It is almost impossible to imagine our days of packing school lunches, signing reams of permission forms and attending school functions is coming to an end.

Take a moment to remember - it’s the law

Decoration Day, or Memorial Day as it’s been known since the 1880s, is a national observance during which the graves of fallen soldiers are decorated with flags, wreaths and flowers in memory, honor and gratitude for their great sacrifice on behalf of this country.

Pizza so easy to order, your kids can do it

If you haven’t heard about Dominos’ latest ordering system, you are either over 30, dislike pizza delivery or live off the grid. If it’s the latter, you might want to reconsider, as it seems living off the grid is now a form of abuse. But before that last statement swirls up a storm of controversial comments, let’s get back to pizza delivery.

A graduate makes for a great Mother’s Day gift

Twenty-five years ago this weekend, I graduated from NC State University. With the world at my feet, I promptly got married and began my first job as a newspaper reporter and morning radio show producer and co-host. The radio and newspaper — both owned by the same small company — operated out of one small, old building that reeked of cigarette smoke.

Moms relish time alone in public

Some people are uncomfortable at the thought of doing things like touring a museum or going to the movies alone. A recent University of Maryland research paper suggests that people do not like the thought of being seen alone in public. It further suggests that we avoid being alone in public because we fear others might assume we have no friends.

Gripping tale of the missing key

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, actually, it was daytime. And it wasn’t really stormy. But it was rather dark and the rain was coming down at a considerable clip. I remember it well. There was a little squiggly pod from our oak tree stuck to the windshield wiper. It caused the wiper to create an annoying streak across my windshield with every pass.

Tea party has potential to save fort

Beginning with just a card table and some blankets, an elaborate fort can be built. My brother and I used folding chairs and afghans to expand our play dwelling. Pillows, blocks and other toys were eventually worked into our elaborate architecture. These card table forts were typically built inside on rainy days.

Metallic mac and cheese disruptive to frugal family meals

A box of macaroni and cheese is extremely inexpensive, especially if you have a coupon and the store is running a double or triple coupon value special. Such a scenario could provide you several free boxes of the food staple. As a protein-accessorized carbohydrate, it makes for a good side dish. Throw in a vegetable, such as broccoli, and you have a full meal.

Write way to Maine, million-dollar estate

My cousin posted a contest on my Facebook wall. A smile as I scrolled past would be my typical reaction. Except, it was a writing contest. And the grand prize was Center Lovell Inn, a bed and breakfast with views of the picturesque White Mountains.

Thanks to silly unicorns, I had gold fish friends

Always the obsessively realistic child who colored cows brown and the sky blue, I was never all that into unicorns. They were not “for real,” so I did not give them much attention. When I went to the carnival, I wanted to win a real live gold fish, not a stuffed unicorn that made no sense to my overly rational brain.

Diamond fantasy crushed by sea snail teeth

Each of you who recently received sparkly, expensive diamonds that compelled you to say “YES!!!” might want to rethink your decision to accept that particular rock. I, too, grew up under the delusion that diamonds were a symbol of love’s strength — a solid foundation upon which eternal love can be built.

Practical celebrations of typical, everyday love

Thanks to the heart-shaped cardboard displays tripping us during our shopping excursions, Valentine’s Day is often considered a romantic holiday. But there is more to love than romance. I know, because I am married. And I have been for the millions of years it has taken us to mark our thirteenth anniversary.

Writing is easy; querying is the hard part

In addition to columns and articles, I like to write books. Drafting a 100- to 200-page or longer manuscript is a challenge. Editing the draft is another tedious hurdle. Updating the manuscript with all of the edits, if you edit a hard copy like I do, is labor intensive.

The pain of cellular upgrading

One of the most frustrating chores of the technological age is upgrading cellular phones and service. I put it off for months past the viability of our phones just to keep my blood pressure down and my bank account intact. But alas, there comes that day when the device that has been obsolete for the past six months can no longer be salvaged.

Football fare works for historical soaps, book clubs too

The teams are selected. Well, that is assuming by the time you read this, the Patriots have not been eliminated due to lack of inflation or lackflation, if you will. Regardless of how the lackflation scandal pans out — I simply refuse to use “Deflatriots,” as it is a team-specific slur and I prefer to create a word that can be interchangeably used to put down any team that fails to pump its balls appropriately — I am quite certain two professional football teams will play a game on Feb. 1.

Internet of things could alleviate pesky thinking

That I can click a print icon on my laptop while sitting in the sunroom and then hear my printer, situated in my office upstairs, wake up and print a document, is impressive. Wireless connectivity is a modern convenience those addicted to tech gadgets have come to rely upon for work and entertainment.