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Tue
01
Jun

Spring brings parents relief

Ah, late spring, that magical time of year when parents can finally exhale.

Tue
01
Jun

Some pain, but where's the gain?

I recently decided to become a masochist by partaking in an activity people only do if they want to suffer severe heart palpitations, achy joints and shortness of breath.

Mon
24
May

Becoming one of 'The Few, The Proud'

Last month, I joined "The Few, The Proud... the School Crossing Guard."

Thu
20
May

Catfish diaries on the Mississippi River

Catfish po' boy in hand, I've got sauce dripping down my wrist. Zydeco rhythms are dancing around the room and the smell of swamp hangs damply in the air.

Thu
13
May

A Goldilocks approach to lawn care

If this were a normal Minnesota May, we would just now be emerging from winter hibernation, still living in fear of one last spring snowstorm. This year, however, we may as well be in South Carolina.

Sun
09
May

Am I smarter than a third-grader?

It's 6:30 p.m., that after-dinner time slot when my daughter and I play our least-favorite game show, Are You Smarter Than A Third-Grader?

Wed
05
May

Learning real lessons from Fake Baby

It's only an hour into her weekend, and the 15-year-old is ready to give back that darn baby.

Mon
26
Apr

A tick attack

Ah, springtime - that wonderful season when formerly brown lawns transform into lush green hues, buds sprout on various types of foliage, and Minnesotans get to partake in the pleasure of having myriads of tiny insects and other blood-sucking buggers assault them any time they leave the confines

Tue
20
Apr

The 'dandelion queen' abdicates

It's been a long time coming, but I've finally decided to give up my bright yellow, many-petaled crown.

Hold the presses and the herbicide; the dandelion queen of our neighborhood is stepping down.

Mon
19
Apr

At prom time, a lament for a friend

There are certain moments in a person's life that just stick with them. Time can blur the edges of memories, making them less defined, but the important moments stay with you and stand out in vivid detail.

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