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    Lucky Button

    “We hippos love our belly-b’s, they’re round and cute and funny, and there’s a place we take them to when summer days are sunny.”

    Sandra Boynton

    Pip has always adored her belly-button. It’s an impressive, round ‘outey,’ and she rubs it to soothe herself. It came as no surprise, therefore, when […]

    Remembering

    I wish you peace and love on this November 11th.

    Anger Plan

    “Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.”

    Lyman Abbott

    Pip surprised me the other day by stomping her foot on the floor when she was frustrated. It was a case of her not getting what she wanted, and instead of talking about […]

    Grassman gets a trim

    “Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.”

    George Burns

    Do you remember Grassman? Well, he’s still around. He’s been hanging out on our kitchen counter with our jade plant, watching the fall storms blow through […]

    Kettles, Pots and Brownies

    “The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.”

    Chinese Proverb

    We don’t typically eat dessert, but every once in awhile Big Daddy-O brings home some sugary delight when he goes grocery-shopping. Last night it was those evil little two-bite brownies. Ironically, Pip didn’t even […]

    Nostalgia

    “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”

    Peter De Vries

    When we were in Vancouver the week before last, my husband and I were filled with memories of our lives in the city. For some reason, we were often compelled to share little snippets of our past lives with our daughters. […]

    Dr. Doolittle

    “Talk to the animals.”

    Rex Harrison, Dr. Doolittle

    Do you remember Dr. Doolittle’s ‘Push-me Pull-you?’ I think it’s going to be my daughter’s new nick-name. You’d think that when Fig is feeling sick, all she’d want is a good snuggle with Mama. Nope. She wants contact, but not too much contact. […]

    Wanting

    “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Lately, it seems that many of Pip’s sentences begin with, ‘I want…’ We’re not sure where the ‘May I pleases,’ have gone, but we’re determined to […]

    Hallowe’en Quarantine

    “I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.”

    Author Unknown

    Is there anything more sad than kids being sick for a holiday? I remember having the mumps as a kid one Christmas, but I don’t think I was ever ill on Hallowe’en.

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