Why Carol Doesn’t Cook

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Now first it is important to let you know that I am not known for my expertise in the kitchen. I am more known for not being relied on if one is looking for a home-cooked meal. Being from Long Island, perhaps the joke about Jewish girls making reservations as a means of preparing dinner was … [ Read More ]

The Real Meaning of Halloween

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In the chaos of holiday traditions, it’s common to overlook or forget the true reason for celebration.  [ Read More ]

Christmas With the Lovable Jokers

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One December my family sat in the dining room, enjoying our Christmas dinner. I was probably nine years old at the time. Unbeknownst to me, I was also the object of a sinister conspiracy cooked up by Dad and my sister Kerry. [ Read More ]

An 11-Year Old’s Mother’s Day Plan

This year for Mother’s Day, I asked my 11-year old son if he had any thoughts about doing something special for me on Sunday. He proudly announced yes, he and his good friend Jack had a plan! Oh, how sweet, I thought! [ Read More ]

Little Shy Felipe

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Driving a school bus in a growing community presents some unique opportunities, especially when one of your routes involves an ethnically diverse mix of four and five-year olds. When the school year begins, many of these kids don’t speak any English. [ Read More ]

Elf On The Shelf [PODCAST]

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On Christmas Day, Mary Ann helps an elf in peril! [ Read More ]

Fun with Turkey Basters

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Turkey baster crafts…. This is what we did after dinner. 🙂 [ Read More ]

Hayrides and Mudslides

As a child, my family and I would take trips out to a farm to a pick pumpkins and ride a spooky hayride. One year I learned a valuable lesson about keeping my hands in the vehicle at all times. [ Read More ]

The Cake Thief [PODCAST]

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Mary tells the story of her adventure of getting the perfect birthday cake for her sister. Unfortunately, a few laws may have been broken in the process. [ Read More ]

I’m Ready For Valentines Day

February 14, 2015– Dear Secret Diary, Valentines Day is here.  [ Read More ]

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