A Christmas Surprise

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I have always gotten endless joy out of all the arts and crafts my kids have brought home from school. A particularly special day was when my son, Zachary brought home something wrapped carefully in newspaper. It was around Christmas time, and his face lit up as he carried the delicate package into the kitchen. [ 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 ]

Waiting in Line [VIDEO]

Mark never appreciated waiting in line until a trip to Cuba. Find out what changed his mind! [ Read More ]

Time To Open Presents

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Santa had barely made it up the chimney before my brothers and I would tiptoe down the stairs. “Behold the magic” isn’t too silly a phrase to describe the way we viewed the scene. The lights glowed on a jumble of pretty packages. [ Read More ]

Magic Time

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I’m no longer twelve. Not by a long shot. My allowance dried up long ago and they don’t even let me off school for two weeks at the end of the year—school’s another thing I’ve outgrown. Sometimes, I miss that kind of magic. [ Read More ]

Elf On The Shelf [PODCAST]

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

Custom Ornaments

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Being from a family of four, most of the ornaments hanging on our family’s Christmas tree are handmade. Frumpy looking Santa Claus’ made out of pop cans, doves made out of construction paper, the classic spray painted macaroni ornament, and many others. [ Read More ]

It’s Valentine’s Day: Where Are The Women?

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February 15, 2014– Well into the evening yesterday (Valentine’s Day), I entered a small florist and found myself in line behind six or seven male customers…and no women.  That’s right; not one women in the shop (other than employees)! [ Read More ]

Not Just Children Believe in Santa Claus

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‘Twas the season of Christmas and Chanukah, and Alan and his wife were at the mall.  They saw the mall Santa Claus, and they decided to get into the line.  Of course, the line consisted mostly of young children and their parents. [ Read More ]

Is It My Birthday Yet?

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Fire to a little boy is all-consuming. The moment I light a candle in my house, my son climbs up to the table to try and blow it out. [ Read More ]