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 ]

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 ]

The Flying Turkey [podcast]

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Rachael tells a one of a kind Christmas story about a turkey that became a legend! [ Read More ]

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

the thought doesn't count

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 ]

I’m Ready For Valentines Day

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

Elf On The Shelf [PODCAST]

elf

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

Hannah and I

I am Hannah’s father and Hannah is my daughter, and that’s the way we like it. When she was five years old I took her to see Santa Claus at a local store. [ Read More ]

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 ]

The Scarf

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A family Christmas gathering is fertile ground for humorous stories…especially when a “white elephant” gift exchange is involved. [ Read More ]

Smiles For All