First Dance

My darling Max, Today you have your first dance.  You are six years old.  After lunch you will change into a white collared shirt, a blue bowtie and aqua shorts for the Spring Fling.  You have a Tweety Bird wallet with $2 tucked inside the fold for snacks. You were sick this week, strep throat.  Half of first grade got it.  Today was a borderline day and I let you make the call.  It's your body.  Up until ten minutes before go time, you were staying home.  Then suddenly you

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Leprechaun Trap!



This year Jack had to set a leprechaun trap in kindergarten. A pot of gold was his bait! In the morning he was ready to go to school to check his trap, but first we had to snap his annual St. Patrick's Day portrait.  Look at the shamrocks around his feet.  I love Florida

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Silent Mother



  I haven’t spoken to my children in three days. Not an easy feat when they are five and six years old, but a necessary one because I have laryngitis.  It’s a common ailment for me; basically, I catch colds in my voice box.  It may have always been a vulnerable body part; I

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Book Love: My Stroke of Insight



Ever scribble down a title to a book based on an interview and forget all about it? It happens to me all the time. Recently I remembered just such a book, Jill Bolte Taylor's memoir, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, which I had heard about in an Oprah

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Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles



Alligators are old hat here in Florida. We see them all the time.  My kids have touched many babies whose jaws were taped shut.  I've never bicycled through Shark Valley without passing several gators in my path. But crocodiles...whew... they seem downright dangerous. I once attended an

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Leftover Frosting Tip



I always seem to end up with not enough or too much frosting when decorating cookies and cakes.  With a batch of freshly-frosted goodies on hand, the last thing I want to do is have an extra bowl of frosting beckoning midnight fingers for a quick swipe.  On the other hand, it seems a shame to

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Max’s First Speech



Today the first and second graders at Max's school dressed up like presidents and delivered speeches to the entire school.  Quite a feat for six, seven and eight year olds!  Max was Abraham Lincoln and we are ridiculously proud of him. [caption id="attachment_8150" align="alignnone"

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Why Holidays?



Almost every holiday starts at the breakfast table in my house. Decorations hang from the chandelier, a message is posted on the menu chalkboard, and at each place setting you will find a card or a small gift.  We celebrate early, a habit echoing my own childhood delight at waking up to a

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Green is the Color of Love



According to ancient wisdom traditions, the color of our heart chakra is green.  Chakras are wheel-like concentrations of energy in the body, located up and down the spine.  There are seven and each is associated with a different color and energy.  Beginning with red at the root of the

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake



Ah, lemons! My absolute favorite flavor!  They are the crown jewels of both the savory and sweet worlds.  Today's recipe is simple, yet elegant.  Comforting, yet divine.  Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake has a crisp, almost meringue, outer shell with rich gooey lemon goodness underneath. I

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