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Guys day

(cross –posted at…) I live with one of those most interesting creatures known to human civilization: a teenager. With all of the trials and frustrations that are part of raising this young man to be a responsible, self-reliant, caring, … Continue reading

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Sweet! Online genealogy database is free for me now – because I live in New Jersey

and all you need is a library card! I had heard about HeritageQuest before … and just steered away from it because of it being subscription-based.  Although I’m quite interested in genealogy and family history – have been for quite … Continue reading

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While going through the kid’s school papers – that unfunded mandated rears its ugly head again

So now we’ve returned to that annual event of – ahem – practicing for the state’s standardized tests which will, among other things, waste enormous amounts of time and money.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m all for some sort of … Continue reading

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The Giving of Gamers – Make a Kid’s Day –

Way cool! – Check it out … With the help of hospital staff, we’ve set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, and movies. You can go to each hospital’s list and buy a toy, and that … Continue reading

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Stories give the meaning & Which Civil War General Are You?

Recently came back from a family trip (mini-vacation) to Gettysburg PA.  This year was particularly cool (not in a temperature way, but in a demeanor way of being awesome) because we had a very specific mission … to find the … Continue reading

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Lost my grandmother

It’s times like these where things are brought into very sharp, clear focus. I’m likely not going to blog for awhile as family matters will be taking up most of my time. Today I lost my grandmother (who just passed … Continue reading

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three generations!

how many 11-year olds can say they get to play pinochle with their 90+ year old great-grandmother?  here’s a photo of my son playing three-handed pinochle while visiting my grandmother for New Year’s Day. (he’s so proud that he can … Continue reading

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