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I’ll never forget the Christmas of 1982, that’s because after months of begging and pleading – Santa (aka Mom & Dad) gave my sister and me one of the original home video game systems, an Atari 2600. The games were blocky and crudely animated, but they kept us mesmerized for hours. One of my favorite games to play was Pitfall! Players had to maneuver a character named “Pitfall Harry” through a maze-like jungle and recover various…Continue
Added by Debra Rutt on May 31, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments
When the weather started getting warm earlier this Spring, my son came home from school with a “bird feeder.” It was a pine cone that had been slathered with peanut butter and bird seed scooped on like sprinkles on ice cream. We hung it on a tree in the backyard, right next to his swing set/playhouse so he could climb up and look out to and see if any birds had taken a peck at his tasty treat.…Continue
Added by Debra Rutt on May 31, 2012 at 11:26pm — No Comments
You’d have to be hiding under a rock (or maybe just a guy) not to know that this Sunday, May 13 is Mother’s Day. For the past few weeks I’ve been flooded with advertisements and direct marketed emails for all sorts of “gifts to get mom” – flowers, jewelry, cookie bouquets and even boxes of chocolate covered strawberries.…Continue
Added by Debra Rutt on May 9, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments
Have you been following Linda Evangelista’s child support case against billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault? The one-time supermodel had been asking her baby daddy for a whopping $46,000 a month to raise their five-year old son. Now, I’m all about parental financial support-when two adults bring a child into the world, they both have an obligation to provide whatever the child needs, regardless of whether they stay together as a couple or not. But what I keep wondering, like most sane people…Continue
Added by Debra Rutt on May 7, 2012 at 4:13pm — No Comments
This image has been making well-deserved rounds in social media the past few days. Whenever I witness or even hear about parents and adults behaving like this, I cringe. I cringe because it happened to me – and even all these years later, still brings back some very hurtful memories.
I was 11 years old playing on a team in my town’s…Continue
Added by Debra Rutt on May 3, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Keeping with my goal to be a little more adventurous with my grill meals, this week I’m serving up Garlic-Lemon Rotisserie Chicken.
Rotisserie chicken is a popular meal option these days – from fast food restaurants to the deli counter at your supermarket to wholesale clubs (a CNBC documentary I saw about Costco last week said they sell 55 million of them a year!), and I’m telling you, it is an easy way to cook chicken! Food that is cooked slowly and in a…Continue
This weekend was a sort of rite of passage for us and our four and half-year old son. On Saturday night he got to stay up late with mom and dad to watch "Star Wars," one of our favorite films of all time! I wasn't much older than my son the first time I saw "Star Wars" in the theater that summer of 1977. It was like no other movie I had ever seen and fell in love with all the characters. I became obsessed, wearing my R2D2 shirt and playing with my "Star Wars"…Continue