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The morning was hectic; we were running late. We had finally pulled into the parking lot of the elementary school when I looked down at my son's feet, clad in clunky snow boots.
"Your shoes are in your backpack, right?" I said.
"Ummmm," he answered. I sighed. He had forgotten them. Again. The shoes I had put right by the front door were probably still right there. Why couldn't he remember?!
"Sean!" I said sharply. "C'mon! You need to work on…Continue
Added by Diane Majeske on January 31, 2012 at 9:10pm — No Comments
My kids love technology. They could stay online for hours, love playing x-box games, even create their own videos. It's just part of their culture - I get it.
Sometimes I have to actually push them outside to go play in the real world.
I like technology, too - but I'm not quite so enamored. In fact, I even walk a fine…Continue
I have a castle in my living room. It's made from two cardboard boxes and multi-colored cardboard bricks . It belongs to Bowser - a fearsome, dragonesque character from the Mario games.
My son put it together one afternoon. He decorated it with Mario trading cards, drew a few decorations on the front, then gathered up all his Mario plushies and set them around his creations. Some are Bowser's minions, out to do harm. Others are heroes on dangerous rescue…Continue
Added by Diane Majeske on January 21, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments
Other people get great ideas in the shower. I get mine frying bacon.
I don't know why. Maybe it's the mesmerizing sizzle. Maybe it's the fact that I'm just a captive audience for so many minutes - watching, flipping and adjusting the slices so they don't scorch - in a peaceful kitchen so early in the morning.
And it's not brain surgery.
So there I stand, sipping coffee, and I can hear the kids giggling downstairs and the dog causing trouble in the other room but here in…Continue
Added by Diane Majeske on January 16, 2012 at 1:41pm — No Comments
"If you want to have a better dog, you need to be a better person."
I read that phrase awhile back in a Jon Katz book. Katz is an author and dog lover and when I read it, it seemed to make sense. It also seemed pretty easy, since we didn't own a dog at the time.
The we adopted Copper from the local humane society. Well, I didn't adopt him. My kids did. They fell in love with his big brown eyes and his gangly limbs and his overenthusiatic confusion at his…Continue
Added by Diane Majeske on January 10, 2012 at 10:55pm — No Comments
So my daughter asked me a question last night, and I've been thinking about it all day.
"What do you do when you have to be around people you don't like?" she asked me. It was late, and I was tucking her into bed. She likes to do this to me, my little princess does; she asks me questions about life and love and God right before bedtime, when any real creativity I've had has trundled off to sleepytime and all I'm really thinking about is crawling under the covers with a good…Continue