Category Archives: Family

The Horror of Circumcision

My stepdaughter had her newborn son circumcised today. I knew if she had a boy that she intended to have that done, but I had hoped once her baby was born, she would look in his sweet, trusting eyes and … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of the Step-Grandma

My husband’s daughter has just had a baby. Yay, woo-hoo, congratulations.  No, really, I’m very happy for them.  But can I be excused from being too deliriously enthusiastic about it?  And is it okay if I don’t really consider myself a grandma yet? The … Continue reading

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Who We Are: The Sum of Our Experiences

Last night, as my husband and I worked through a misunderstanding that had caused some bent feelings between us, I mentioned (again) my discontent with the fact that he feels done with having kids because he has three from his … Continue reading

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The Ethicality of Fishing

My husband has begun teaching our kids how to fish, and I’m not sure how I feel about that.  I am not a vegetarian, and I firmly believe that eating animals is not only tasty, it’s nutritionally superior.  But I … Continue reading

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Easter Traditions

In a bid for us to eat more healthfully, I cut added sugar from my family’s diet a few weeks ago.  So where does that leave Easter?  I thought about getting the kids sugar-free candy, but that’s never quite as … Continue reading

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Am I Fun Deficient?

Several days ago my husband and I were at the grocery store together.  As the clerk began scanning our purchases, he asked, “Do anything fun lately?” I was at a loss for words.  I prefer minimal conversation from cashiers because it … Continue reading

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Life Without Television

For over three years, I lived in a remote area where broadcast and cable television were not available.  I could have gotten satellite TV, but I didn’t miss cable enough to ever get around to checking into it.  My little … Continue reading

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