Category Archives: Newspaper columns

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {January}

I used to think retailers crammed the idea of organization down everyone’s throats in early January becauseView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {December}

Elf on the Shelf. If you’re like most, those four words just caused an avalanche of strong opinions toView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {August}

Every time I buy bananas, whether it’s three or a big bunch, I know at least one of them will inevitably turnView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {July}

After six hours on a bus, the 7-year-old disembarked and greeted me with a shy hug. I introduced her to the rest of myView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {June}

Based solely on advertising, you’d think the rewards of fatherhood are ties, tools, grilling and golf. WhetherView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {May}

A few hours ago, while the rest of my family was inside taking their usual spots at the kitchen table,  I sat immobileView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {January}

“This year, my resolution is not to sneeze!” my husband announced minutes before midnight on New Year’View full post »

A little sugar can go a long way {Altoona Mirror newspaper column}

I know life sometimes hands us lemons. But I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always easy making lemonade.View full post »

Christmas cheer is not okay in October {Altoona Mirror newspaper column}

“You’d better watch out …”  About two weeks ago, my husband started singing “Santa ClausView full post »

There’s lessons to be learned in weathering the storm {Altoona Mirror newspaper column}

When the hail started pelting the roof, I immediately wondered whether our new house had skylights I had never noticedView full post »

The amazing and messy moments of motherhood {Altoona Mirror newspaper column – May}

As I write this, it’s 1:57 a.m. on Wednesday night. No, wait, scratch that. Thursday morning. I think. I’mView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {April 2013}

I’ve discovered a great way to make a lasting impression on your new neighbors: Move in and rip up the huge gardenView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {February 2013}

A few days ago in the checkout lane at the grocery store, a very well-meaning woman looked at my 23-month-old son andView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {December}

One of my favorite features of our old house was a tall pine tree and row of evergreen bushes that surrounded our frontView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {November}

Every year around mid-November, my husband and I fight an epic battle over when to deck the halls. Personally, I thinkView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {October}

It’s no wonder people have moving sales. When you’re forced to put all of your belongings in boxes, itView full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {September}

Now that we’re halfway through the process of selling our house, I’ve decided that “For Sale”View full post »

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {August}

I can’t believe I have “First Day of School” scribbled in plain sight on the household calendar on myView full post »