Category Archives: Family


  Thundersnow?? Snow Bomb? We’ve had our share of winter extremes, the most recent, Winter Storm Quinn,  this past Wednesday, March 7. Just last Friday, March 2, we had an unnamed nor’easter. I was expecting friends for dinner and all … Continue reading

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Grandma Diary: Censorship & A Science Museum

My grandson looked over my shoulder as I read the morning newspaper. “Why are those girls crying?” he asked. I quickly turned the paper over. How to explain sexual assault to an eight-year-old? “They’re upset about something bad that happened … Continue reading

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Chemical Crayons

Sometimes a crayon should just be a crayon. Not so for blogger and crafter, Que Interesante, whose slogan “where geek meets art” helps her sell products that combine science with craft items. For a few bucks, you can buy her … Continue reading

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Holiday Shopping: Gun Control

Making your holiday shopping lists? Already hitting the stores and online sites? Have you considered adding a bulletproof backpack for your children and grandchildren? When my kids went to school, I packed their lunches and hoped they had whatever else … Continue reading

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Four Books & A Movie

When asked about what he looks for in a novel, actor and writer Tom Hanks told the New York Times, “ Authenticity. I want to see the world accurately, and history examined is search of the details of truth.” Hanks’ … Continue reading

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Beach Day: Seal Release!

My husband had returned from the West Coast on a red-eye flight and suggested we go to the beach for the afternoon. We’ve been going to Sandy Hook National Seashore for years. A sunny, mild day, the beach, post-Labor Day, … Continue reading

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Back to School: Teachable Moments

Visiting my sister Madeline last week, we took in the eclipse and did some errands before she returned to work as a teacher on Wednesday. She’d been into her classroom several times over the summer, labeling bookshelves, covering bulletin boards, … Continue reading

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