Your Child’s Special Needs Don’t Trump My Child’s Safety

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Having parented a child with special needs, I understand the frustration of dealing with a public school system when your child is struggling. But lately, a specific “special needs” child has been terrifying my child, and it’s making me rethink … Continue reading

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Catch the Trailer for My Grandon’s New Movie: Ghede Origins

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OK, this blog post is an unabashed proud grandmother post.  My grandson, Kameron Badgers, is the young actor you see in the trailer showing his on-screen mom (Cassie Shea Watson) a strange bite he received at school….just before a zombie … Continue reading

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The Language of Flowers: What’s the REAL Meaning of that Valentine’s Bouquet?

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Early in our courtship, my husband bought me yellow roses. I explained that yellow roses mean betrayal and duplicity, or an end to a relationship, and threw them away. I figured that, as the descendant of a long line of … Continue reading

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De-stressing Valentine’s Day for Kids: Heckerty’s Valentine

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As a grandparent raising one grandchild and staying involved with several others, one of my struggles is how to reduce the intense social pressure they feel to be “perfect” and “popular”, all while spending a lot of money on “the right stuff”. Valentine’s … Continue reading

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5 Unbreakable Acting Resume Rules

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Several years ago, a director spotted my grandson juggling at a local festival, and asked him to come in for a part in a national commercial.  The casting director sent an email: “Arrive at 10 a.m., and bring a headshot and resume.” … Continue reading

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Lessons I Learned from a Saguro Cactus and a Friend

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I met Beverlee Carlson LaBonte on the day when my 19-year-old son and her 17-year-old daughter informed us that we were going to become grandmothers. I wasn’t happy about it. She was.  The first complete sentence I heard from the … Continue reading

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How Google Killed the Cult — but Can’t Kill the Scam

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A couple of months ago, a Facebook friend posed the question, “Why don’t kids join cults anymore?” My reply to the inquiry wound up in an article in the Jewish Daily Foward titled, Jewish Parents Once Feared Kids Joining Cults — … Continue reading

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