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“…I still don’t understand why it happened.”

“…I still don’t understand why it happened.”

Grace wandered into my office this morning as I again watched the memorial video my team created this year to honor the colleagues we lost during the attacks on the Twin Towers. She stood silently by my side for a few seconds,...

When Your Daughter Says “I’m Not Pretty!”

Last night, as always, I went in to give Grace a kiss goodnight before flopping into bed myself. It’s one of my favorite (and only!) rituals. Typically, she’s asleep, and I witness every parent’s favorite moment: the sheer angelic serenity and peace that seemingly...

Cue the Circus Music: Science School is Now Cancelled

Cue the circus music. Update - outdoor school is now cancelled, and the entire school district is shutting down. I guess the extreme weather forecast and winter weather warnings all day yesterday were not enough, so cancelling as the outdoor school buses were supposed...

Science School / Outdoor School Prep

Science School / Outdoor School Prep

Outdoor school prep. Knowing that Gavin will, for sure, skip showering once he realizes it’s not a requirement and that none of his friends are doing it, I still packed a washcloth, small towel and bar of soap into a waterproof zip pack just in case. There’s a list of...

MOTY Nomination 2018

MOTY Nomination 2018

There are so many instances where I should get a MOTY (mom of the year), but this one is truly up there. Almost Lifetime Achievement worthy.

Some Suitable Alternatives for Your Holiday Listening Pleasure?

Some Suitable Alternatives for Your Holiday Listening Pleasure?

Around this point in the Christmas season, I've about had it with the Christmas music selection on the radio. I don't know how it works, but I swear stations buy the rights to about 12-15 songs that fit their format and play them endlessly. Sadly, they are missing...

Grace’s View on the Return of Will & Grace

Grace’s View on the Return of Will & Grace

FRIENDS! I am so excited for the return of  Will & Grace. It is one of my all-time favorite shows and I am hoping for a healthy dose of fresh and nostalgia tomorrow night. I am steering clear of reviews and early media coverage so my viewing experience is...

School Picture Day

School Picture Day

Today was everyone's favorite: School Picture Day. Or, the parent preferred: Fashion Battle [insert year here] and Hair Style Throw Down [insert year here]. Or...maybe that's just the Clark parent's preferred nomenclature. I suspect not, but maybe it's just us. We...