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Hospital Clinic of Horrors

October 30, 2014

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Just in time for Halloween, many people are search out the creepy and macabre. Fright fests and haunted houses – all for the quick thrill of an elevated heart rate while you try to catch your breath.

Forget the zombies, ghouls, goblins and ghosts; never mind the dilapidated abandoned asylum. Looking to traumatize your tiny people? Bring them on down to the recently renovated hospital on pediatric flu shot clinic day. (more…)

TechMom Tuesday: The Problem with Pants (or iPhone 6 and form factor)

October 23, 2014

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Due to a poor experience with customer support, Clinton has decided to shut down AlliOSNews, the techie site – extolling all the goodies and gunpowder on the Apple OS. I’m well aware it’s Thursday. TechMom Tuesday is typically published the first Tuesday of every month. As this may be the last official TechMom Tuesday, I will continue chatting about my use of technology on actual Thursday’s here in my little corner of the inter webs.

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Case of the Broken Tail

October 20, 2014

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Scout’s tail never stops moving. In full “love the one you’re with” Labrador enthusiasm, his otter tail is always thwacking his excitement.

I grew up in a Southern California desert canyon <cue ominous Wild West whistling> fueled by the fire of 1,000 suns.

It is a death valley of its own kind for lizards and lawns alike. My parents’ house has plant potters housing baby palm trees. Lizards scale the basket – lured by the mirage of water amid the cool 95-degree autumn afternoons. Cacti stand in mocking triumph over the fallen. (more…)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Preschool Kids

October 13, 2014

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I had the week off work. So in a moment of guilt over being “that parent” (we’re the ones who never attend any of the preschool festivities), I decided it would be a wonderful idea to chaperone the pre-K excursion to the pumpkin patch – their first field trip ever.

“We’re going on a magic school bus!” their teacher enthusiastically declared. “It’s just a regular bus,” she whispered to the parents. I wasn’t sold. All the evils of a school bus combined with 60 4-year-olds? Sure sounded like a job for Mrs. Frizzle to me. (more…)

Importance of the Arts

October 6, 2014

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Recently I overheard a conversation deriding the arts.

I sat unassumingly minding my own business when words began raising my blood pressure as they seemingly grew in volume. A loud opinionated individual was ranting to someone about the waste of theatre and how all the elitist people think they’re doing something worthwhile.

Spoiler alert: They are. (more…)

Sorry, Had to Go See About a Ball

September 23, 2014

 

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I died on a Tuesday.

I was old. My once golden fur had long since faded to white. My joints ached. My body hurt. The seizures were robbing my mind of more of me every day.

I’d wandered the backyard. I tossed my tire rope to myself for a while. I chased my ball. I remembered being a younger pup; I could play fetch for hours, rest for a few moments and hit the grounds for more. (more…)