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12 Ways to Give Fun, Not Stuff

Ten years ago this month, our Christmas budget officially blew up. Perhaps your family was hit by the same destructive force: The Great Recession.  If I close my eyes, I can still feel the throbbing that overtook my frontal lobe…

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Hunting for Santa

On a special December Saturday in 1983, Dad woke up early to warm up the Toyota. By seven o’clock, my sister Susan and I were inside the car. Then, we waited for Mom, who perpetually ran late. We needed to…

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Desirée Roots is a Treasure

This month, we caught up with singer, actor, dancer, wife, and mother (that makes her a quadruple threat, right?) Desirée Roots. A bright light on regional stages and beyond, she got her start in professional theatre at thirteen and is going…

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How to Dad!

About three years ago, I started helping with a class for expectant dads. Taught by veteran dads, the format allows men to ask all the questions they have on their minds in a comfortable setting. In preparing for the parenting…

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Raising Voters

When my youngest daughter turned eighteen last month, my mother asked me if I was going to “drag her to the polls” in November. She remembers when I turned eighteen a long time ago and voting was not exactly top of…

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Meet Elijah! Voice for Justice

Not many 14-year-olds have given speeches across the country for national audiences. Not many teens have had conversations with prominent leaders like Former President Barack Obama and Reverend Al Sharpton. Or created a company that inspires young people to dream…

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Talking to Your Kids About Race

Last year, a video Snap was made public where white students from an area middle school held down African American students in sexually explicit positions while making racist remarks. Naturally, parents were appalled. Social media responses like “This is not…

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Welcome back to school!

Raise your hand if you failed to accomplish all of your summer bucket list items! Yeah, me too. You know what they say about the road to… well, you know. The summer starts off slowly enough, but boy, by the…

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Meet Media Queen Mom Sarah Bloom

As morning co-anchor for NBC12, Sarah Bloom is used to getting up hours before the sun peeks over the horizon. She’s usually at work around three-thirty in the morning. But right now, it’s not her job at the station that…

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