The Joys of Adult Playtime

The best days of my life were my childhood days.  Life was so simple then, stripped of the complications of technology and soap opera-inspired drama.  All a child needed to thrive was having these four basic needs met: food, shelter, clothing and … [Continue reading]

Liahona Academy – A Therapeutic Boarding School for Boys

From the Liahona Academy: … [Continue reading]

Fashionable Finds for Boys

If you could see me now, I"m slapping myself on the forehead because of another memory lapse.  With barely a few winks before Christmas day, it just dawned on me that I still don't have a present for one of my nephews.  How could that have slipped … [Continue reading]

Children’s Book Campaign Reunites Son with Father after Seven Years

Here’s a heartwarming story to bring out the holiday spirit in us all: StarBoy is a children’s book, written and illustrated by Ventura-based community storyteller Noah Crowe, about growing up missing his father, rites of passage, and … [Continue reading]

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs: A Review

It’s been a while since I last read my daughter a bedtime story.  When she started telling me about her crush at school- and how she’d grin from ear to ear while talking about him- I knew it was the start of the end of innocence for her.  … [Continue reading]

Get Back to Nature in a Cabin

Want to introduce the kids to nature for a few days without having to sleep in a tent?  Before you think of the cost and hassle of renting an RV consider another option, staying in a cabin. Believe it or not, you can enjoy the wild outdoors from the … [Continue reading]

Religion Bites

About two weeks ago, I did something which I haven’t done in ages- I went to church.  I went through the motions like I always have.   Growing up in a Catholic school, making the sign of the cross and clutching the rosary used to be part of my … [Continue reading]

The One Without a Witty Title

More than two weeks have gone by, and I still haven’t written a new post for this blog.  This is more than a simple case of writer’s block. Just like a romance gone sour, I feel I have lost my passion to write.  The motivation to weave words … [Continue reading]

The Magic of Magic Words: Teaching Kids- and Grown Ups- To Say “Please” and “Thank You”

In my line of work, I have to deal with children every single day.  What I do is not for the faint of heart, that I can say with certainty.  In the middle of all the shushes and tests of patience, I always remind them to use the magic words … [Continue reading]

Please Pass the Tissues: Kids and the Common Cold

The common cold is like a bad birthday gift that keeps on giving! And back-to-school time means colds are not far behind. But there are ways to prevent the spread of cold germs, and teaching your kids to practice good hygiene can go a long way to … [Continue reading]