I know a lot about a lot of things–but I’ll say right now that yard work isn’t my area of expertise. I don’t much like yard work or gardening. Stuff like this is just too boring because preparing soil and planting seeds seems like just hard work with not much THINKING involved–guess I just prefer […]

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It’s often a shock when you first find out that your child has received a bad test score. But whether you child’s scores have been slowly falling over time or have taken a sudden drop, it’s important to deal with the situation positively–and quickly–to fix  the problem. Steps to Improving Your Child’s Test Scores 1. […]

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With my son entering fifth grade next year, the time has come (so the school tells me) for him to choose an instrument to play for band. Choosing the right instrument at this stage is more important than it might seem at first because it will determine what he can choose when going into middle […]

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Complaining about your Papa John’s Pizza order will get you . . . free pizza, most likely. Let me explain how it happened for me: A couple of weeks ago, I ordered 2 large pizzas from Papa John’s–a Spicy Italian and a Works, both with light cheese. For this order, I decided to forgo the […]

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I like to see the opportunity in everything–especially in situations that seem, on their surface, to be the most troublesome. And Playstation’s outage has definitely been troublesome. The Playstation Network outage has been more than a little inconvenient for my family. My 10-year-old son had been really excited about being able to play Transformers online […]

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The Meaning of the Book’s Title: Dog Days In this fourth addition of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, the phrase “dog days” refers to two things. First, it identifies the time frame during which this book occurs, which is during the “dog days” of summer. Secondly, it refers to the subject of family […]

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Moms do more than their fair share of worrying about their family’s safety. The make sure their kids wear jackets as they make their way to school on chilly spring mornings .  They make sure their child has (more than) enough snacks packed for that weekend sleepover at a friend’s house. They insist their husbands […]

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A while back, I wrote about the Amazon Vine Program, which exists so that Amazon can get customer reviews for products prior to their release dates. This helps Amazon to sell more products–even before they come out–which is great for Amazon’s bottom line. Plus, Amazon gets paid by manufacturers for this service. So what’s in […]

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