A Roller Derby Rookie
By Erin Pagel (aka PB & Jam)
My legs splayed in seven directions. Seven seems impossible, but after strapping on my new-to-me roller skates and safety gear and venturing onto the polished cement floor, my legs splayed in seven directions. I fell, got up, fell again. And again. And again. Continue reading
By Brittney Marschall
Have you ever heard someone—a friend, colleague or neighbor—talk about their latest accomplishments, job, relationship or life adventure and wondered, “How do they do it all?” Well, it’s not just them; it’s all of us. Continue reading
By Maka Boeve
In a June 25, 2019 NBC News story, it was reported that “there is a shortage of 100,000 teachers nationwide.” There are also worries of potentially lowering educational standards to meet those voids.
Jessica Alexander remarks, “While being a teacher might not be the most desirable job today, it is so necessary and rewarding. Even on the hardest day, I get to go home knowing that I’m having an impact on the next generation. Continue reading
Lucky to be loved
By Kathryn Lenn
Casey and I met on Halloween of 2011 by a stroke of sheer luck. We had the same costume and snapped a photo together. That was it—I didn’t get his name or his number. But, the universe intervened. First, I passed him a week later without the chance to talk with him. But then I saw him again the week after that, and we were able to talk. The rest is history! Continue reading
All-Knowing, No Matter What
By Kathryn Lenn
The Tooth Fairy has been the subject of many of our favorite shows on Disney Junior as of late. One show depicted a tooth loss-ee losing said tooth, as it was stolen by another to receive the gift from the Tooth Fairy. Another reviewed the loss-ee being upset that the Tooth Fairy had not shown after his tooth was lost, and how they go to find the fairy and realize the problem was that it wasn’t under his pillow. Continue reading
Eight years ago, I hosted a one-day conference featuring Janet Bray Attwood, co-author of the bestselling book, “The Passion Test.” My daughter, just 16 years old at the time, was helping me with the event. Being her sweet self, she asked Janet how she could serve her. Janet, in turn, asked my daughter, Ashley Hallett, to sit down so she could practice her process. My daughter got a 45-minute coaching session with Janet Bray Attwood who invited her to become a certified facilitator for Passion Test for Kids & Teens.
Valentine’s Day 2009: Short trendy skirt, tall drink
Valentine’s Day 2019: Short toddler nap, tall coffee
In our family, it was around six years ago that Valentine’s Day stopped revolving around romantic love and started incorporating a different kind of love. You know, the kind of love that fills your heart even as you watch a nose being wiped across your work shirt: kid love. As any parent knows, kid love is a whole new level.
CERTAIN THINGS ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS HAVE ENDURED FOR GENERATIONS–CLASSIC SONGS, TRADITIONAL DECORATIONS AND BAKING. But take it from an accidental millennial, things have changed a lot since my childhood in the 80s and 90s. And as I watch my own little ones enjoying the magic of the season, I can’t help but notice all the ways our digital world has altered the childhood experience.
Rudolph On Demand
Remember when you had to vigilantly wait for weeks for Christmas specials to air? And then when you finally knew the date, time and channel, you had to help your parents finagle the VHS recorder if you wanted to watch it more than once? Today, at any time of year, at any moment, our kids can conjure up and watch nearly any special you can imagine. No waiting. No screaming at your brother for changing the channel. It’s just there. And for most of us, we don’t even have cable television anymore. Can you imagine not watching holiday commercials on repeat? How will our kids know what to ask Santa for?
IT IS MY OWN SUPERSTITION THAT EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THREES. PERHAPS I HAVE THIS SUPERSTITION BECAUSE MY BIRTHDAY IS MARCH 3, OR BECAUSE MY HUSBAND WAS MY THIRD BOYFRIEND. MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE WE LIVE IN THE THIRD HOUSE ON THE RIGHT, I’M 5 FEET 3 INCHES, MY BEST FRIEND IS THREE DAYS OLDER THAN I AM, OR BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER MADE US A FAMILY OF THREE WHEN SHE MADE HER DEBUT AT 33 WEEKS AND THREE DAYS. WHATEVER THE REASON, I BELIEVE IN THE “RULE OF THREE.”
This applies to many things in my life and it can seem inescapable at times. So, when the dishwasher was sparking and spitting smoke on a Monday evening, I got a little worried what would be next.
Our dishwasher was something my uneducated, first-time homeowner self took for granted. The first time we had it fixed, we were told to probably not fix it again because it was 15 years old. We knew it was only a matter of time, and that fateful evening we finally came to the end of the road with our beloved dishwasher.
When I peel back through my parents’ photo albums, there is a common theme…pages and pages of me posing, trying on my new school clothes, smiling in an exaggerated fashion to prove how cheerful I was. I loved being the center of attention. I needed the attention. It was my life source.
LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER
Fast forward 20 years. I am now an adult with a career and a home and a husband (and am severely embarrassed by my neediness as a child). Enter my daughter, Cecelia. From the moment she was born, Cecelia had an audience in us, her mom and dad. She is totally her mother’s daughter. Now I get to see what my parents experienced. And, let me tell you, it is such an amazingly entertaining show.