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01/03/2013 16:34:40 PM

By Dennis Dames:   Many have said that it will be a good year; one where prosperity reigns and the hard times for so many deserving - subside. I'm feeling good about a fresh beginning, with a new unyielding outlook on life and the roads ahead. I could sense that success is on the horizon for ..

My sweet three-year old daughter shouts, "&$#@*&"."

01/03/2013 14:17:27 PM

Credit: en.wikipedia.orgClaire was still three when she startedjunior kindergarten in the mornings Experience taught me that the easiest and most effective way to influence my children was to ignore negative behaviour and to praise good behaviour. For example, if I didn't react to swear words,..

Celebrating Individuality Not Conformity

01/02/2013 14:43:06 PM

Credit: familyKatie had amazing concentration, even as a toddler. All children need free time, even boring times, to discover who they really are, what they are good at and what they enjoy. Our daughter, Grace became the philosopher/ artist she is today partly because I didn't have time to try ..

Great-Great-Grandma Drank the Best and Last Bottle

01/01/2013 23:03:26 PM

One of our better ideas was to make wine the old fashioned way. Michael and I like to experiment when we cook, bake bread or make pickles. Sometimes our creative endeavours are successful. Friends rave over our exotic herbs and vegetables, crocheted blankets, jewelry and home tied ..

How to Attract a Man through Humor

01/01/2013 08:59:10 AM

As I’ve stated before, I’m in no way, shape or form in the position to be giving advice on relationships.  However, I have had some success in the dating world, in my day and age, and I feel like a lot of that can be attributed to the use of humor. It’s important to note that ..

New Years Resolutions: Out With The Old and In With The New?

01/01/2013 00:21:38 AM

t I seem to cling to my past wounds and run back to my old dysfunctional habits. Especially at the beginning of each New Year we all long to change, to embrace a new start. However it is common knowledge that most of us will fail but do we fail completely? At first glance, I find a conundrum w..

Gutterball

12/31/2012 11:19:56 AM

It was summertime in New Orleans, and the night was opaque with a steamy-stench that lingered in the nostrils. They were two strangers waiting for the Carrollton Avenue bus, gray beads of sweat crawling like ants over their scalps, trickling down their backs. The woman put a Ta..

The Awakening

12/31/2012 11:13:33 AM

  ************************** I woke with another headache. It felt like there were hundreds of tiny people with tiny ice-picks  jabbing the inside of my skull. My wife says they will stop when I quit drinking the cheap tequila. Maybe she's right. The next day, inst..

"How Much Longer, Lord, How Much Longer?"

12/30/2012 23:32:52 PM

  Credit: daughterTeenagers love to drive parents crazy Living through teenage drama without loosing your sanity   One of my sons , in his early teens, had just announced that he could not stand living under our roof another minute,"I'm out of here!", he bellowed, "and don't expe..

A Seven-Year Old's Perspective: How To Handle a Two-Year Old

12/30/2012 16:36:10 PM

Credit: school "Want to know how to get a two year old to do what you want him to do? In our large family, my children discovered how to interact with each other, without my constant intervention. They all aquired wonderful people skills because they lived in a house with ten other very different pe..

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