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Jack’s take on Isla’s magic eyes…

In my quest to ensure that Isla feels at ease wearing her glasses, I decided to have a discussion with my son Jack about making sure he tells her he loves them, and that he looks after her if someone starts to tease her. I started by telling him that Peanut was a fairy-tale princess […] Read more

Her magic eyes…

We recently paid a visit to our optometrist to get Isla’s eyes checked out. Seemingly overnight, she developed a lazy eye. Or maybe two. Turns out, she’s far sighted. Apparently enough for the optometrist to warn me that her eyes were going to be noticeably magnified. Translation: she needed glasses. Really thick ones. As we […] Read more


I got skills…

My skills used to include drinking vodka and chain-smoking. I suspect if we go far enough back, I’m of Russian descent. As a parent, I’ve had to hang up my shoes in these arenas and have attempted to better myself in the areas of baking, cooking, knitting, crafts… you know, all that crap that involves heavy […] Read more

Life’s secrets, according to you… Part 3

Our children are growing up in a world that has stripped away the need for any imagination. It’s all laid out for them. Every conceivable story from vampires to wizards to werewolves and back. Throw in technology and social networking, and everything is just one click away. We had “The Littlest Hobo,” “The Beachcombers” and […] Read more








Our House Rocks…

Recently, I found myself uttering the following sentence to my two-year-old: “We, as a family, don’t sneak into the crib and slick our baby brother up like a seal with Daddy’s Old Spice deodorant.” Now this got me to thinking — I often find myself making reference to the collective “we.” We don’t do that […] Read more

New Year’s resolutions…

In case you missed my last two articles (cue gasps of incredulous disbelief from me this time… How dare you not immediately flip to the Farm Life section? Where’s your heart?), let’s recap. Recently, I found myself making a list for how I want to live my life, and more importantly, the lessons I want […] Read more