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Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Once upon a midnight dreary, from lack of sleep my eyes were blearyI watched the world outside turn white,Turn snowy white throughout the night … while my husband snored.“When is spring,” I asked of him while he sawed wood some moreWith eyes still closed he said one word,Quoth the husband, “nevermore.”The groundhog woke, we placed our bets… would the spring come early yet?The yard outside was frozen stillBut all our hopes now lay with Phil ... as we waited to be sure.

Posted Feb 24, 2015 at 1:01 AM

In California recently, I was with two 11-year-old girls who were excited about watching the Oscars. Being in California meant that the awards would start at 6 p.m., which meant they could actually stay up to watch the whole thing. They love the...

Updated Feb 23, 2015 at 9:08 AM

I’m somebody’s mom. Two somebodys, actually. So by simple definition, that means I have almost no time for myself.

Posted Feb 18, 2015 at 1:01 AM

OK. I’ll admit it … I’m 50. I know, I can’t believe it either. One day I was 40 and then, boom, I was 50. At first there was quite a bit of denial, and then anger and sadness, and finally acceptance. And that was just the day before I turned 50 when...

Updated Feb 11, 2015 at 9:26 AM

By Tracy BeckermanMore Content NowBeep.

Updated Feb 10, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Browse a list of 18 insanely cute and creative ways to say "Happy Valentine's Day" to your loved ones this year.

Posted Feb 10, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Anger has been increasing lately toward the way standardized testing has taken over the educational process. Both parents and teachers are aware of the amount of school time devoted to the preparation for and taking of tests. Worse than that, is the...

Updated Feb 9, 2015 at 10:54 AM

I’m a talker. Always have been. And a big-time storyteller. Not that anyone around my house is ever clamoring to hear any. But I do love telling them. Especially stories of things I did when I was a kid.

Posted Feb 4, 2015 at 1:01 AM

By Tracy BeckermanMore Content Now“Your new cellphone is really cool, Mom,” my daughter exclaimed as she clicked through my phone functions with lightening speed. “And it’s loaded with a ton of emojis!”

Posted Feb 3, 2015 at 1:01 AM

A recent conversation with the mother of a middle-school child brought up a familiar theme. Her child was not having any specific problems in school but seemed not focused – or unable to focus – on schoolwork. Actually, that was the mother’s...

Updated Feb 2, 2015 at 9:48 AM

I’m an only child, so I always had a pretty good lock on being my parents’ favorite kid. (Tip: When you limit the options, the odds are always stacked in your favor.)

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