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The Inconvenient Hamster Truth

  • 22 Sep, 2007
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Parenthood and pet ownership go hand-in-hand Our family has owned a hamster for five months, but not the same hamster. We try to be conscientious pet owners. We prepared for our new pet in the same way we prepared for a baby: we read a manual, created a lovely habitat, and bought all the accessories […]

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Who Is In Your Village?

We are so lucky. While we have no family in this part of the country, we are surrounded by lots of friends. Helpful, babysitting, diaper-changing friends. And as the famous saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Having said that, we have tried to balance the kindness of our friends and their […]

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In the passenger seat

We nod at each other. It’s more than a greeting. It’s acknowledgment. We’re in this together. We’re Passenger Seat Parents. I put off letting my teen-aged son get his learner’s permit for as long as I could. But I finally grew weary of his constant reminders of how, you know, unfair it was when everyone […]

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What's in a [Trailer Park] Name?

  • 15 Sep, 2007
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My real name is not Annie. It is Annette but I have been Annie since Day One. I’m not even sure why they bothered to name me Annette. Mom and Dad just should have put Annie on the birth certificate. When I started college, I thought that I would try out Annette for awhile. It […]

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