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The Perfect Tool for Training Kittens

Being a cat person, I have discovered a great upside to living with a family that includes a teenage girl: She brings home kittens. Not all the time, thankfully. Once is enough. But the new family kitten (above) is fun to…

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Some Audio Books Worth Listening To

I love getting books as gifts. And I love to give them. I am blessed with children who enjoy this as much as I do. So Christmas, as always, included a pleasant exchange of literary discoveries. But what’s even better…

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Netflix for Families

I like Netflix better than most other things for my kids TV watching needs. It lets them watch on the device they have, lets me keep an eye on what they watch, and sometimes — when I see one of…

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Planning a Tech-Free Vacation

My family started taking a tech-free vacation years ago. The first time, I persuaded my family it would be fun to hike to the top of the Smoky Mountains and stay at Le Conte lodge. (That’s a view from the…

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A Girl Detective Binge

My daughter and I have lately been on a total “girl detective binge,” as my son put it. We have been watching the long-cancelled-but-worth-watching Veronica Mars series at The WB – sometimes two or three episodes at a time. And…

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