When the holidays or my sons’ birthdays roll around, my parents, looking for gift ideas, ask me, “What are they interested in right now?” The key words in that question are “right now.”
Twice per school year at Manzanita Elementary School the Family Faculty Organization, or FFO — which is similar to a PTA — puts on a book fair. The students go nuts over it. They love books, and they love to read. I’ve been a co-chair of the book fair for the last 2ƒ years, and it’s a fun an…
Because of the Sept. 1 kindergarten cutoff date where I grew up, and because my birthday is in early September, I was the first of my high school friends to turn 16, get my driver’s license and start driving. I was also the first of my college friends to legally get into bars. On both occasi…
For many years, I was a “city girl.” I lived in Chicago — not “Chicagoland” or any of the suburbs that are miles and miles from the city.
Shortly after our family moved to the Foothills, we heard friends and acquaintances talk about Coronado, Calif. People raved about it. They told us it's a wonderful vacation destination, with beautiful beaches, lots of green parks and activities for the whole family. One friend described it …
Sometimes I go to the grocery store and feel like there is nothing suitable to buy. There are so many books and schools of thought regarding what we should and shouldn't eat.
A series of humorous commercials for Dos Equis beer features a character touted as "The Most Interesting Man in the World." The Man is shown in exotic settings easily performing feats such as freeing a bear from a trap and surfing a killer wave.
In my last column, in late December, I wrote about our family's desire to find a consistent volunteer opportunity for the four of us. We have had difficulty finding that, and I asked readers to write in with suggestions. I would like to thank the readers who shared the following leads with me:
'Tis the season of giving, and volunteer opportunities abound. Preston's and Griffin's elementary school has a holiday project in which food, clothing and toys are collected for needy families at another elementary school in Tucson.
A draft of a speech with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's edits is on display at a Pearl Harbor museum.
A week before the Catalina Foothills School District fall break, I emailed Preston's and Griffin's teachers to let them know that the boys would be missing the three half days preceding the two-day break, and I felt guilty.
As summer winds down, here are a few topics that have come to mind lately.
Avid reader Preston Helfand, 8, doesn't leave home without two books - his current read and a backup in case he finishes it.
Our son, Preston, who is 8, can't get enough of books. He loves to read. He won't leave home without a book in his hands. Actually, he takes two books with him wherever he goes - the one he is currently reading and a second book as a backup in case he finishes the first book.
I feel like March is giving Christmastime a run for its money as the most wonderful time of the year.
Today I'd like to share some thoughts I've had on music, the
Tucson Lifestyle "Best of the City" article and the passing of
author Jeffrey Zaslow.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is enjoying the
lights. I grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and a very important holiday
tradition there is the Plaza lights.
Over the last year or so, as we sit down to dinner, our family
has gotten into the habit of sharing something aloud that we are
thankful for. It has been great for us to stop and reflect on the
wonderful things in our life, some major, some trivial.
Years ago, when I was a new mom carrying my baby boy around
town, complete strangers would sometimes stop me to say hello and
then advise me, "Kids grow up so fast. Enjoy them while you can."
Then they would tell me about their teenagers or grown