25 Back-to-school Items Your Kids Can’t Geek Without

Doing your back to school shopping online, maybe? Do me a big favor and use this link.It will take you to Amazon, and you'll have the exact same shopping experience as you always do -- only my code is craftily embedded in the link, and every time you buy something, I get a percentage. Easy for you, super super super helpful for us!We are still in denial about school shopping, but there are a few items that caught my eye -- things that will help ease the pain when we can't put it off any longe … [Read more...]

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Frank Underwood and Andy Sipowicz meet God

This is the season where House of Cards lost us.For the first few seasons, the writers managed to keep up the with complicated, deliberately heavy-handed game they were playing. But when we got to season 3, episode 4, my husband and I watched quietly, and then reached the same conclusion: "Hey, remember Frasier? That was a good show. Let's watch Frasier."Here's what pushed us over the edge. It made sense, at first, that a guy like Frank Underwood would start to falter as soon as he ac … [Read more...]

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Fifty Christmas presents our kids loved

We sure do buy a lot of presents around here. Today seems like a good time to talk about the ones that turned out to be good purchases -- the ones our kids actually played with, and that didn't fall apart right away, and that seemed worth the price.All the links lead to products on Amazon. I've mentioned many a time, I get a small percentage of each sale made using one of the Amazon links on my page. These little bits of sales really add up, and help our family out tremendously!We get a p … [Read more...]

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Dolly Parton. Still.

How did I miss this? Dolly Parton has a new album out -- her 42nd studio album! -- and it is great, of course. Blue Smoke was released this year, and it is solid.  Here is the song I'm fixated on at the moment: her utterly natural take on Dylan's "Don't Think Twice":  Love Dolly Parton. 68 years old and hasn't started phoning it in yet. The older I get, the more I admire people who know how to work and keep on working, and who know exactly what their gifts are and how … [Read more...]

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Mother of Nine Accidentally Launches NFP Bestseller; Needle Buried on Irony Meter

MARLBOROUGH -- Popular blogger Simcha Fisher’s first book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, became a bestseller overnight after Fisher accidentally published the e-book a month early.“I freaked out when I realized it was live, but I couldn't figure out how to take it down. The next morning it was a number one bestseller on Kindle,” Fisher said.  "Apparently there was an option to set the release date, but I sort of glossed over that part, and now here we are.  Great news, obviou … [Read more...]

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