The friendly competition between René and myself began in grade one (back then Kindergarten was still non-academic) and continued on and off until I moved back up north. I have three memories of grade one: frequent nosebleeds, copying Luc et Martine va a l’école. off the chalkboard, and racing René to finish the math book. […]

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When I first moved to the States, I thought the timing of Thanksgiving so late in the year and so close to Christmas was akward. Why not have it on Columbus Day instead of creating a magnaholiday of Hallowe’en/Veteren’sDay/Thanksgiving/Christmas/NewYear’s? …until I realized that Thanksgiving’s timing in the US was specifically designed to get college students […]

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Fie! A Pox and a Hex on You!

There’s no way I got this cold from kissing my husband morning and night. His Airborne/Zicam/Tylenol coctail shielded me from any germs that would normally have transferred during the process. It’s just as unlikely that I got this cold from my students. We all know that while they don’t wash their hands after using the […]

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Lip Service

I’m really debating whether I should post this at all. After all, “better late than never” is not always the case, sometimes it’s just insulting. My Grandfather, still living, fought in WWII. And although this may be the last year he walks on his own in the parade, he did so, at 95 years old. […]

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Vacancy not Posted

Once upon a time when I was even more idealistic than I am now, I dreamed that my pregnancies would be times of deep introspection and contemplation. I would be so focused on the new life and so in tune with the little guy that I’d reach a new level of intelligence. In reality when […]

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Think Pink or True Blue?

Well folks, what it really came down to was science vs. superstition. Was science right in saying that the length of time before ovulation was long enough to kill off the boys and leave only the girls, or was superstition right in that the Phillips’ can only have boys? Grab your talismans and recite your […]

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Get Out The Vote

Yesterday was Election Day in the United States. Today, regardless of citizenship, nationality, or residency status, everyone is encouraged to vote here. Tomorrow we should find out the gender of the little one clinging to my walls, making today the last day to speculate. You can make an informed decision by carefully reading the voter’s […]

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Did You Feel That?

Wow. This whole weekend and week has been HOT! It’s been in the 90s every day and today was forcasted to be in the 100s! We’re breaking records left and right. I had to check the calendar just to be sure, I just couldn’t believe it is NOVEMBER. So here’s what I think: California must […]

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Guilty Pleasures

For some it’s “The National Enquirer” and for some it’s the celebrity tabloids. I read the real estate booklets. I had been on hiatus for a few months, but picked up a “Homes & Land” on my way out of Blockbuster this weekend, after all, the prices out here really are going down. For those […]

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Weakend Warrior

(The spelling of my title is intentional. Until an hour ago the title was going to be “Weekend Warrior”.)It’s important to us to take care of our apartment and do what maintenance we can ourselves. Someday we’ll own our own house and it’ll be nice to know what to do, but also because it’s important […]

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