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Liz’s Rants – I hate homework

Remember when you were in first grade? Those were good times – at least for me. Hard work meant choosing between the lilac or hot pink crayon. My, how things change. Flash forward to 2009 and my son Colton’s first grade class. The assignment was straightforward, stapled to a massive 11-by-17 sheet of paper, folded in half. In honor of Dr. Seuss, each child was asked to pick their favorite author, draw a picture of him or her and write a brief biography on the inside pages. The front “cover” was to be a drawing of one of the author’s books. The back “cover” was for a summary of the book. I’d be willing to bet Colton doesn’t even know what a book summary is – let alone how to write one. … read here

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Sometimes it’s the little things in life that put a smile on my face, an extra skip in my step, and generally make me feel like dancin’. Today’s boogie comes courtesy of the beginning of Daylight Saving Time on March 8. The name alone forces an immediately segue to point out the fact that there is no “s” at the end of “saving”. As my favorite newspaper publisher points out twice a year, savings are what you keep in the bank. Nevertheless, many people call it Daylight Savings Time. Now you know better. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants – No cat… and the mice are playing

Our only face-to-face confrontation came several weeks ago in the kitchen. The stare-down would have been laughable had his beady little eyes not been so… beady. I remember how he sat on the kitchen counter, glaring at me as if I had invaded his space. Unfortunately, I broke the stare down, turning my attention to a zipped baggie of chocolate chip cookies only a couple of feet away. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants – When spring sprang back to winter

Hi all! Liz here. It was less than 24 hours ago that Kate and I were discussing the fact that I was basking in the heat of 70 degrees while she dug her way out of seven inches of global warming, er, snow. The heat, if you can call it that, had been building for a couple of days, almost as if to prepare us for the idea of going outside without a jacket or earmuffs. Heaven forbid we jump right into 90 degrees, some humidity and a sandy beach. (Give a girl her dreams, ok?) … Read entire article »

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Coraline PG

Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher Animated Fantasy/Horror:  A lonely and bored preteen discovers a tunnel in her new house that leads to an alternate reality where almost everything is the same, except for attentive parents who have buttons for eyes and want her to join them there. Ebert   3 stars Reelviews   3 stars Kate 2  stars I really REALLY wanted to love this movie…and I did love about 2/3 of it, it’s the other 1/3 that gave me problems.  It’s waaay too scary for small or sensitive kids AND there’s an extended scene of a large breasted woman in pasties doing a circus act .  I thought this was supposed to be a kids movie! Tell us what YOU think about this movie in the comment box below. … Read entire article »

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