The vehicle I drive is white, but it might as well be yellow because most days of the week, I am a taxi. more

Nov 22, 2017 8:48 PM Kari Kampakis

What’s pink with jingle bells around its neck and goes hippity-hop through the mud and snow? more

Nov 22, 2017 5:45 PM Rick Watson

When my daughter was 6 years old, she showed an interest in art. Because I’m not artsy person, I did what non-artsy moms do: I signed her up for art lessons. more

Oct 30, 2017 4:13 PM Kari Kampakis

When talking with a friend recently, I mentioned that coming up with fresh ideas for this column was sometimes a struggle. more

Oct 30, 2017 3:02 PM Rick Watson

While driving my kids to school one day, I told them it was almost time for an annual lake trip our family takes with friends we see once a year. more

Sep 27, 2017 4:37 PM Kari Kampakis

Back in July, Father’s Day got me to thinking about the mentors in my life. My father taught me things that have been vital throughout my life. more

Sep 26, 2017 7:59 PM Rick Watson

There are certain moments in parenting where you want to hang your head in disgrace and immediately disappear. more

Aug 23, 2017 6:44 PM Kari Kampakis

There’s an old rake in our shed with a handle worn smooth from use. We inherited it from Jilda’s mom, Ruby, along with many other things. more

Aug 23, 2017 2:52 PM Rick Watson

A friend of mine once had jury duty and didn’t know a soul. When it came time to choose her seat, she did what most of us do: She scanned the faces of potential jurors, saw a woman who reminded her of herself and sat down by her. more

Jul 27, 2017 7:25 PM Kari Kampakis

A word of warning: This is a bittersweet story about a tiny critter that lived next door in the home of Jilda’s brother, Ricky, and his family. more

Jul 27, 2017 6:00 PM Rick Watson

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Mar 28, 2017 7:08 PM Kari Kampakis

I once asked a principal whom I met through my work with teenagers what advice he had for parents. After thinking a few seconds, he said this: Presume positive intent. more

Jan 27, 2017 4:59 PM Kari Kampakis

It’s easy to forget how sensitive animals can be. more

Jan 27, 2017 4:50 PM Rick Watson

I’ve never been a fan of pretense. Even as a little girl, if I sensed that a person was acting fake or a little hoity-toity for my taste, it made me want to run the other way. more

Dec 28, 2016 7:46 PM Kari Kampakis

Rick Watson is a columnist and author. His latest book, “Life Changes,” is available on You can contact him at more

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