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There’s a wild crabapple tree down by the barn that has never borne fruit, but through the years, it’s become one of our favorite trees. Jilda has kept her eye on it since early November. more

Rick Watson

I had a funny conversation with an 11-year-old girl. In talking about parenting and children, she matter-of-factly told me, “My dad was really spoiled growing up, and he says he’s not doing that to us because that’s not how the real world works.” more

Kari Kampakis

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan

The key to making pie crust shouldn’t be a mystery any longer. more

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I’m coming to another intersection in my life, and I need a good thinking place. more

Rick Watson

Boys compete. Girls compare. Wow, isn’t that the truth? more

Kari Kampakis

It was one of the meanest blog posts I’ve ever read — yet I found myself laughing. more

Kari Kampakis

When the Army drafted me in 1971, the roads in my life changed. more

Rick Watson

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

Need a quick Halloween treat for a party? These Rice Krispies pumpkins are a fun and easy dessert that can be made in an afternoon, with help from your kids. more

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When I was younger, I struggled with the thought of starting school that first year. I’d been a free-range kid ever since I could walk without an adult holding me up. more

Rick Watson

Unfortunately, rejection is a part of life. The only way to avoid it is to never take a chance, and what kind of life is that? more

Kari Kampakis

We stopped by to see Jilda’s sister Nell a few weeks ago, and during our visit, she told us about her latest kitchen thingamajig. more

Rick Watson

At every age, there will be people who like to belittle you, confuse you or make you feel insecure through their unpredictable behavior or underhanded remarks. more

Kari Kampakis

Under the ancient glider on our screen porch is a plastic tub of toys. We never had children, but we’ve served as baby sitters for working family members through the years. more

Rick Watson

I’ve noticed when teenage girls discuss teenage boys, they tend to group them into three categories: more

Kari Kampakis

My friend texted me at 5 a.m. — then followed up with an email. more

Kari Kampakis

My wife Jilda and I have pictures on our fridge. The photos are of three friends we’ve lost in the past year. They each held a special place in our hearts. more

Rick Watson

Congratulations, momma. You did it. You’ve ushered a miracle into this world. That newborn baby in your arms is a game changer, a tiny slice of heaven and the purest thing you’ll ever know on this side of eternity. more

Kari Kampakis

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Looking through Facebook posts of my friends this week, I felt a little envious and sad. It seems every other post is someone’s smiling mother. more

Rick Watson

Hoover City Council Nov 2016

Photo by Jon Anderson

The mayor and City Council should allow much public deliberation. more

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I’m not a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, but through random events I’ve met some amazing people who are. more

Kari Kampakis

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