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The true meaning of the Christmas season

December 19, 2010 And now, in what has become a tradition of bootlegging, I give you my version of Clement Moore’s “’Twas the Night before Christmas.” This year, the topic is as timely as the season. more »»

Cutting cards out of the Christmas whirlwind

December 12, 2010 And so, this is Christmas ... prep, actually ... 2010 styl. more »»

Son drops the ‘G’ word on unsuspecting mom

December 5, 2010 Eleven years ago tomorrow was the happiest day of my life. Bar none. It was the day my son Kyle was born. more »»

On Black Friday, to each his own craziness

November 28, 2010 Here it is — the post-Thanksgiving column. It goes without saying but I will again — I am blessed beyond imagination. more »»

Forgetting about ... what was it again?

November 21, 2010 You know you’re preoccupied when you forget to sleep. No, you didn’t read that wrong. I actually forgot to sleep last week. Sleep in, that is. more »»

Father Time is hitting the fast-forward button

November 14, 2010 It happened as we were on our way to Kyle’s indoor soccer game at the Mayor Ralph A. Infante Wellness Center in Niles. more »»

A parent’s nightmare: Adolescence

November 7, 2010 I need to take a moment today to thank my parents. Thanks to them, I am a well-adjusted, kind (I hope!) and caring individual. I have a lovely family, wonderful job, terrific friends. more »»

Why spend a day scaring ourselves silly?

October 31, 2010 At the risk of repeating myself for the umpteenth time, I hate Halloween. more »»

Just say no to negative campaign ads

October 24, 2010 Hi. I’m Patty Kimerer and I approve this column. Why wouldn’t I? They are, after all, my exact sentiments. And guess what’s on my mind this Sunday? Negative campaign ads. more »»

The scariest monsters of all: Mom and Dad

October 17, 2010 I have the sweetest little friend, Laura. I affectionately refer to her as “LB.” LB is about to become a mom for the first time. She’s so kind and sweet and adorable. more »»

The differences between men and women

October 10, 2010 OK, so today is 10-10-10. I know, I know, it’s super rare and way cool. It hardly ever happens. Except, of course, that it’s going to happen twice next year, sort of. You know, on Jan. 1 and Nov. 11. more »»

When did ‘Hello’ become so dangerous?

October 3, 2010 I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but typical everyday greetings seem to be causing quite the hullabaloo these days. more »»

Mom, middle school and the National Guard

September 26, 2010 Would you like to know two of the scariest words in all of Mom-dom? I’ll give you a hint: Middle School. Big gulp. Look, I’m not ready for Middle School. more »»

Shedding light on some common phrases

September 19, 2010 It is a wondrous day indeed when you realize that your child is brilliant! OK, so I’m a little biased. more »»

Going kicking and screaming into fall

September 12, 2010 You had it. I had it. We all had it. Actually, some of us are still having it. You know, “End of Summer, Icky Blechy, For the Love of Pete Why Is This Happening?” disease. more »»

Words that should be in the dictionary

September 5, 2010 So, every year the Washington Post publishes the results of its “Mensa Invitational” — a contest through which the paper invites readers to take any word from the dictionary and alter it by adding,... more »»

Viola, violin ... let’s call the whole thing off

August 29, 2010 This week, we’re going back to a very specific time in our collective childhood. more »»

Pondering the big mysteries of life

August 22, 2010 Isn’t it funny how, the older you get, the less you seem to actually know? You know what I’m getting at here; with age comes the wisdom that there are a ton of life mysteries which we mere humans... more »»

Song on the radio causes Mom to lose her cool

August 15, 2010 It finally happened. It was on Tuesday at about 7:30 p.m. That will go down in the annals of my familial history as the very moment I officially became old. more »»

You’re the windshield, or you’re the bug

August 8, 2010 Several years ago, country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter had a smash hit called “The Bug.” The refrain goes: “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. more »»



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