January 20, 2018

Every Sunday could be Father’s Day

Father's Day inspiration

By Julie Samrick My uncle is in the end stages of ALS and was moved into comfort care this week. Though my dad has four daughters, the family he created with my mom, he’s said it’s a lonely feeling to be losing the last remaining member of his original family. At 67-years-old, my dad’s even… Read more

Yay or Nay to Elf on the Shelf?

Elf on the Shelf

By Julie Samrick Who knew a little Christmas elf could create internal conflict and even spark a mommy war? It wasn’t designed this way. The Elf on the Shelf was created by a mom in 2005 as a promise for more magic at Christmastime. Each household’s elf reports naughty or nice behavior back to the… Read more

When did asking someone to a dance become like a marriage proposal?

asking to dance like a marriage proposal

I’m fascinated by a trend that’s growing stronger: boys asking girls to formal dances with the sort of over-the-top gestures that rival grown men proposing marriage. Remember, the latter are men asking women to share their lives with them, compared to teenage boys asking girls to accompany them to one hours-long evening. There are stories… Read more

Fun Facts About Fathers Day

Father's Day inspiration

By Julie Samrick It’s no coincidence that Fathers’ Day is in June, but could there be a better month for dads to revel in our gratitude?  There are barbecues to be had, baseball games to attend, and other fun, outdoorsy things like fishing and special camping trips.    It was Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane,… Read more

Valentine’s Day at School is Here to Stay

Valentine's Day

By Julie Samrick “Whoa! That’s a lot of Valentines… Are you a teacher?”  A man asked as he stared at my cart incredulously while my kids and I checked out of the Dollar Store last weekend.  Toting 100 paper Valentines plus a piece of candy to attach to each one, I was genuinely happy to… Read more

Why Neil Armstrong’s ‘Giant Leap for Mankind’ Changed History and Inspired Us All

neil armstrong

More than half of the people alive on the planet today (including me) weren’t alive to witness Armstrong’s monumental “step,” but  he’s inspired us, and changed the world as it was.  Read more

Are Leprechauns Supposed to be Scary or Cute?


We woke up to green milk and chairs turned upside down this morning! “Those tricky lep-a-cons,” my 3-year-old proclaimed. Here is an interesting article from Slate that takes a look at the history of the popular creatures who play tricks on many of us on or around this day. How were they presented in Irish… Read more

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! May You Have at Least 100 More


By Julie Samrick The experiences I had as a Girl Scout back in the 1970s and ‘80s still rank in the top 5 memories of my childhood- like the “tippy test” at camp each summer, when we had to flip a canoe over in the middle of a cold lake, fully clothed, and then get… Read more

Kony Video Captures Horrors of Past 25 Years

In a 30-minute video produced by the San Diego-based charity Invisible Children (a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of children as child soldiers) co-founder Jason Russell introduces the public to Ugandan leader Joseph Kony, said to have kidnapped, abused, mutilated and murdered between 30,000 and 60,000 children over the… Read more

Punxsutawney Phil Has Spoken…


“6 more weeks of winter,” my second grader informed me this morning.  As soon as he got up he asked his Dad to find out whether or not Punxsutawney (now there’s a spelling word) Phil saw his shadow.  Despite weather forecasters poo-poohing the annual event, it sure made for some fun in our household this… Read more