New Use for a Mannequin
Being cheap takes creativity.
By Silvana Clark
I’m a minimalist and I’m cheap. My entire jewelry collection consists of my original wedding ring and a Timex watch. I’d live in a one room cabin with indoor plumbing if my family would move in with me. Eating in a restaurant? I order the cheapest item and drink water. Going to the mall for new clothes is akin to the proverbial root canal experience. (Without Novocain!) Garage sales used to be my favorite recreational activity until I found something even better…and even cheaper. Ever heard of a “$1.00 a bag” sale? Often churches or community groups have large garage sales with contributions from many families. Rather than worry about left-over items, many groups now offer “$1.00 a Bag”... read more
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It's another day on the forefront of battle for my child's soul.
By Janna Vought
Kamryn’s raging. It’s another day on the forefront of battle—a quest for my child’s soul. Hatred spews forth from her mouth, an eruption of unbridled anger. Her screams are deafening, so disturbing that our dogs flee for cover at the slightest elevation of her voice. Her anger is inconsolable and unrelenting, an endless cycle of torment and tears—pain’s treasures.I stand quietly in the kitchen, a silent observer to her tirade, a string of commands flowing through my head: make sure she doesn’t hurt herself, is there anything near that she can break, stay calm and don’t respond. I am a veteran of this war, having logged time against her weaponry for years. I know her cycles, I play... read more
Environmentalist mom trades principles for convenience
The fall from green grace isn't that far down.
By Suzanne Lafetra
There is practically nothing as hard as caring for a newborn baby, and to have to do it when you... read more
A Socially Irresponsible Stroll Through My Neighborhood
Sometimes convenience trumps political correctness.
By Robin Dutton-Cookston
By the time you finish reading this essay, you will think I am a depraved, cold-hearted, unfeeling... read more
Steal This Child
Is the news media exploiting parentsí fear of child abduction?
By Prescott Carlson
You’ve heard the names. Samantha Runnion. Elizabeth Smart. Baby Jessica. Erica Pratt. Tamara Brooks.... read more
Dear Executive Recruiter at the Hospital Where I Applied for a Position
By Jennifer Magnuson
Dear Executive Recruiter at the Hospital Where I Applied for a Position: I know you mean well. Really, I do. I know that you probably have a protocol tucked away in some drawer that dictates how you proceed with the interview process. I also know that, based on those cute plastic frames on your desk and on top of the filing cabinet by the fern, that you have two kids. It made me very happy, those pictures. Hey, I have three. We are both educated women trying to have it all, arenít we, sister? Career (in my case, part-time, please), children, home and hearth. Together we can blaze trails with the flame given to us by Gloria and Naomi and N.O.W. and work toward genuine equality and intelligent Ö.. ďIt looks like you have a rather... read more
The New OSHA Guidelines
RE: Strategic Partnership For Worker Safety And Health Guidelines For Drivers of Family Vehicles
By Joan Conde
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATION... read more
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The IP Bookshelf
Drive by Nathan Clement
Drive Written and illustrated by Nathan Clement Front Street Press, $16.95 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1590785171 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews A young boy's perspective on his dad's trucking career is the focus of Drive, the new picture book from writer and graphic artist Nathan Clement. A sun-up to sun-down view of a day in the life of a truck driver... read more
How to Get Laid
Dads, there is nothing sexier than doing the dishes... except vacuuming
By Stacey Greenberg
There was a time when I fantasized about my husband coming home, grabbing me lustfully, throwing me on... read more
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