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In Defense of “Traditional” Values

I was recently given a link to a blog called Butler, Party of 2, on which a woman documents her journey as a new bride and her life with her husband. One post she made last summer was entitled, “Being a Godly Wife,” and itemized ways she thought she could be the best possible wife...

“Man, that is so totally orchid…”

As I mentioned, over the weekend my family trekked down to the Cleveland Botanical Garden to have a look around before going to see The Lorax (which, actually, was pretty cute and not as terrible as everyone claimed). The Garden was featuring an exhibition entitled “Orchid Mania,” a lovely showcase of many types of orchid with...

Memories, Not Stuff

Over the years, my family has become more enthusiastic about giving experiences rather than “things” as gifts. Memories are the things that last, not the clothes or the shoes or even the iPods. This past year for Christmas, we gave my mother’s brother and his family a historical, educational day drip to the William McKinley...

Nostalgia

I have two younger sisters, one who recently finished college and is living in Dallas and the other who is headed off to college next year. The childhood toys that we treasured most are now long since packed up and put away for our own kids but over our holiday vacation, we pulled out our...

FD&C Yellow 5

Like many families, we have a tradition to cook the birthday child’s—or grown-up’s, as the case may be—favorite meal and dessert of choice for his or her birthday. My mother’s favorite dish is chicken and biscuits, made by her mother who, in turn, learned the method from her mother-in-law, a farmer’s wife from Iowa. Now,...

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