Think Large, Think Small

Today the new president of the United States was sworn in, with all the requisite pomp and circumstance. That’s a big story, the close of one chapter of America’s history and the beginning  of another. It’s all over every news outlet. Some of us have even taken the day off from work. That’s more than fair, given […]...

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A Time to Come Together

With MLK Day coming up on Monday, Isabelle’s kindergarten class has a week-long lesson in what makes each student unique. Her class is quite diverse, and each day today she has come home with little drawings of her classmates, annotated with names and descriptions. Yesterday, she announced that her classmate Casey, illustrated wearing a pink […]...

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Back to School

As of this week, it’s back to kindergarten for Isabelle, age 5. She, of course, has no desire for the holidays to end, but she’s quite eager to see all of her friends again. If only there was some way to have both. In September, she was incredibly excited to take her first steps into […]...

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Make the New Year count

And choose your promises wisely By Peter A grown man throwing a temper tantrum is not a pretty thing. Granted, “tantrum” may not accurately describe my conduct yesterday afternoon. “Sulking” is probably a better word. There was a good bit of mumbling under my breath. Definitely a curse or two, out of the range of […]...

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Cocoa by the Technicolor fire

Share holiday classics and new additions with the whole family By Peter As Annabeth is to Halloween, so Peter is to Christmas. Everyone has the one holiday over which they go completely bonkers, and from the time I was old enough to crawl my way through stray tinsel and come out the other side looking […]...

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On the town at Christmastime

See sparkling New Haven this holiday season By Peter One of my fondest childhood memories is going with my parents and brother to see the lights at Christmastime. This being the late 1980s, our Christmas-light tour was not an organized procession through a tourism district, but rather random exploration and stopping to gawk at the […]...

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Go Light on the Presents and Heavy on the Presence

Less is more when it comes to young children By Peter My wife Annabeth is wiser than I am in some matters. Wiser, in fact, in most matters. It was she who told me our wedding didn’t need to be anything other than our parents and a few close friends in a church down the […]...

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Give Thanks for Common Ground

And leave the disagreements at the door  By Peter The Framers of the Constitution were showing more wisdom than they knew when they made Election Day the same month as Thanksgiving. That decision had much more to do with the North American harvest schedule than it had to do with a federal holiday that wouldn’t […]...

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Your 35th Thanksgiving

When tradition suddenly matters  By Peter Making sure everyone can get to Thanksgiving dinner matters. That’s something I didn’t realize until pretty recently. I’ve just never been a stickler for tradition. Maybe it had to do with the fact that my own parents—wonderful people who gave me a great start in life—were the kind to […]...

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Tank the tube and smell the roses

With the election passed, make time again for little pleasures  By Peter The morning of Nov. 9, I woke early to find my wife asleep beside me, book still in hand. Our 2-year-old son was sprawled sideways at our feet like a blond-haired, blue-eyed puppy, mouth open and issuing a high-pitched half-snore. I went downstairs, […]...

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