That iconic sound in the distance – the tune of the ice cream truck.  How exciting that sound was as a kid.  It meant we just may get one of those delicious ice cream treats.  You know the ones that for some reason taste so much better when they come from a truck than from […]

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Keep an eye on your cinnamon

Collapsed lung. Inability to breath. Infection. Ventilator. Death. Cinnamon.  Yes, all from eating cinnamon. The “Cinnamon Challenge“.   If you have not yet heard, this is a popular game where the challenge is to swallow a spoon full of cinnamon without water in 60 seconds. Sure, cinnamon may sound safe.  But- not without water or […]

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At what age are kids too old to trick-or-treat?

Halloween…you know how it goes…you get the cute little trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell all decked out as witches or pumpkins, parents standing not far behind reminding them to say ‘thank you’. A couple of hours go by.   Some down time.  Then the bell starts again.  This time they look a little different.  Much bigger […]

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HPV vaccine – confused by choice?

Sometimes I think having a choice makes things that much more difficult. I have written before about my hesitation and confusion about the HPV vaccine.  Here we are a year later.  I have no more knowledge – but the rumors continue to spread. Some feel the vaccine should be mandatory.  Some think that thought is […]

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Alcohol, drugs? Not my kid.

“My son is an honor student.” “My daughter hangs with the right crowd.” “My son is on the football team.” “My daughter is in the Advanced Biology class.” “He would never do drugs, he is too smart for that.” “She is not the type to drink alcohol”. A recent poll conducted by the University of […]

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Keeping up with it all – do you?

The papers have started piling up.  You know, those back to school papers of which class does what, the expectations for each class, forms to be filled out, newsletters, you name it.  The pile has begun.  Last year’s pile still remains (however tucked away in some drawer or closet).  Come to think of it the […]

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Do these commercials go too far?

Each day around 1 o’clock as I sit here at my desk I hear a terrifying noise coming from the TV in a nearby room.  It is the sound of a baby coughing – a very young baby.  If you have ever seen the commercial for the pertussis vaccine, you know what I am talking […]

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Do 8th graders and Hooters mix?

My kids tend to fill me in on the topics that outrage them at school each day.  It is usually about how a teacher handled a situation or a kid who was irate in class. Yesterday’s news was that a teacher told a kid (these are 8th graders) to leave her classroom and not come […]

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Give your kid WiFi – he is safer

Remember that feeling when you were a kid of winter finally being over? Time to play outside…and not come in until dinnertime only to go back out once again until you were dragged in by your mom.  I remember playing games like Spud and Capture the Flag with the neighbors ALL day.  I remember running […]

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When did school sports become out-of-school sports?

It is that time of year again.  Spring sports.  Last night I was at the lacrosse field.  Today I spent the morning at the soccer field and then back to the lacrosse field only to wake up tomorrow morning and do it all over again.  I think I spend more time at those fields than […]

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