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Green Is The New Black

by Jenn Archuleta “It’s green.” “Green?” “Green. But it looks really good!” “It’s green.” “Yeah, but don’t worry, I can fix it.”

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Disgusting and Technical Terms

On June 15th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 3 Comments

Your sibilings’s kids at a certain age are fascinated by gross things. They all at once express disgust and intense interest at gooey, smelly, sticky, nasty liquids, semi-liquids and semi-solids. What do you do to capture their highly refined sense of disgust?

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Latest Post: Voices of Angels

On May 18th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 36 Comments

The psychiatrist asked the patient, “Do you hear voices in your head?” “Yes, I do,” replied the patient. The psychiatrist thought to himself, with his own voice in his head, “Aha, he hears voices!”

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A Toddler’s Lesson in Determination

On May 13th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 3,287 Comments

Last week I raced an Ironman triathlon in St George, Utah.  The swim portion was 2.4 miles, the bike leg stretched 112 miles and the run part was a full marathon, 26.2 miles.  The course is really hilly and the temperature was over 90 degrees with hard wind gusts.  I finished in 12 hours 58..

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Summertime Is Reading Time

On May 6th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 25 Comments

Every year at this time I think about compiling a summer reading list. I was trained to do this and now it’s a habit. My older brother, Ed, just before summer vacation began, would walk me up the hill to the public library. There he would help me choose a handful of books to read..

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Creating Future Experience

On May 2nd, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

We know from experience that nobody ever learns anything from experience. How can you turn this truism upside down for your nieces and nephews? Babies come into the world lacking much real-world experience. They just haven’t had a lot of time to accumulate much seasoning. They have to learn things for themselves, and sometimes those..

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Volunteering and Food

On April 27th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

Volunteering is a big part of the culture of this nation.  Barn raisings, when the neighbors would get together to build a barn that takes a crowd to build—that’s volunteering.  Bringing meals to the family down the street when a member of that family has taken ill—that’s volunteering.  Beach cleanups and tree planting days—volunteerism again...

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Yes, Even Pulling Weeds

On April 26th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 1 Comment

This week I saw a master uncle in action pulling weeds with his niece, and having fun with it. First, Peter’s not the real uncle, but a neighbor, so the other weed-puller fun-haver, Nina, isn’t his niece.  No matter. Peter was over at the house with a bunch of other people who came to help..

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Go Fast and Have Fun

On April 24th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

Professional triathlete Jasmine Oeinck is the real deal.  She has earned amazing credentials.  She was two years in a row the top U.S. triathlete in the under 23-years-old class, and in 2009 came in first place in the U.S. National Triathlon competition. Jasmine also co-founded Bulumu Granola, a company based on the values of sustainability..

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Aunt v. Coach: Four Roles in Common

On April 20th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

Compare and contrast: aunt versus coach. Oh, let’s just compare. Both aunts and coaches need to do four things.  This comes from a book by Robert Dilts called From Coach to Awakener.  It’s a great book. First and foremost, both aunt and coach have to make sure that the kids in their care remain safe..

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