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Yes, Even Pulling Weeds

On April 26th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 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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If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

On April 17th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 1 Comment

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Maybe you have heard this phrase, long ago being spoken by someone older and wiser than you. “If you cannot say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” It is great advice. Remember the last time that you were saying something unkind..

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Tracing Paper

On April 15th, 2011, posted in: Goofy topics by 0 Comment

Do you remember tracing paper? Uncle Aunt Niece Nephew Uncle book auntsanduncles Your nephew doesn’t remember tracing paper, because he’s never seen it. Tracing paper is really fun stuff. If you don’t have any tracing paper lying around, go to the place where you keep your jumbles of wrapping paper.  There’s possibly some tissue..

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Listen, Really Listen

On April 14th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 1 Comment

A big part of listening is shutting up so that your niece has a chance to talk. But it’s hard to do. She mentions something, which triggers a related image in your mind and then you want to talk about what just popped up in your head. It’s normal behavior, but it doesn’t help your..

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Are You Going to Become a Scholar?

On April 13th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 2 Comments

Our next door neighbor way back when was John Z. Soso.  He was a remarkable fellow.  He was an elementary school principal in San Francisco, and was perhaps the first one to have his school painted red, white and blue, back in 1976.  He also served in the U.S. Army infantry in Italy in World..

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Your Own Video Festival

On April 11th, 2011, posted in: Goofy topics by 1 Comment

It’s a holiday, and the cousins are assembled around a couple of computers. They have their own video festival going on. “Okay, okay, look at this one,” says Audrey and she opens up a two-minute YouTube video of a cat dancing around. Her cousin Irish counters with an internet video she knows about a happy..

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McGuckin Factor

On April 4th, 2011, posted in: Serious topics by 0 Comment

In our town we have a great hardware store called McGuckin Hardware.  I like them because they have everything and they have floor staff who know where to find everything, and they have enough floor staff that you can find them. They have something more. The floor staff know not only where in the store..

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Early Experiences Form Lifetimes

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

“I think I must have learned to climb before I could walk; Father Simard, who lived upstairs in a house we were renting, encouraged me to crawl up the stairs where I was rewarded with a spoonful of honey.  When I was about six, my brother, Gerald, took me out fishing and sneaked a ten-inch..

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