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Letters to My Children, a Forgotten Manuscript - Take 4 by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting There's not too many more of these. Thanks for your patience with my ranting.  Dear Daughter, One piece of advice – listen to the old people. When in doubt, ask ... Read on »
Letters to My Children, a Forgotten Manuscript - Take 3 by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Part 1, and the explanation, is  here . Part 2 is here. Dear Daughter, Don’t wear those pants to school. Or that skirt, for that matter. Oh, I know. You ha ... Read on »
Letters to My Children, a Forgotten Manuscript - Take 2 by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Part 1, and the explanation, is here .  Dear Children, Learn to cook a few things well. I don’t mean ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese in a box, but real, H ... Read on »
Weekend of Fun by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting So, um, yeah, it's Wednesday, and the weekend is not only in the distance, but we are coming up on another one. I have terrible time management skills I think. Here is ... Read on »
The Norfolk Lock Bridge by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting It all started with the duck. The local art museum had the traveling duck, a 40-foot sculpture titled "Rubber Duck" by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, on watch over ... Read on »
Letters to My Children, a Forgotten Manuscript by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Like many people who write, I have several half written, long abandoned, manuscripts. I'm never going to do anything with most of them - although hope springs eternal a ... Read on »
Well, Let's See by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting What have I been up to lately that has kept me so far from the home I love away from this here blog? I may or may not have been mainlining show tunes for the past 7 ... Read on »
Note to Myself by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I'm trying to raise adults who are a pleasure to be around. It's my job and I *hate* to fail at a job. Yes, I want the kids to have fun and to enjoy life - But ab ... Read on »
Desperate Times, Desperate Measures by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I have to apologize. I've been absent from here. A lot. Some of it is my job - I work online much of the day, and I've been really busy, so there really isn ... Read on »
The Garden and The Memories by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Last May, I took my father in law to the garden center to purchase his plants.  He had always been an ardent gardener. He grew tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and herb ... Read on »
How to Fly with Food Allergies by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The name of this post is actually a misnomer. I don't really know anything about flying with food allergies. In fact, yesterday, I realized that I really don't know ... Read on »
Miami, in Photos by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I left for Miami on Thursday to attend - and work - the BlogHer Food conference. I had, shall we say, a somewhat difficult trip to Miami, and I ended up with no luggage ... Read on »
Monday Funday by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Today, well, it started off well. But then I fell asleep - accidentally, I wasn't planning on it, just sat to watch the news and have coffee and woke up an hour lat ... Read on »
Genius or Cruel and Unusual Punishment? by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting This is the shower curtain I've hung on the inside of both showers my kids use. It's a vocabulary list of SAT words. I figure, might as well u ... Read on »
One Word Decription by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I saw this meme on Facebook – describe me in one word. I'm not sure if I could do that about myself. After all, there are many words I could use – c ... Read on »
Sometimes, I am so Ridiculous I Even Impress Myself by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting This story is so stupid, so dumb, and so trivial that at the end, you will be shaking your head and saying to yourself, "That Carmen, she's really t ... Read on »
Feeling Overwhelmed by Clutter by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I do a lot. I maintain the house, takes sole care of the kids while my husband works insane hours, prepare 98% of the food we eat, work a full-time ... Read on »
Back to the Beach by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting About a week ago, I woke to discover that a friend had died overnight. She had been involved in a car accident. She was the driver. The accident occ ... Read on »
I've Never, And Won't... by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Sometimes, I tool around on Facebook and see links that other people have posted - and I go read their posts. Some of them are not so good, and some ... Read on »
Memories Intertwined with Holidays by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Please do not feel sad for me with this post - I'm just processing some things, and it's most helpful for me to write them out. I promise - I'm in a ... Read on »