Category Archives: Children and Family

A Spot of Childhood Still Exists

In December 1992, I was given a very special task: I got to help Mom wrap a Christmas present for my older sister, Jenny. In July of that year, Disney released the VHS cassette of “101 Dalmatians.” Unbeknownst to me … Continue reading

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The woe behind one pink line

As a writer, I love words. I love letters and combining them to build meaning. But there are four letters I don’t like when arranged in a certain order. PCOS. The acronym doesn’t roll off the tongue. It’s an unpronounceable … Continue reading

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Home is where the literary link is

A few weeks ago, I had a visit from Susan. Susan grew up in the house my husband and I bought in April. She was visiting Illinois (she now lives in California) and asked if she could drop in to … Continue reading

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The importance of boredom

When I was a kid, it was usually around this time of year — at the height of summer vacation — that I started to get bored. The novelty of being out of school would wear off as June melted … Continue reading

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Disney and Pixar, please stop killing parents

Last night, the hubby and I watched Disney and Pixar’s latest collaboration, “The Good Dinosaur.” When I first saw previews for the film, I wasn’t overly eager to see it. But last night was a humdrum evening and we decided … Continue reading

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That time I gave funerals to caterpillars

I was eight years old the year our home got covered in caterpillars. Well, not our home, really. But our property. They were everywhere in the flower gardens, the grass, the driveway. Tall, stalky holly hocks stood sentinel around the … Continue reading

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Where has all the magic gone for Halloween?

The spirit of Halloween is alive and well in the Stroebel family. I’m not the one carrying the torch, though. This year, that honor belongs to Sarah and Katy. They’re determined to light a fire under the whole family. Now that … Continue reading

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