Trunk or Treating, a safer Halloween

If you’ve never heard of trunk-or-treating you probably grew up in a city or town with sidewalks. Popularized in rural communities, trunk-or-treating centralized doorsteps for kids to trick-or-treat out of the back of cars and station-wagons. These cars, circled up in church or supermarket parking lots, created a smaller community in otherwise wide-spread farm communities where neighbors lived miles apart.…

Adventures in Eating

Sometimes adventure and growing can happen in our kitchens and has nothing to do with potential harm, but in our minds still holds lots of risk. Any parent can tell you the trials of getting their child to eat outside of the macaroni and cheese food group and dare to try anything that is green. Sometimes they end in tears…

Using My Daughter’s Name Outside the Home

My partner’s mother is a worrier. I’m not talking, “Did-I-leave-the-oven-on?” worrier, I’m saying full blown we will all be kidnapped and have our organs harvested worrier.   Yesterday, while my family visited her and Papa, she retold a horrific story of a friend of hers and a scam that is going around the Chicago area. The story is that a mother…