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'Upside Down' Car Deals

To this day, I'm amazed at how my...
Lindell Is "That Kid" Yelling On The Sidelines

Yelling On The Sidelines

The beginning of Spring sports means new reminders for adult spectators to be gentle with young athletes. Signs posted at Little League fields outline parent "do's" and......
A Money Intervention

A Money Intervention

I vividly recall the 1978 television documentary "Scared Straight," about inmates serving anywhere from 25 years to life trying to scare juvenile delinquents......
Why Newspapers Won't Die

Why Newspapers Won't Die

When I teach journalism, I begin by asking the students three questions: 1) How many of you want ...

If you have multiple children, you know the worst situation a parent can have: there are several options, but only one that is good, and everyone wants it. It doesn’t even matter if that option really isn’t good by adult standards.

Now that my oldest son, Ford, is almost 14, he spends a lot of time thinking about what it means to be an adult. I don’t remember thinking the same way when I was 14, but I’m sure my husband, Dustin, did. This is likely a lesson in birth order, society’s expectations of boys versus girls, or just a matter of me being nothing like Ford and Dustin.

We were in the market for a new car, and it had been awhile. In fact, now that our youngest child is 7, this would be the first new car in 14 years we’d buy without thought of carseats.

I have you in mind quite a bit. I am keenly aware that my three boys will live with me for a mere 18 years and with you for a lifetime. My successes and missteps impact your future. I know this because I live with a man who says his mom told him he could do anything—even sing [shudder].

When I wrote about depression three months ago, I was still, for the most part, in the throes of it. Happily, with time and distance comes more perspective—some good, some not-so-good.

People who regularly read this column often say they feel like they know me and my children, Ford, Owen and Lindell. They even feel like they know our dog, Sparky, But I’ve never had anyone say they feel like they know my husband, Dustin.

The story of Dot and Milt is a story about things that last, tangible reminders of love that remain even after someone is gone.