Category: Parenting

Memories of the fire

Each evening when the wind picks up, I get nervous. It’s fire season after all, and on this side of the mountains, conditions always seem ripe for a blaze. A broken-down car, a tossed cigarette, a lightning strike. And then the summer wind carries it. Pretty quickly it threatens homes and causes evacuations, gathering in […]

Back-To-Church Sunday

It’s August, which means parents’ minds are turning again to school supplies and sports schedules. While you’re busy making your family’s plans for the upcoming school year, I wanted to give you a heads up about an event happening next month. On Sunday, Sept. 8, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wenatchee is hosting Back-To-Church Sunday, […]

These are the good old days, even on bad days

My husband watched as I tossed a Real Simple magazine and three paperback mysteries into the canvas tote, which already held a ridiculous floppy hat, a fabulous pair of earrings, a blow-dryer, a bottle of gin, four limes and an industrial-sized bag of tortilla chips. “Someone’s feeling optimistic,” he said. It was Tuesday, and we […]

Raising kids who give back

When our children are very small, it can seem as though there’s no time in our days to look anywhere but inward, towards our families. We keep our eyes and hearts locked on our kids’ immediate needs, our marriages, our jobs and the constant, clumsy juggling act that is life with little ones. So many […]

The end of an era at Fred Meyer

As I was dropping my 3-year-old off at Fred Meyer’s Playland the other day, in anticipation of a quiet shopping trip (and maybe some breathing time at Starbucks), I heard some news that I thought worthy to pass along to my fellow parents: Fred Meyer is closing all its Playlands. That’s according to a Playland […]