Stories tagged: jill barville
Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 10:58 a.m.
That’s Life: Paris vacation designed for two
We hadn’t planned on going away for our anniversary, even though it’s a major milestone. Before my next column runs, Curtis and I will hit the quarter century mark of …
Thu., Nov. 24, 2016, noon
Let students shine, not the light from your phone
The holidays are well-seasoned with concerts, recitals and plays. As a parent of a musician, it’s the Christmas tradition I enjoy the most. But as I anticipate another season filled …
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 4 p.m.
That’s Life: Dressing in the dark one of fall’s downsides
Fall is my favorite season. Like Baby Bear’s porridge, it’s not too hot and not too cold. You can enjoy the vibrant colors wearing light layers without shivering or sweating. …
Thu., Aug. 11, 2016, 4 p.m.
That’s Life: Sadness more bearable when you dress it up
The first time Ian asked for a suit, he was about 7 and I was so shocked he wanted to wear anything besides sneakers and shorts, I bought pinstriped pants …
Thu., July 21, 2016, 2:11 p.m.
That’s Life: Inner skeptic sometimes turns a blind eye
Before this month I’d have asserted that I’m not gullible, susceptible to spoofing or easily manipulated. I understand and speak sarcasm fluently and have prided myself on seeing through attempts …
Thu., July 7, 2016, noon
As my family can attest, certain sounds send me over the edge. They spark a revulsion so deep it must be genetic. At least two of my children share my …
Thu., May 26, 2016, noon
That’s Life: Senior spring carries a bittersweet air
The kids may be ready to move on, but for families that have bonded during the high school years, the last spring of school can be a wistful time.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 10 a.m.
That’s Life: The feel of spray on your face is worth it
It’s making memories like these that I cherish the most. They make me feel alive.
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
That’s Life: Theatrical scares, on and off the big screen
After watching an intriguing and action-packed trailer, Curtis had been anticipating watching “The Revenant,” a drama/thriller based on a true story. He talked about going to that movie almost as …
Thu., Dec. 31, 2015, 10 a.m.
That’s Life: Searching for the like-minded makes for a narrow view
When I read about current events and peruse sentiments expressed on social media, it’s clear that this year our kids, our community and our country needs us to look beyond …
Thu., Dec. 17, 2015, noon
Christmas gift anxiety can bring folks together
It’s the gift giving season. The wonderful, awful, anxiety-invoking season of feeling inadequate at appropriately expressing love or camaraderie through a tradition we cannot culturally escape whether we’re at work, …
Thu., Nov. 5, 2015
That’s Life: Sometimes ego boost costs too much
The letter was complimentary. At first read, I couldn’t help but feel my parental pride swell a little. It praised my son on his athletic achievements. Then it offered a …
Thu., Oct. 15, 2015, 12:42 p.m.
That’s Life: Halloween fun isn’t dependent on extravagant costumes
Walking down the dark street I could barely see the beam from my mom’s flashlight but I wasn’t afraid. Just excited. I felt superhero strong.
Fri., Sept. 18, 2015
Our culture’s view on bodies needs revising
As I read the six inspiring local weight loss stories in Tuesday’s paper, I noticed a commonality that gives me hope for the way our culture considers the human body. …
Fri., Sept. 4, 2015
Letting kids grow means respecting their privacy, wishes
My favorite back-to-school picture was when my kids were starting eighth, sixth and third grades. Decked in new clothes, they stood on the front step and gave the obligatory smile …
Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
Keeping girls safe depends on how we raise our boys
Last week when I read the article in Sunday’s paper about Idaho campuses targeting sexual assault, I held my breath for a moment, the way I always do when I …
Fri., Aug. 7, 2015
Waiting their turn is another good lesson
When my son Ian was small, whenever he talked to me he craved my undivided attention, with unbroken eye contact, preferably accompanied by head nods and verbal acknowledgement. If I …
Fri., July 17, 2015
Parents must let go to teach children to be independent
‘You’re letting your kid do that?” The question hangs in the air. Accompanied by raised eyebrows and wide eyes, the surprise is clear. I’m letting my kid do something unexpected, …
Fri., June 19, 2015
Kids make life noisy, sticky, beautiful
Feeling a hand in the back of my hair, I turned my head. A toddler leaned over the back of the booth, his eyes wide, one fist clutched around a …
Fri., May 22, 2015
Breaking stereotypes, and a sweat
In January, I wrote about my resolution to try something new this year, an effort to bust some boredom based on reader input. That led to a snowshoeing adventure and …
Fri., May 8, 2015
Here’s to mornings and relationships grounded in coffee
While cleaning the kitchen counter this morning, one thing was clear. Coffee is king. At least, it accounts for most of our kitchen clutter. We don’t have a fancy food …
Fri., April 24, 2015
Jill Barville: Time spent testing better spent learning
Normally, I’m a compliant complainer. I’ll follow the rules, however asinine, while rolling my eyes and making sarcastic jokes in the back of the room. This month is different. I’m …
Fri., April 10, 2015
Jill Barville: Bunny takes break, but memories fill chocolate void
For the first time in almost two decades I’m not spending this week in futile resistance to the call of candy. The Easter bunny didn’t come to our house this …
Fri., March 27, 2015
Technology makes us face our true selves
When the new computer arrived, I waited a couple of days to open the box. Though I’ve worked in high tech for years, I knew setting it up and getting …
Fri., March 6, 2015
With 3 kids, spring break is hard work
After putting it off too long, I recently sat down with a stack of academic calendars and activity schedules so I could plan our family’s spring and see where I …
Fri., Feb. 20, 2015
Banned books stir up trouble, enrich our lives
With few exceptions, the book is better than the movie. As an avid reader, this doesn’t keep me from watching most movies made from the foundations of books I’ve read. …
Fri., Feb. 6, 2015
Resolution a path to adventure
In January, I asked readers to help me with one of my resolutions, trying something new. While it doesn’t make my annual list, it’s a recurring resolution in an attempt …
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Pleasant restrooms a restaurant must
Wanted: A local restaurant serving good food at reasonable prices with an ambiance that’s conducive to conversation. Long, involved conversation that can be clearly heard in between bouts of laughter. …
Fri., Dec. 5, 2014
Social media can make friendship a tricky business
While children make Christmas wish lists of the presents Santa might bring, I have a lengthening list of things I don’t plan to buy this year. It includes candles, mascara …
Fri., Nov. 7, 2014
Good sportsmanship starts on the sidelines
‘Come on, ref.” The parent on the sideline threw his hands up in frustration. “That wasn’t a foul!” A few minutes later the complaint flipped, like a coin. “Come on, …