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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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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.


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. …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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, …