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  • Playing Luigi

    Feeling nostalgic one night, my boys brought their Mario Bros. Wii game out of retirement. I was delighted. Back when they were little, I would play tournaments with them and wasn’t half-bad. I was all-bad. All four of us decided to play. My husband, Tim, was a yellow toad. Nelson, age 13, was a blue […]

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  • Train hunting in Traverse City

    A train comes through Traverse City a couple of times a week, at most. For rail fans, that isn’t enough. And my son, Nelson, age 12, is a major fan. For two years now, we’ve tried to get a glimpse of the train. He wanted videos, pictures, the whole package to post to www.railfan.com. Then, […]

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  • Black Friday Shopping Fiasco

    The boys wanted to go Black Friday Shopping. It was music to my ears. I had spent the last decade bribing them to shop with me (soft pretzels, Hot Wheels, you know the gig) but had never really made any headway with them. After growing up shopping with my mother, then losing her, I was […]

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  • Pokemon Goes and Goes!

    I heard Colleen Wares on WTCM Newstalk 580 talking about Pokémon Go on the radio a week or so after it came out. She was looking for answers. I had answers. In the form of my 13-year-old son, named Kendall. I emailed her. I was going on the next day for GTWoman, but did she […]

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  • Tenting with the kids

    It started with pitching a gigantic 10-person tent that I got on clearance at Target. Never mind we had only four boys (my two sons and two nephews) to accommodate. This baby had a tented-in porch and two different rooms. It was a beauty. Plus it came with only five poles and a one-page, single-sided […]