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The Future May be Bright, But Today is All that Matters

“It goes so fast.” “This is the best age.” If you have small kids, you’ve heard this advice from other parents – oftentimes complete strangers – who have adult children. It’s typically unsolicited, and doled out in a public place in the midst of a tantrum. “Enjoy them now – it doesn’t get any easier.” You nod and smile politely, thanking the elder for such sage advice as you drag your little one by the arm from the restaurant or store while whispering threats through clenched teeth about taking away treats or TV. You sense, but ignore, the disapproving glances of onlookers as the tantrum intensifies. A smile on your face, fire in your belly. You’re soaked with perspiration after battling your child into her car seat. It’s like a scene out of one of those Discovery Channel fishing shows where a burly crewman struggles to haul a giant bluefin tuna into the boat. Click! Sigh. She’s asleep in the...

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The Tricky Balance of Learning & Doing

A friend and I attended a National Writers Series event this week at the Traverse City Opera House. New York Times bestselling author James Rollins was here to talk about his latest book, Bone Labyrinth. It was an interesting and informative night (as NWS events always are – more about that in an upcoming post), and Rollins talked about how, with no formal writing training or education, he decided he wanted to become a writer after 15 years working as a veterinarian. How he had to persevere through 49 rejection letters before his first novel was picked up by a publisher....

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Embrace the Winter Blues…
Traverse City Style

We got hit with around 18 more inches of snow in Traverse City last week, and winter storms battered the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the country over the weekend. After a slow start to the snowy season, winter is on everyone’s mind. When we decided to move to Northern Michigan we knew that winter was going to become a more prominent and more present part of our lives. When we announced our move in the summer, second only to “What the hell?” was the question “What about all the snow?” I have to admit, while I was excited about the...

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Sky’s the Limit

The boxcutter blade tore through the packing tape, revealing the eclectic mix of candlesticks, picture frames and hardcover books inside the ragged cardboard. The box had broken down from the long journey, the bumps in the road sagging its corners. But the contents arrived intact, as had we. Exhausted from weeks of packing and planning, we had reached our destination, our new home.

We are the Harrington family. Welcome to Life and Whim....

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An Uncommonly Good Day: Adventurous Fun at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

With three high energy little ones, it’s almost never an option to spend a leisurely day lounging around the house. That is, unless your idea of leisure is dealing with constant fighting, screaming and whining while picking up toys, clothes and household goods strewn about the house. So we try to get out – preferably outside – as much as possible with the kids. In fact, most of the decisions we make on the weekends are run through the following filter: Will this activity make our children tired and more likely to go to bed early? If so, we do it. If...

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