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The Treadwell Family Makes its Television Debut

That’s right, our new program is going to be airing Thursday, February 12, and you’re all invited to see us in action. In the series, I play a hard-hitting yet soft-spoken former alpaca breeder-turned-private detective, who goes deep undercover to foil a ring of villainous optometrists bent on world domination. Their dastardly plan is to give people…

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When Kids Punish Themselves

I have from time to time, I kid you not, threatened to punish our oldest son for punishing himself. And here, right at the start, I have to confess something. I don’t know what I’m talking about. Generally when I write something to share with you good readers, I like to come from a position of…

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A Post from My Deceased Father

My dad, who died a few years back, was a United Methodist pastor. That makes me a “PK,” as we’re known in the business – a pastor’s kid. Growing up in a trim white parsonage at the edge of fields and forest, in a family of 7, in the 1970s, was rather Cleaveresque. By which I…

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Spain’s Valle de Benasque: A Pyrenean Paradise

The Benasque Valley, in the Spanish Pyrenees is, in a word, charming. It’s also picturesque. And gorgeous. Oh, and it has soaring peaks and waterfalls, tiny stone hamlets, abundant wildlife, dozens of alpine lakes, a smallish but excellent ski area, outstanding restaurants, stunning hiking trails, and good infrastructure. In a word, charming. The Esera River sluices through the…

KIDS BEING EXPLOITED IN THE SHOPS

The Pink Section: What Our Toy Stores Are Telling Our Children

If you’re a parent, you probably go to your fair share of children’s birthday parties – just last Saturday we had a back-to-back double-header, both for boys. Birthday parties necessitate gifts, and gifts generally necessitate a trip to the local toy store. So on Thursday we stop off after school at a toy superstore in one of these…