Bravo’s “Extreme Guide to Parenting”

How would you describe your parenting style? Some parents will answer that question by stating that their parenting style is traditional, or conservative, or “old-school”. Others might explain their parenting style as “eclectic”. They take some ideas from how their parents raised them, and add in some new concepts that have become popular in the years since they were children. No matter what your parenting style happens to be, it is unlikely that it matches up with the parents on Bravo’s new TV show “Extreme Guide to Parenting”. Season one featured 10 different families whose parenting styles have been described … Continue reading

Insurance Blog Week in Review – July 8 – 14, 2012

Every week, the Insurance Blog Week in Review brings you a quick and easy way to “ketchup” on the blogs that have been posted here in the past seven days. There could be anywhere between twelve and fourteen blogs that appear. Which ones did you miss? Jan Brewer Wants to Take Away Health Insurance Benefits Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wants the Supreme Court to allow her to terminate health insurance coverage for the same-sex partners of state workers. An appeals court would not allow her to do that. The Insurance Podcast Roundup went up on July 9, 2012. This time, … Continue reading

“Mini Darth Vader” had Heart Surgery

Remember the Volkswagen commercial that featured a Mini Darth Vader? The seven year old actor who played that role is named Max Page. He recently had heart surgery to treat a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. Max Page has a life that is somewhat different from the typical seven year old boy. He has appeared in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” playing the role of Reed Hellstrom. The character of Reed Hellstrom is the son of characters Victoria Newman and JT Hellstrom. He was in the show “Prime Suspect”, playing the role of Owen Webb in … Continue reading

Seasonal Affective Disorder

When I first got divorced I was sad. Not really depressed but probably more than just run of the mill sad. In the winter it was particularly bad, I went to work when it was dark and came home when it was dark. There were entire days I never saw the sun. When I wasn’t at work, I just wanted to sleep. I would come home from work, throw something together for dinner and then nap on the couch until Hailey woke me up for bed. After a few weeks I realized there was a problem, my house was a … Continue reading

Christmas Tree Shopping

It’s December. The last month of 2010 started this morning. Christmas is just around the corner. Next Tuesday is Glee’s Christmas episode, although the Christmas album was released weeks ago. ABC Family has been airing holiday movies for months and three children’s Christmas specials aired last night. Christmas lights have been glowing on houses all around and I know a number of people who have finished putting up all the Christmas decorations. The last year I fully decorated for Christmas was 2007 when we had Pumpkin and Gemini. I don’t remember why I didn’t deck our halls in 2008. In … Continue reading

Scary Places: USS North Carolina

One of my favorite times of year is quickly approaching – Halloween! A couple of years ago, I did a series on haunted places in America in honor of the holiday and decided to do a few more this year. A few years back, my family and a friend of ours visited the USS North Carolina in its permanent location in Wilmington. The USS North Carolina was launched on June 13, 1940 during World War II. It was the first of the modern battleships and thus nicknamed “Showboat.” By 1942, she was in the Pacific helping protect aircraft carriers during … Continue reading

Bob Newhart Celebrates 50 Years in Showbiz

Talk about longevity! Bob Newhart is celebrating his 50th year in show business. For this accomplishment, he was honored by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences on June 1 at the Leonard H. Golderson Theatre in North Hollywood. Fifty years – wow. What did Newhart have to say about his career? “I’m surprised it lasted this long, you know? I may have a future in this business. I don’t know,” said Newhart, in what I pictured is his typical deadpan but hilarious delivery. I have always loved Bob Newhart. I grew up with him in the ‘70s as Dr. … Continue reading

Reassuring Kids in Times of Disaster

Even if you don’t let your kids watch the news, they likely know about the earthquake in Haiti through all the fund-raising projects going on (for more information about children’s fundraising projects, click here) and from hearing people talk about it. Maybe your child was afraid that they would be in an earthquake. Maybe you could get out of it by saying you don’t live in an earthquake zone. I couldn’t say that, so I’d have to go into detail about houses being built better, our earthquake kit having all the necessities in it, and having police and fire personnel … Continue reading

Fun Trip for Soda Fans

Who says Waco, Texas, has lost its fizzle? Certainly not the folks who run one of the area’s biggest tourist attractions. Curators at Waco’s Dr. Pepper Museum are preparing for an influx of visitors this holiday season, and guests won’t be disappointed. The museum’s Fifth Street location is sprucing up for the holidays by getting its prized collectibles in tip-top shape. The crowd-favorite, “Be a Pepper” bicycle is buffed to perfection, as are the walls lined with glass soda bottles. Recently, the museum lent some of its vintage 1960s Dr Pepper bottles to set designers to use in an episode … Continue reading

Sesame Street Lends a Hand to Cash-Strapped Parents

My preschooler loves watching Sesame Street, but honestly, the summer reruns are killing me. Seriously, if I have to hear Telly Monster lament about his missing triangle one more time I may reconsider Dish Network’s recent offer to hook me up with cheap satellite TV. Fortunately, I may not have to dig deep to preserve my sanity. Yesterday, the folks who produce Sesame Street announced that new episodes of the Emmy Award-winning children’s show will begin airing next month. What’s more, the new season includes a special show dedicated to the economy. If you haven’t already discussed the current financial … Continue reading