Recreation & Lifestyle

The Writer’s Block: Are You A VIP?

Remember those back to school commercials from a few years ago that featured ecstatic parents gliding along on a shopping cart in a school supply store? Their darling children stood frozen and expressionless as a voiceover could be heard singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

It’s Me, Maggie: Mommy Gets Schooled

It was a weird kind of quiet. The kids were back at school after a long summer, and we both had the morning off. After the last bus pulled away we were faced with an almost otherworldly quiet; even the pets seemed to know it was an unusual morning and called a truce to their usual sleep-fueled quest for world domination.