VIOLENCE AND THE EVENING MEAL – Rich Paschall

I think the worst culprit are mobile devices — phones etc. They have eliminated communication. Sad, but I have lost the battle and continuing to fight seems pointless.

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Pulling the trigger on violence

“Hey pal, what’s up?”
“Hey! I got trouble with my damn kids.”
“I’m sorry to hear that. What seems to be the problem?”
“Last night they wuz shootin at cops and hoes all night.”
“What?”
“I said…”
“I heard you. That’s terrible.”
“You’re tellin me. I tried to call them little pests to dinner but they would pay me no mind. I spent a lot of cash at KFC, but it’s all good.”
“Good, what do you mean good?”
“I mean I can eat that chicken again today.”
“But the kids…what happened to the kids?”
“Hell if I know. They were at it all night.”
“What?”
“I said…”
“Yeah, yeah, I got it, but you must have terrible trouble with the police.”
“No, I don’t have no trouble. It’s those kids, they got the trouble, but I guess they’ll get the hang of it soon.”

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I WANT TO BE A CURMUDGEON – BY TOM CURLEY

I want to be a curmudgeon. I’m the right age. I’ve paid my dues. I’ve earned the right. Problem is, I’m having a hard time doing it. I want to be able to yell at kids to “GET OFF MY LAWN!” You know, traditional curmudgeon stuff. Unfortunately for me, I can’t do that. I live … Continue reading I WANT TO BE A CURMUDGEON – BY TOM CURLEY

10 SUREFIRE WAYS TO HORRIFY YOUR TEEN

I laugh each time I read this. If you’ve never had a teenager in your life, maybe you won’t get it. But if you’ve raised kids and maybe grandkids … or even lived with them … I can guarantee at least one good giggle.

Stuff my dog taught me

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  1. Dress too old
  2. Dress too young
  3. Dress in anything that resembles what they are currently wearing

Solution: jeans, black t-shirts and mid-length, unadorned cardigans in earth tones. Jeans should be a simple cut but brand name (DO NOT buy jeans in a grocery store… nothing to do with your teen…just don’t)

  1. Sing
  2. Dance

It doesn’t matter if you had a top 40 hit when you were in your 20s or danced professionally. Trust me… I am confident that Paul McCartney’s children/grandchildren roll their eyes from the back of the limo when he tries to hum along with the radio. 

  1. Tell “When I was your age…” stories

You were NEVER their age. Period. This is core teen belief #1. To accept any other reality is to acknowledge that they might someday drive a minivan, have conversations about taxes, and get excited about watching DVRed episodes of Coronation Street on a…

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AT THE EDGE OF THE FRAME, IN THE CORNER OF YOUR EYE

EDGE OF THE FRAME - We often capture strangers in photos we take in public. Open your photo library, and stop at the first picture that features a person you don’t know. Now tell the story of that person. They came creeping around from the back of the dam. Teenagers. Sneaky teens. With a couple of … Continue reading AT THE EDGE OF THE FRAME, IN THE CORNER OF YOUR EYE

Interview with SOLSTICE HIGH author Ardash Vartparonian

Ardash Vartparonian The author of Solstice High discusses this and future books! Publisher: Strategic Book Group Urban Fantasy/Sci Fi/Young Adult 360 Pages An interview with Ardash Vartparonian, author of SOLSTICE HIGH Serendipity:  I felt like I was reading the first part of x-men. Do I feel a series in the works? Ardash Vartparonian: I’m actually really … Continue reading Interview with SOLSTICE HIGH author Ardash Vartparonian

Growing up super strange – SOLSTICE HIGH

Solstice High by Ardash Vartparonian Publisher: Strategic Book Group Urban Fantasy/Sci Fi/Young Adult 360 Pages Reading Solstice High was an interesting experience for me. As a grandmother, my high school years are long past ... but I have a not quite 17-year-old granddaughter going through the angst, misery, insecurity and social anxieties which seem an … Continue reading Growing up super strange – SOLSTICE HIGH