One bad day: Preparing to process chickens for the first time

The Big Rooster

I’ve tried three times in my life to be a vegetarian. The longest I ever made it without eating meat was about 9 months. One day, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I went to a local burger joint and scarfed a giant cheeseburger. It was so good, and though I felt quite guilty, I […]

There’s always a reason: Understanding versus punishing our kids in school

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When my son was 4 years old and in preschool, he was sent to the principal’s office a few times. Part of me was confused that a toddler could even be sent to the principal’s office, but another part of me was really, really worried. As an educator, I knew that, sometimes, children can be […]

Fine. I’ll stop kissing chickens.

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Just this week, a new report was released from the CDC stating that salmonella cases from chicken kissing and snuggling, as well as from chickens living in our homes, is on the rise. It’s a reality that people love chickens, and I know why. I love our girls. They’re funny, ornery, sweet, full of personality, […]

Governor LePage: A missed opportunity to set a good example

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I wish I could talk to my little boy about Paul LePage. There is so much potential for a great story and important lessons about hard work and the kindness of others, but I can’t. As a mom, I’m frequently ashamed of our governor, and I can’t tell his story to my son because doing […]

Surviving freshman year: 5 tips to help prepare your child for the first year of college

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It’s about that time—back to school time—and if you’re a parent of a child who is either going off to college or staying home for college, you may be wondering what you can do to help with your child’s success. After all, the first year is the most difficult. It’s when students are most likely […]