Teachers Help Us Shape Our Lives

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It’s come up a few times in recent days. On Facebook, a high school classmate posted about heading back to work as a teacher after maternity leave. In her post, she asked her friends to share good memories of teachers that stood out for them as inspiration. The post was flooded with responses honoring many…

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Quick Barbecue Cheddar Sausage Sandwiches with Balsamic Onions

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During the last school year, we fell into a terrible habit. Whenever a weeknight was busy, I would pretty much toss my hands in the air and yell “takeout!” Ok, maybe it was more figurative than actual hand flinging and yelling, but ultimately, the result was the same. We spend way too much money ordering…

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Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

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Warm breezes, the sound of waves crashing on the shore, laughter … these are the things our happy summer celebrations are made of. And they are fueled by summer dinners where the chicken is grilled, the corn is freshly peeled and steamed and the salads are chilled. We had a bit of a celebration recently…

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Do You Talk Around the Dinner Table?

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Let’s talk dinnertime conversations: Do you talk around the dinner table? Share your day? Ask your kids about theirs? In a Family Meals Survey that I conducted in 2010, 76.6 percent of respondents said that personal news was their favorite dinnertime conversation. Another 73.4 percent said family news and 72.3 percent said what’s happening at…

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