It was a dark and stormy night. Well, it was dark in any case, as nights often are. My parents had just sat down to dinner when the doorbell rang. My dad got up to see who it could be and, upon opening the door, came face-to-face with a bedraggled father with his beaming 5-year […]
I was an imaginative child, and imaginative children can be dangerous, especially during the holidays. What separates the adorable from the dangerous is a single belief, namely that Santa Claus employs a whole network of magical elves that can make all the toys that just can’t be found in stores. I don’t know how my […]
I had a highly sensitive tongue growing up How sensitive, you ask? I could distinguish Bisquick pancakes from Krusteaz pancakes, by taste, and decided I loved Bisquick and hated Krusteaz. My grandma knew this, pitied my condition, and did her very best to mess with me any chance she got. Her mission: to disprove my […]
Honor Flight takes World War II veterans from around the country on one last mission: to visit their memorials in Washington DC and be properly honored for their service and sacrifice. Among them is Ed Jarrett and his family.
If you haven’t seen Meet the Parents with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, here’s the gist. A guy meets his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. He’s clumsy, accident-prone, and a male nurse. Her father is super-conservative, will accept nothing less than perfection for his daughter, and happens to be ex-CIA. Spoiler alert: it […]
Home means something different to everyone. It can be a house, an apartment, a neighborhood, a city, wherever you come from. To many people, it isn’t even a place. As they say, “home is where the heart is.” Home isn’t a location; it’s an abstract concept. Essentially, it’s just what you come from. I didn’t […]
The Children’s Wish Foundation gave Madison Babineau one wish as she battled cancer. She chose to give her wish away to help kids in Africa. See how one girl’s selfless act made the difference to a lot of people.
A few weeks ago, my brother asked me if I wanted to go to Las Vegas to see a band I’d never heard of. The band sounded intriguing, but what piqued my interest the most was taking a road trip with my brother, just the two of us. Honestly, it didn’t take much convincing to […]
It was a conversation like many others before it. I was exchanging banter with my parents in Salt Lake City, the party capital of the world, when suddenly, they both snapped to attention, ears cocked as if detecting a disturbance in the Force. Zoe was near. I waited a minute for the dust to settle […]
What if your whole family was in the circus? While this has been the daydream of many a youngster, for the Nolander family, it is a daily reality. This family of five packed up their life in Oregon and moved to San Diego, where they have been training constantly since.