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Time flies: My youngest is already one year old

Time flies: My youngest is already one year old

Editor March 15, 2014 Comments Off

My baby turned a year old Monday. The youngest of four, he will be my baby forever and ever and ever. Studies confirm this, that mothers view their youngest children as smaller than they

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Time with my young daughter is flying by too fast

Time with my young daughter is flying by too fast

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off

The group of girls outside the bookstore appeared to be junior high-aged. There were four of them at the table, each girl with a latte in her hand, very grown up and sophisticated. They

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Trying to declutter my house is thankless task with kids

Trying to declutter my house is thankless task with kids

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off

I’ve been on a decluttering binge lately. The new year, it always gives me the organization bug. I find myself buying baskets and bins, a bookshelf, cubbies–all in the hopes that this time I

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The day my life almost changed forever leaves me thankful

The day my life almost changed forever leaves me thankful

Editor February 21, 2014 Comments Off

It started like most any other Sunday here at my house. The baby woke up laughing, like he always does, at the crack of dawn. In a fog of fatigue, I brewed a pot

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Slidell woman relives Olympic torch carry

Slidell woman relives Olympic torch carry

Editor February 14, 2014 Comments Off

By CHRISSY SMITH Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – Although the XXII Olympic Winter games will be taking place in Sochi, Russia this month, Slidell’s JoAnn Chelchowski has her own connection to the Olympics. In

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My procrastination is going to get the best of me

My procrastination is going to get the best of me

Editor February 8, 2014 Comments Off

I am a terrible procrastinator. Always have been. Here’s the thing, though. I write for a newspaper. Deadlines! For me, and procrastinators like me, deadlines are both a blessing and a curse. A blessing,

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Knowing the right things to say as a parent is tough

Knowing the right things to say as a parent is tough

Editor January 31, 2014 Comments Off

It was bedtime. I was tucking in my 6-year-old daughter Juliet. The second born of four, she is my only girl. It was an exciting night. The weather forecast mentioned the possibility of snow

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Chiri-Brumit wed

Chiri-Brumit wed

Editor January 24, 2014 Comments Off

Kevin Michael Chiri Jr. and Lauren Elizabeth Brumit were married on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla., with a small ceremony involving family and close friends, held in front of the lighthouse

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Parents with preferences are completely normal

Parents with preferences are completely normal

Editor January 10, 2014 Comments Off

I have this friend; she’s the mother of three boys. From the very first time she found out she was expecting, she has longed for a daughter. Annoying disclaimer: she is devoted to, and

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Other family messes make mine feel better

Other family messes make mine feel better

Editor January 10, 2014 Comments Off

I’m sitting in my house on a rainy morning, cup of coffee in my hand, and a pile of laundry, Everest in size, beckoning me. It’s huge. Mammoth in proportion. I’m not sure I’ve

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One Christmas tradition will last a lifetime for my family

One Christmas tradition will last a lifetime for my family

Editor December 19, 2013 Comments Off

The holidays are great fun when one has small children, but there’s a lot of pressure, I’m finding. I’m creating traditions for these little people, things they will look back on fondly when they

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Being thankful all year is no easy task

Being thankful all year is no easy task

Editor November 27, 2013 Comments Off

Today is Thanksgiving, and I have a confession to make. I am not always so good at giving thanks. In fact, at times in my life, I’ve been pretty ungrateful. It can be easy

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Still not sure how to handle every situation with special son

Still not sure how to handle every situation with special son

Editor November 15, 2013 Comments Off

I was nearly five months pregnant when we found out our first child would be born with a rare chromosome disorder that would lead to developmental disability. I was terrified. And heartbroken. I knew

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30, End of Story

30, End of Story

Editor October 9, 2013 Comments Off

By Pat Chiri The time has come to say 30, which is the journalism term, for end of story. And so after 40-plus years as a news reporter, photographer and animal advocate/activist, I am

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Vaccinations keep your pets healthy

Vaccinations keep your pets healthy

Editor August 12, 2013 Comments Off

Any responsible animal owner knows how important it is to keep your pets current on these important shots. Many such shots are given annually, but recent research has indicated that such a vaccination regime

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Pet sitters are important part of having an animal

Pet sitters are important part of having an animal

Editor August 12, 2013 Comments Off

Although, “Back to School” signs are going up, there’s still plenty of vacation time left for that trip. But if you have pets and cannot take them along on vacation, a professional and certified

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Time for perfect back-to-school breakfast recipes

Time for perfect back-to-school breakfast recipes

Editor August 12, 2013 Comments Off

The first day of school is upon us, and I can hardly believe it. Where did the summer go? One second I was convinced I’d never make it through the dog days of summer

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Grateful my special-needs child had a great time at camp

Grateful my special-needs child had a great time at camp

Editor August 12, 2013 Comments Off

Faithful readers of this column (hi, Mom!) will recall that I dropped my oldest child off at camp last week. I was pretty anxious about it. He’s only 7, and it was his first

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Would you do this for your pet in an emergency?

Would you do this for your pet in an emergency?

Editor July 27, 2013 Comments Off

Pet owners everywhere feel they are dedicated to their pets and their welfare. There are untold stories everyday of disabled animals rescued and helped. There are many disabled, and healthy, who are left to

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Nervous about my special son going to camp for a week

Nervous about my special son going to camp for a week

Editor July 27, 2013 Comments Off

I am writing this column from Birmingham, Ala., where I am staying briefly on my way to take my son to camp. Camp! For a week! In north Alabama! Scott is 7, the oldest

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