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The Working Mom - 8.17.15


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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The cool parents

Have you been around “those parents” before? Ah yes, the cool parents. You know who they are---they wear similar style clothes as their kids, they use the same slang phrases, and they know what apps are popular this month. These parents (by no fault of their own) make me feel like the little kid who has been on the bench all year and, when my time comes to get in the game, I trip on the way out of the dugout. Although I am in the game, I am not good as I want to be. What do I mean by that? Let me give you a few examples.

In the 80s we had cassette tapes that went in a big boom box that claimed to be “portable”, but all of you who grew up in that era know that the best boom box weighed enough to mandate a seatbelt. However, we never used it in the car because it took a bazillion size D batteries that lasted for one trip to the mall in Rochester.

In today’s world, my cell phone is the size of a cassette tape and I misplace it on a daily basis. The office next door to mine sees my phone on a weekly basis---they have the lost and found box for the building. Not a cool parent. I also think my wardrobe is socially challenged. When a working mom wears business clothes from 6 a.m. and often past 6 p.m., much of those few hours of casual time are often spent in carefully selected comfy pajamas. My casual wardrobe sucks and is definitely not on the cool parent scale.

And, lastly, how embarrassing is it that I have installed the Merriam-Webster and Wikipedia apps on my phone only to look up words or people so I understand who or what my son is talking about! No, I am not totally ignorant about current events or what is popular, but it can be a struggle keeping on top of the trends.

I am not on my game and, despite my best efforts, it is exhausting trying to be a cool parent. Heck, I would be happy to have a slight chill every once in a while. The best part of this sad sack article is that my son prefers me just as I am. He laughs (only a little) when he shows me a new feature on my cell phone that I have had for over a year. If I wear a swimsuit I might as well be nude in his eyes—so covering up of my mama jiggles satisfies us both (ha!); and, lastly, he is more than willing to let me know that he knows more than I do and is usually sharing his explanation or opinion before I click into Wiki. Thank goodness he has come to accept me just as I am---a cool mom on the insi .....
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A little bit of this, A little bit of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
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Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll whether the weather Whether we like it or not! I am not liking the tropical weather we have been experiencing lately. It is good for the hostas, but hard on the humans. The heat a ..... 
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Real Bites - The Cracked Egg An international diner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Right next to the Lanesboro bp Food Shop, you’ll find a place that many people refer to as the old Chat-N-Chew. Yes, it was the Chat-N-Chew for many years, but now there’s a new chef in town by the name of Adam Mindrum. And, Adam has brought ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Have you ever been “The New Kid on the Block”? And just who is the new kid on the block? Believe it or not, this phrase was coined in the U.S. and first seen in the 1940s in the cartoon “Skippy”. There are many synonyms used to describe “ ..... 
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A View From the Woods - 7.20.15

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
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Garden Artistry Picture a warm, breezy evening. Four of the most beautiful gardens in the county await as you set off on a tour exploring how four gardeners created their individual artistic expressions on the landscape. With great anticipation, yo ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from your garden: Kale and Potato Gratin

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
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Earlier this year I planted four kale seedlings in my garden, and then totally forgot about them. Kale is a simple leafy green from the brassica family (which means it’s related to cabbages and broccoli, among other plants) and has been cultivated ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 6.22.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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“Back in the day When there were Preston Bluejays, There was the Victory Café.” It was located next to what is now the Preston IGA. Lunch specials were served daily; but each one contained real mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and some canne ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - 6.15.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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It’s that time of the year when uninvited guests arrive….and I don’t mean relatives. It’s that little social insect…ANTS. Ants are social because they live and work together, where they feed and protect one another. Actually they are an ..... 
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A View From the Woods - The Earth’s Call

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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One of my favorite publications, The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener, just arrived in my mailbox. It is a dense mixture of updates on organic farming policy, tips for the gardener, and farsighted explorations of emerging issues. From the esoteric t ..... 
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